Like everything else, our online profiles are a reflection on us. It’s part of our brand. Even our statistics tell a lot about us. How many followers do you have compared to the number of people you’re following? How many tweets do you have? Are people that I recognize and respect following you? Do you have a profile pic and use your real name?
If you’re anything like me, you’re inundated with email notifications that you have new followers and friend requests (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Amplify, Blokube, BizSugar and on and on it goes). Even if you’re managing your accounts with tools, you still are faced with decisions. Who is worthy of your connection? Do you have an online networking strategy or do you follow back everyone who wants to connect with you?
If the same rules that apply to networking face-to-face apply to social networking online, we need to be cognizant of whom we’re connecting with. After all, we don’t want to be associated with spammers and we don’t want spammers spamming us.
My 8 Reasons to NOT Connect with Someone Online
#1) No Name – (Your name is not basketball shoes.)
#2) No Profile Pic – (Please, go to Gravatar.com and grab one.)
#3) An overtly sexy profile pic – (Sorry, this immediately makes me think you’re running an escort service.)
#4) Zero Tweets + Thousands of Followers – (Does this make sense to anyone?)
#5) No Bio – (A bio that talks about something I can’t relate to or don’t approve of scares me away.)
#6) No Link to a Website/Blog – (If I have any concerns about following you, I need to know more.)
#7) Your Online Activity – (Please, share something from someone else. Shameless self-promotion has it’s place but can get annoying.)
#8) Zero Connections – (If I’m a total stranger, why ask me to be your 1st connection? At least write me a note and tell me why.)
What’s your take? Do you agree with my reasons? Do you have more to add? For more on this subject, I recommend reading Rick LaPoint’s article “Social Media: Phony Following Twits” where he reveals the “darker side of Twitter”.