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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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18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

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                                      • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                      • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
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