StephanieElizabeth | stephaniebeth

Why I have unfollowed a lot of you

Jan 8th 2013 at 3:16 AM

Hey

Some of you may have wondered (or even, asked!) why I follow so many people on this site, and only 1/10 of those people follows me back?

The truth is, I know nothing about Marketing or Social Media! When I joined up, I did it because someone told me it would drive more traffic to my blogs (which it did, so thank you!). I made the silly mistake of thinking following more people=more people following me=getting more attention=getting more feedback=being well liked and finally =make more money.

I lied to myself. I told you guys half truths. I got some things partly right, but I didn't understand the whole thing. Or much of it at all.

The truth is, with websites like this+facebook+twitter, people usually follow you because you have something to offer, they like you or because you are following them.

I got a lot more followers than I deserved because I included a lot about myself on my profile, I put a nice picture up of myself, I messaged a few people and I spent a month or three adding every single member I could find.

I learnt that if I followed inactive members, they had a small chance of returning to the site and increasing their population. I know it happened a few times, but I'm not sure if it was 1% of inactive accounts or 10%. Did I chance/improve their lives? I have no idea. Did I annoy a lot of people? Probably, and I'll probably never know.

The point of websites like this is to network and make connections. Build up relationships with a few people you admire, help each other out in business ventures and get a little bit more succesful with every person you meet. It's like how in Pokemon, you should work on each level of a pets skills to make them the best creature they can be, instead of leveling up quickly and missing things! That is exactly what I've done with this account.

To make the most of websites like this, you need to be genuine and honest. You need to work hard, but take things slowly. Don't follow more people than you know. Don't follow someone unless you have talked to them first. Not everyone on here (or anywhere) is worth following, or is offering anything at all. People like me are mostly here to learn.

People who have 20 connections with people on this site but are swopping information, building friendships and slowly building their businesses are achieving a lot more than me! I don't even have a business yet, or possibly ever! I just wanted to get more page views, feel a little bit more loved, feel important etc. I wasn't here for the right reasons, but I want to start!

Don't ask me for advice on getting lots of followers! I don't know what I'm doing. Someone could call me a spammer and be 99.9% right! Adding people with no intention of making contact defeats the purpose of imfaceplate. Don't be like me!

Anyway....

The reason I am deleting people from imfaceplate, is because I have just signed up for cancer, and want geniune connections with people. A lot of the people I follow have only followed me because I followed them first, they don't have twitter, they never talk to me, they don't have a profile picture, I have no idea who they are or vice versa. I want to start from scratch and do it right! I want to know people on here, not just recognise their name and face. Also, I'm not sure what the point in following people on this site is? Is there some sort of imfaceplate feed somewhere on the site? I don't know. If you follow 10,000+ people (or 15,000+ people like I was before...), you aren't going to see many updates at all! Not from any one person anyway. So, whats the point?

I was going to add all of my imfaceplate ''contacts''/''followers''/''people I follow'' on twitter, but I have found you can't follow more than 2000 people unless you are being followed by big groups of people! Bummer!

So now... I'm just following people I'm interested in, and have something to offer me- it doesn't have to be marketing related, I like interesting people, funny stuff, pictures and quotes. I follow a wide range of people now.

What I will try to do, is add everyone I'm currently subscribed to on an imfaceplate list on twitter, so others can find you, and if I want to follow you later, I can! I have already followed a good amount of you on twitter, and didn't bother adding you to my list. If that is the case, you are welcome to @mention me, or send me a private message and I will add you- I have heard rumours that you can add yourself to public lists, so there is always that option too!

Follow me: https://twitter.com/imstephplate

My IMFacePlate List: https://twitter.com/imstephplate/imfaceplaters/members

By the end of this process, I will probably only be following 3 people on the imfaceplate website, and may only have 200 people following me, but I'm alright with that! Better to have 20 people that have my back/support me/my dreams, than 15,000 people who have my name on a vague list somewhere!

Don't you agree? ;-)

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Sep 25th 2015 at 4:58 PM by nathanservicesinc
You did well to understand this observation and make a note of it. I think you did a wonderful job expressing yourself clearly here. I guess I was more impressed with that than anything else. Posting content like what you've expressed here is a wonderful addition to this website. Keep up the good work and hang in there Stephanie, you'll do well in the end. Nathan Services Inc.
   
Oct 28th 2013 at 1:53 AM by foxychops
interesting ... good article and I agree
   
Jul 9th 2013 at 7:26 PM by TravisFord
A very bold blog. I have not loggin Imfaceplate in over a year an I am glad I have one follower- you.
   
May 20th 2013 at 4:58 PM by topnetworkeral
I think people will always have several reasons to follow, or unfollow others; it's best that we respect all those reasons and allow each person to find the Reasons that fit 'them' best. Great article though; ImFaceplate is an awesome tool - MORE people should use it.
   
Feb 15th 2013 at 9:44 PM by thisuserexists
100% agree!! thank you
   

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