Reply baiting is when one Twitter user challenges or baits another Twitter user in a public tweet. Normally this is done by someone with a low follower count, high following count, no list presence and no brains.
When I see any instances of reply baiting on Twitter answered by the target I get mad, and then sad and most times move on.
A word of advice to those with high profile verified Twitter accounts which normally means those with a high number of followers, a low following count and who appear on many lists:
Before you reply to someone who has offended your sensibilities check that persons profile:
- Warning One – if the number of people being followed EXCEEDS the number of followers
- Warning Two – if the account is a recently established one
- Warning Three – if the account does not appear on any lists
- Warning Four – if the account does not link to any outside web presence in their profile
Apologies Athol but I have to use your account as an example – Former Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip replied to someone who appears to exhibit traits exactly like the last two words in my opening sentence. His tweet and reply appear below:
You don’t know your front side from your back side.
— Athol Trollip (@AtholT) January 11, 2019
Which prompted me to develop the infographic you see below and pose the question; “Which Twitter account LOOKS more trustworthy?”
Why does MyPE NOT follow anyone? Easy enough as this article explains: http://mype.co.za/new/twitter/5363/2011/06