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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 09:27 AM

I know a lot of you guys don't like social media, but at this time I need it.  That being said-I have an unknown follower on twitter.  Why would someone that I don't know follow me?  I can only guess for nefarious reasons.  Any advice would be of great help as I have been lucky so far with my poor security habits.  Really, I try to be careful and read as much as possible but still don't get a lot of it.


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 11:11 AM

You're making a lot of assumptions. I suggest that you go into settings and change your account to private. And if you're concerned about someone following you, you can block him. I get all kinds of people following me that I don't know. I just look at the account to find out more about it and see what the activity is. If the account doesn't interest me or I think it's spam, I don't follow it back. Most of these accounts are harmless follower trolls. So if I don't follow them back, they usually unfollow me in due course. I use an app to keep track of that. Unless you click on a link, you can't catch anything from Twitter. One thing to be concerned about is random spam Tweets. I got a couple recently telling me I won a prize. If I had clicked on the link, I would have been infected. I reported both to Twitter and even if the accounts aren't suspended, both are blocked. I have two other rules. I never follow a private account and anyone who uses something like #TeamFollowBack doesn't get a follow from me. Too much spam from those kind of accounts. And when I called a guy out about #TeamFollowBack, he blocked me...lol. They're looking for suckers.



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Posted 01 November 2014 - 12:26 PM

There can be many other reasons for someone to follow you than malicious reasons.

 

Does this person Tweet? Then ask this person why he/she followed you.


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#4 pcpunk

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 02:28 PM

Okay guys I will look into these options, thanks! don't know much about all this.  It appears that it is a private person so I think I will just block them? or ask them why they are following me.


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 02:38 PM

It appears that it is a private person so I think I will just block them? or ask them why they are following me.

 

I'm not understanding you. Why are you using Twitter if you don't want followers?

You realize that what you write on Twitter is public (unless you protect your Tweets), and that anybody can read your Tweets, not only followers?

 

For example, go to http://twitter.com/DidierStevens and everybody can read my Tweets, even persons without a Twitter account.


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 02:43 PM

Okay, I just am not real familiar with it all, but, don't know why someone that does not know me would follow me.  I rarely tweet and if I do it is to other public figures.  I wouldn't even follow me lol


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 02:50 PM

Well, then know that it is normal that you will get followers.

 

Some will be bots or other accounts that are nor real persons, and some will be real persons.

Some persons will follow you because they have something to offer you, some because you Tweeted something interesting, some because you were recommended to them (for example by Twitter), ...

 

I have 10000+ followers and I've seen all kind of people follow me.

 

But like frankp316 and I said: if you don't want followers, make your Tweets private. Then you will be able to approve followers.

 

Blocking followers because you don't understand why they follow you is kinda rude.


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 06:16 PM

Though it's not as bad as Facebook, Twitter is the wild west of the internet. I use it to promote my blog. Tonight I will be live Tweeting while watching Invicta FC MMA on UFC Fight Pass. If you're a private person, you shouldn't be on Twitter in the first place. And though you can privatize your account, it defeats the purpose of Twitter and that's why I don't follow private accounts. Everything on Twitter is public. it's not supposed to be private. you're not supposed to know everyone who follows you. I used to be a big RSS proponent. But Twitter has replaced RSS so I use that to keep up with news. And you get to talk to people all over the world. I was tweeting this morning with a Japanese MMA fan and he will watch tonight's show too. Anyway, since Didier posted a link to his Twitter account, Here's a link to mine.

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/frankp316



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 11:28 AM

Cool I like MMA also and I will try to tailor my site to what I need.


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 01:18 PM

One other possibility about having random people follow you. When new Twitter accounts are made, during that process, a list of names is shown of public profiles this new member may choose to follow as a suggestion. If that new member is completely clueless, and your twitter name comes up and they happen to choose it. Guess what? You now have a new unknown to you follower.

I'm only offering this as another possibility of how this random follower could have gained your account info. Not saying thats what happened.

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 01:37 PM

Animal, it appears that something like this to be true as the person is not following anymore, as far as I can tell.  Where would I see who is following me, can't find it.  I can only guess it is because no one is currently following me?


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 02:21 PM

FAQ's on following on twitter: https://support.twitter.com/articles/14019-faqs-about-following#

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 03:44 PM

Login to https://twitter.com, and in the upper left corner, under your name/handle, you'll see counters for Tweets, Following and Followers.


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

Didier

Thanks, it must be as I said, because there is no "Followers" title there? so that person must have made a mistake and stopped following me lol.  I don't know, I don't follow this twitter very well, don't understand what people are saying half the time.  They seem to speak in incomplete sentences and talk a lot of nonsense.  Even people I normally like as entertainers, motorcycle racers and MMA fighters etc.  I think it is a disease like an STD lol, one that makes you nonsensical lol.  I'm still learning though so I will be watching this thread and probably be posting back for some help.  It would be nice if these sites had a simple operation map-so to speak.

 

P.S. What the hell does # mean or is used for.  All I see is hashtag this and hashtag that lol. it's so silly.  Okay I just googled it so I guess it's mostly a twitter thing?


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 05:22 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag


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