Twitter Purge Strategy
Is deleting your follows the solution to spam? Yes!
But does it make Twitter a better place? No!
Top Twitter User deletes 106 000 Followers
This message just triggered a buzz on Twitter and there are good reasons for it. First it shows that people get fed up by spam. Second it shows, that social networks attract spam marketers, similar to email which attracts spammers and third it shows the hypocrisy of those who have used all the tricks to build a big network to then preach to others not to use the real success strategy but to be more catholic than the pope.
Finally, it shows the ingratitude of a successful networker who deletes all those who have built his network. If you are not followed you cannot follow beyond the limits set by Twitter.
In as much as I am concerned, I recommend to all twitterers to unfollow Robert Scoble and the accounts notsecretscoble and scobleizer and to apply Roberts recipe to Robert.
Social Networking is a give an take
From 106 000 deleted follows, 7 000 have stopped following Robert about instantly ( probably people who base their strategy on the give and take principle). Robert could not care less, his “clean” network is built and a few drop outs won’t matter.
How if all his followers unfollowed Robert, how if all his followers applied the same principle and just deleted Robert from their list? In this case Robert’s network would collapse within hours. Days and weeks of work would go down the drain.
I respect the work done by Robert Scoble and I admire the performance. Too bad he cuts off with such a drastic measure which does not help people to build better networks nor does it help Twitter to become a better place.
There are other ways to prevent spam and to block those who actually are spamming us on Twitter.
Look out for more on this subject.