I have been using Twitter for awhile but I have a question that I am hoping someone can answer for me.  I get new followers but my number of followers doesn't reflect it.  So, for example, I may add 10 people but my number of followers only goes up by one or not at all.  Can someone explain this?

Thanks so much!

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Followers are the people who choose to follow you. "Following" is who you choose to follow. :)

Thanks but I should clarify.  I know that I follow and have followers.  What I mean is...even when I get new followers my number of followers doesn't increase.  So let's say I have 900 followers and I get 10 new followers...my number either doesn't reflect that or it doesn't go up at all.  It is as if the counter is not working or is inaccurate.  I would love for someone to explain this to me.  I am finding it frustrating.  And it isn't as though you can contact someone on Twitter : /

Hope someone out there can help :)

you may be losing as fast as gaining. people are fickle and unless you're steadily providing useful links and good quotes and fun stuff, they're not likely to stick around. do you tweet regularly?

Tweet all the time.  And my number of who I follow can fluctuate and I don't touch that!  Hmmmm....

Also, I hear what you're saying but that rate of gain to drop would be coincidentally high.

You'd be surprised how many people follow then unfollow you after you follow them, I think because they're trying to increase their number of followers to become "popular." So they follow everyone, then unfollow the ones that don't follow them or that they're not interested in (after they give you a few days to follow them). I don't do this, but I've noticed it, and it's really stupid.

You can't control who follows you, so I suggest not focusing on your number of followers.

You have to clean out your followers every so often and only keep the ones that have things in common with you. It's not about quantity its the quality of your followers. Plus you have to post good content or you will lose followers. If you have followers in your stream that have no interest in what your tweeting they will un-follow you. So be careful who you follow, or who you let follow you. If you're a writer and you follow companies like GE, Coke, Pepsi, that doesn't really make sense and won't work. You want to follow other authors, bloggers, publishers, book reviewers, social media marketers, etc. You want to make lists, that is a major help on Twitter.

I hope that helped.

Thanks for the tips.  I actually have been rather selective about who I choose to follow and I try to make sure that they make sense for me (ie. fellow writers, editors, publishers, etc.)

I try to tweet a lot of content but it can be time consuming :)  So I guess I will just keep at it.  It does seem like a fickle social media outlet though :)


Try scheduling your tweets, then you will have the entire day to yourself.


The people are not following you back love. 

I think you misunderstood my inquiry.  I know certain individuals don't follow me back.  What I mean is...

For example, yesterday 10 new people started to follow me but my number of followers doesn't reflect the addition.  I am going to stop questioning it and just give over to the Gods of twitter.

thanks :)


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