Like all other social networking sites, it sometimes becomes difficult to prevent strangers from seeing or commenting on your content. Twitter is no different in this regard. That’s exactly the reason why many people always look to do something to keep strangers following them on Twitter. There is nothing to tell if the followers are malicious or weird, which is why you should think twice before letting a stranger follow you on this social network site.
The good thing is that Twitter itself comes with a number of ways to ensure that you don’t have to face any issues when trying to keep someone from following you. But before you could proceed and take an action against such shady characters, it is important to first educate yourself about the types of strangers available on Twitter.
Different Types of Strangers on Twitter
Something that people love about Twitter is that it’s crowded with all types of people – there are maniacs, celebrities, obsessive fans, and average people. However, this could also become annoying at times, which is why you should ensure that you don’t let all of them keep following you around.
The types of strangers you should avoid include the following.
- The Spammers – You should understand the simple thing that the spammers are bad, and they always use you and your followers to promote trash about their latest special offers or anything that you have nothing to do with. You should do your best to identify these folks and report them.
- The Bot – It is true that a bot is not a human, but it can still make your stay on Twitter less fulfilling. The problem is that these bots come with different Tweets that they keep sending automatically. To identify them, you simply need to send them an instant message, and if you receive an automated response, this could be a sign that you’re dealing with a machine. While they may not be dangerous, they are annoying and useless.
- The Carrier – You will also find this type of follower on Twitter. They could be dangerous because they spread malware. To accomplish their goal, they don’t mind using bots and humans. The most common way of these ‘Carriers’ to work is to make you click a link that takes you to a page that infects your computer.
A Little More about Bots
You don’t have to worry much about bots, as you will find many people who don’t mind employing bots to help streamline the Twitter process. The interesting thing is that even Twitter wouldn’t take actions against these individuals because they don’t break a rule. There are ways to use bots without hurting Twitter terms and conditions. For instance, if you have so many followers, it would take you a lot of time to thank them all for following you. Alternatively, you can simply install bots that will automatically ‘thank’ your followers for being around for you. Similarly, some bots also help find people who share interests with you.
Make Use of Anti-Spam Mechanisms
Now you know about different types of followers you will find on Twitter, it is important to understand different ways to stop them all from following you. The first thing you can do is use an anti-spam mechanism. Fake Follower Check is a good choice – it comes from StatusPeople and works quite well to identify followers. You can use it with ease and find those followers who are bogus or are no longer active. You should seriously think of using this particular add-on in case you’re selling products or services.
In case you have received hundreds of messages from the same spammer, you can simply use this add-on to find the name of that user. Once you know the name, it is easy to get rid of them by simply blocking them or reporting them to Twitter – we suggest both. The reason is that when you report a spammer, the chances are that you will stop receiving any messages from the same person. This doesn’t happen all the time, which is the reason why it is a good idea to report a spammer and block them as well.
Identifying a Legitimate Follower
It is not easy to determine if the person who is following you is real or not, but you can try a few tips to collect some information in this regard. For instance, you need to check how many followers a person who is following you has. A good indication that you’re dealing with bots is that they will be following many accounts but only a few would be following them. If that’s the case, remove them from your account immediately. Just make sure you don’t make a hasty decision and remove someone who is only new to Twitter. It is common for new users to have fewer followers – you should acknowledge this fact and proceed accordingly.
Learn to Hide Your Tweets
One good thing about Twitter is that it offers you full control over who can gain access to your Tweets. You simply need to enable “Protect my Tweets” to keep your tweets limited to your own followers – no stranger would see it. To do this, you need to click the gear icon on your Twitter page and go to settings menu where you will find a menu for Privacy. Go there and activate “Protect My Tweets”. No outsider will be able to view it.
One last resort is to block a person if you think they are useless. This will stop them from seeing your tweets – they will also be unable to send any instant message. Do keep in mind that though this will block the person, but this will never be an IP ban. It means they can simply start another account to start following you once again. However, if you block someone by mistake, it’s easy to unblock them. You simply need to click “Followers” and find that user on your list. Now, simply press it and you can ‘block’ or ‘unblock’ a follower with ease.