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5 Reasons Why Random People Follow You On Social Media

5 Reasons Why Random People Follow You On Social Media

For anybody who has used social media services for any extended period of time, you’ll be well accustomed to the occurrence of random follows or adds, whether it’s on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other social media site.

Why would a random person add me? That’s a question social media users ask ourselves a lot. It’s not always for the same reasons, but every time it happens, you can’t help but wonder: where did that come from?

It can be a weird experience, especially if there isn’t an obvious angle to their action. For some people, though, who experience random follows regularly (read famous people), the occurrence is dealt with nonchalantly. For the rest of us, every time a random becomes part of your followers’ section, it’s a far more noticeable event.

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Below is a list of possible reasons for a random to be following you, which will hopefully help you to wrap your head around this occurrence.

1. A case of mistaken identity

One of the most common reasons for this type of thing to occur is someone thinking you are somebody else. It’s more common if you have the same or a similar name to someone they intend to add, but it can also happen if you look alike. If you’re using a service that includes profile pictures, then it’s understandable if someone adds you under the assumption that you’re a particular person.

Often times this type of occurrence is remedied when they try and contact you. If they don’t, though, then they’ll continue their life thinking your posts are from someone else (which is why you should always question a random add from the get-go).

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It’s important to note that some people are more reluctant than others to question a follow. Sometimes, “ignorance is bliss” takes over and they don’t want to believe that someone didn’t intend to follow them. Other times it’s because people don’t want to fall victim to scammers and spammers, to be riddled with malware in carefully crafted messages. You shouldn’t have to worry about the latter, though, if you’re using a secure service, but the former is forever going to be a problem.

2. They added you because they liked what they saw.

This doesn’t necessarily mean they like the look of you (although they could very well be the case), and could simply be that they saw a post you made and liked it. Some people add those who they think they may share common ground with.

Perhaps they saw a post of yours that was humorous, and they figured you have the same sense of humor as them. Maybe you made a post that featured you promoting an activity they enjoy, like the gym, and they found a connection with you there. It’s all about the wonders of microblogging — sharing your thoughts with others.

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3. Sometimes, it’s genuine.

There isn’t always a hidden agenda or a strange reason behind this phenomenon. Sometimes a person may feel as though that’s what occurs on the internet. Maybe they are new to the social network game, or maybe they genuinely wish to have “friends” to contact and communicate with.

Everybody is different, and every circumstance isn’t the same as the next. An individual may be conscious of the random add, but for some reason do it anyway, and others may not. The only real way to know is if you end up communicating with the person, but if you don’t, you’ll probably never know.

4. They want more follows

Many times a random may follow you because they think they’re going to receive one in return. This situation is more often than not simply an attention seeking individual who wants a follow for no reason other than to inflate their follower count. It could also be someone seeking to promote themselves, and by following you, they somehow believe you will follow them back. They may see this as an opportunity that will result in them showing up in more people’s feeds — increasing their visibility, notoriety, and acting as free promotion.

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It can also be someone who doesn’t understand the dynamics of social media, and has mistaken the amount of follows for the amount of people following them. This isn’t the same as those people who know what they’re doing and are thirsty for more follows. These people think a higher number for “people you follow” is the same as a high number for “following you”.

5. Their account has been hacked

Whatever service is being used, there always exists the possibility that you can be “hacked”. Being hacked doesn’t necessarily mean a team of computer whizzes are currently sitting in a dark room somewhere typing away your life savings (although that can be the case too). It means a virus, a bot, or some other similar kind of malicious software has taken control of your account, and is causing it to act independently of your commands. Often times, these bots are designed to follow as many people as possible in hopes that they will get followed back. The bots will then proceed to spam you through the channels of communication the social media platform uses – private messaging, wall posting, etc.

We should all mourn for those that get hacked, because they have to sit through the long and depressing customer helplines — they need all the support they can get.

Featured photo credit: Jeff Turner via flickr.com

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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