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The Top 10 or 11ish Some Odd Reasons People Will Not Follow You on Twitter

Photo courtesy of Nemo’s Great Uncle’s

Rocky’s Top 10 or 11ish list

Wondering why you have ZERO meaningful interaction on Twitter? Here is a humorous clue.

11. You are following 1000 people, and 2 are following you (and they are spammers thinking they are going to dupe you.)

10. The words “Follow Me” are in your profile.

9.. You are a self proclaimed “Guru” or “Expert.” (and if you’re such an expert why are you begging people to follow you?!?!?)

8. Seriously, do you really think I believe an attractive college co-ed has nothing better to do on a Friday night than Tweet with a 34 year old married father of one? If you are that lonely, get a job or buy a dog. (Besides, I am MARRIED to a HOT YOUNG WIFE!).

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7. I do not Twitter to “buy a boat, windows, spa, or a gentle laxative to ease my constipation!”

6. I thought this spot was appropriate for the “6 Figure Team.” Enough said!

5. Get rid of the terms “wealthy, rich, and millionaire.”

4. Real estate agents, here is a tip… interact with some folks while tweeting, use an @yourname every so often. Two way communication goes along way.

3. Also real estate agents, you do not need to put your city in every post. Honest, we get it, you sell Akron (I lived there once, then moved back to Paradise)!

2. Again on the real estate agents, average twitter users do not care that you just listed yet another multi million dollar home. Just because you post it does not mean other owners of multi-million dollar homes, (or multi-thousand dollars homes for that fact) will hire you to meet their real estate needs. Let alone follow you on twitter. (Hint take a look at who is really following you. I will bet dollars to donuts its someone mentioned above. Trust me, I have looked at some of your followers!)

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1.5 You have a block M as your avatar (Thank you @toddwaller for suggesting I do not follow these types! ;^P)

1.Your Twitter Handle is @gotbob… Just kidding buddy, its really that I would not follow @laniar!

Here’s the “Take Home”

Be yourself on Twitter, a husband, father, brother, son, friend, lover of anything star wars, or the person with a longer 2nd toe.

We the twitter users are not stupid and blind, we can see through most facades. Do not jump in to Twitter and scream “Im here, follow me cause I am great and you need to buy from me because I know all.” People will avoid you like you have a leprosy. Twitter is like a party, get in, chat to a few people, get to know them build some trust, most importantly “MAKE SOME FRIENDS!” It truly is alright to talk a little about real estate. After all, it is what you do. However It is not going to kill you to say “hi, hello, I like dogs” or “yeah, I also have a 3rd nipple.”

After a month or few after taking true meaningful interest in a Twitter user, the next thing you know you will receive an open tweet like this (and pray your local competition does not see it!)

This list is in now way definitive or comprehensive, what are some other ways to build long lasting true friendships?

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Writer for national real estate opinion column, focusing on the improvement of the real estate industry by educating peers about technology, real estate legislation, ethics, practices and brokerage with the end result being that consumers have a better experience.



  1. Chris Shouse

    September 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    LOL @Rockson funny I just asked a Realtor this morning on Twitter after 30 or so posts about fiddling with her blog post or some such and then the post…I asked if that was all she had to say:) But then what do I know?

  2. Dale Chumbley

    September 6, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Rock on @rockson!

    Nice post and great tips for the new & old Twitterers alike. It’s about the relationships! Duh people, get it. ;?)

  3. Teresa Boardman

    September 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the advice about not putting the name of your town in every tweet. Bloggers do that too. find it annoying. Also it is true with the names. I honestly get confused and don’t know who I am following because they don’t use their real names. A consultant and writer recommended that agents tweet out “open house at 123 sunny street…” bad advice. Nough said. Great post Bill.

  4. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    September 6, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    What the hell? How’d I get dragged into this? Your toes look funny.

  5. Missy Caulk

    September 6, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    LOL, @Rockson, I love that block M. I love Todd Waller too.

  6. Todd Waller

    September 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    From Delaware, OH: Too funny Rocky! I didn’t realize that you had a third nipple…kinda scary and definitely TMI!

  7. Bill Lublin

    September 6, 2008 at 3:15 pm


    I SELL REAL ESTATE IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS, MONTGOMERY, DELAWARE AND CHESTER COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL AS IN NEW JERSEY **I would think that after all this time in the bologsphere they would realize those tactics don’t work

    I SELL REAL ESTATE IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS, MONTGOMERY, DELAWARE AND CHESTER COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL AS IN NEW JERSEY **But I guess that some people will always assume that they can be self serving without other people being smart enough to realize it

    I SELL REAL ESTATE IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS, MONTGOMERY, DELAWARE AND CHESTER COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL AS IN NEW JERSEY ** Oh BTW @TBoard – this post was from Rocky, not from me – he’s younger and better looking 😉

  8. rocky

    September 6, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Bill, I was getting ready to tell TBoard I am not as distinguished looking as you. Also, do you sell real estate? If so, where at?

    Lani, You are the “New Media Director,’ you are young and will adjust. BTW do you really want to see my toes? I have a camera right here and can send you a pick. FYI stubbed my pinky toe last night… Not pretty.

    Missy, You are flat out sick! Two wrongs do not make it right.

    TBoard, I am araid to drop “Rockson” since that is how I am now identified.

    Todd, nice day today in paradise aint it? Also, that was not a 3rd nipple, thats my belly.

  9. Bill Lublin

    September 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Rocky Please get Lani’s title right She is;
    The Queen of All Social and New media
    The Empress of Effervescence
    AND The Snarkiest Girl in North America (with all respect to Poppy who is the snarkiest girl in the UK)

  10. Mariana

    September 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    @rockson this was a very cool and lol post. Except, if you aren’t following @laniar then you must be a loser. … just sayin’.

  11. Alvin

    September 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    M Go Blue!

  12. Poppy Dinsey

    September 7, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Great (and funny) post Rocky. I never follow people that have no @replies in their archive…not interested in people who throw stuff out there and don’t interact. Newbies often want to follow a zillion people at once but they need to do it gradually or they’ll never get followed back. And as for people with manky toes…eeeeew! I didn’t realise you suffered from that…I’m going to Twitter to unfollow you right now!

  13. Mack

    September 7, 2008 at 6:59 am

    @rockson Thanks for the article. It’s even good to learn from the comments here.

  14. Matt Wilkins

    September 7, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Home Run! Great post in terms of relevance mixed iwth humor. One thingI find important is to clearly describe yourself and your occupation or business in your BIO line. one of my big factors in following people who follow me (unless I already know them) is what they do. I find that most people in Real Estate will gladly follow a fellew Real Estat professional as long as they know that from the get go.

  15. ines

    September 8, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    OMG – I can’t stop laughing!! this is friggin’ HILARIOUS!

  16. Lesley

    September 9, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Hmmmm now I am getting a complex. I am a REALTOR and I have twitterfeed on my blog, which will post my listings and sometimes I mention that I work in Westfield, MA. I have never been courageous enough to admit that my feet are heinous (phew I feel better now) but I “think” I interract like a normal person. I mean it: I am this annoying in person, too!

    ps, follow me!!! me!!! me!!! @LesleyRealtor ;p

  17. Rocky V

    February 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    A client I linked to changed her twitter ID. Just updaint it

    Its the first public tweet I received asking for help finding a home!

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