25 People Who Are Really Confused As To Why Grant Shapps Follows Them On Twitter

The chairman of the Conservative party has a habit of following and then unfollowing people on Twitter. This baffles them.

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Cabinet minister Grant Shapps is responsible for the Conservatives' election campaign. As well as maintaining some odd Twitter habits.

Shapps has a tendency to follow hundreds of Twitter users in a short period of time, apparently in the hope that they follow him back. But don't get comfortable - you could find yourself unfollowed by Shapps at short notice. Only to be followed again. And then possibly unfollowed once more.

The practice has been going on since at least 2010. In the process he's hit almost 75,000 followers – putting him up there with the leaders of the UK's political parties.

It's also resulted in a lot of confused people:

1.

@grantshapps why follow unanounced,then unfollow just after i follow u?At least russian spambots have the good grace to use a saucy pic #odd

unsysleftfoot@unsysleftfoot

@grantshapps why follow unanounced,then unfollow just after i follow u?At least russian spambots have the good grace to use a saucy pic #odd

11:24 PM - 14 Feb 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

2.

Why on earth does Grant Shapps follow me? Maybe it is to find out my opinions on non league football. #thatllbeit

Phil Porter@Philip_Porter

Why on earth does Grant Shapps follow me? Maybe it is to find out my opinions on non league football. #thatllbeit

12:19 AM - 28 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3.

I'm being followed by @grantshapps MP. Why would he follow a muthafu*ka like me? I'm now following him back. Obviously! #UnderManners

MCBarristocrat@MCBarristocrat

I'm being followed by @grantshapps MP. Why would he follow a muthafu*ka like me? I'm now following him back. Obviously!
#UnderManners

04:16 PM - 18 Jul 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

4.

I'm being followed by a member of the British parliament, @grantshapps. Is it because I like the Prime Minister show on @cspan?

Marty Duren@martyduren

I'm being followed by a member of the British parliament, @grantshapps. Is it because I like the Prime Minister show on @cspan?

02:17 PM - 27 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5.

Why on earth did Grant Shapps follow me for about a week then disappear? #StalkedByMP

Mark Gullick@MarkGullick2

Why on earth did Grant Shapps follow me for about a week then disappear? #StalkedByMP

07:02 AM - 21 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6.

Errrm, Why does @grantshapps follow me? I mean, hiya and all, but being a creepy Lib Dem I must be scaring the hell out of him.

Caviar@Kav_Kaushik

Errrm, Why does @grantshapps follow me? I mean, hiya and all, but being a creepy Lib Dem I must be scaring the hell out of him.

06:37 PM - 16 May 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

7.

I've now been followed by @grantshapps for the 3rd time. Is this is a record? :-/

jacky...@01jacky01

I've now been followed by @grantshapps for the 3rd time. Is this is a record? :-/

06:17 PM - 20 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8.

My @LadyWireless account is now being followed by @GrantShapps. I have no plans to insult him over there. What's going on, people?

Louis Barfe@LFBarfe

My @LadyWireless account is now being followed by @GrantShapps. I have no plans to insult him over there. What's going on, people?

12:48 AM - 8 Feb 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

9.

I have just been "followed" by @GrantShapps. Part of me is pleased to have an MP following me, Suspicious part just wonders why?

andy jolley@ajjolley

I have just been "followed" by @GrantShapps. Part of me is pleased to have an MP following me, Suspicious part just wonders why?

12:58 AM - 2 Feb 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

10.

I'm being followed now by @grantshapps, Tory housing minster in the government. This should be fun!

Socks & Aprons @cognoscentinovo

I'm being followed now by @grantshapps, Tory housing minster in the government. This should be fun!

07:57 PM - 5 Jan 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

11.

great day, passed driving test, good amount of decorating, top boy has a new job and being followed by @grantshapps Conservative MP #sweeeet

tom@tomffc

great day, passed driving test, good amount of decorating, top boy has a new job and being followed by @grantshapps Conservative MP #sweeeet

07:27 PM - 1 Dec 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

12.

On Twitter @grantshapps has followed and unfollowed me 3 times. I assume he does this to everyone. Maybe he's lonely. #bbcqt

JYD@johnyarddog

On Twitter @grantshapps has followed and unfollowed me 3 times. I assume he does this to everyone. Maybe he's lonely. #bbcqt

10:44 PM - 17 Nov 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

13.

@grantshapps curious to know, as I'm not a constituent of yours, why would you follow me? #charmed

Jonny Love Train@JLovetrain

@grantshapps curious to know, as I'm not a constituent of yours, why would you follow me? #charmed

08:20 PM - 26 Feb 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

14.

randomly followed by @grantshapps at a time when I'm struggling with this politics essay- think its a sign to ask for help #helpme

Tara@Tarakefayatii

randomly followed by @grantshapps at a time when I'm struggling with this politics essay- think its a sign to ask for help #helpme

08:14 PM - 16 Nov 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

15.

.@grantshapps followed me, unfollowed me, and is now following me again. If you want me to write you some gags, just ask. No need to be coy.

Kabarett Spielraum@spielraum

.@grantshapps followed me, unfollowed me, and is now following me again. If you want me to write you some gags, just ask. No need to be coy.

10:48 AM - 10 Sep 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

16.

@grantshapps thanks for the follow - is there a common interest we share ?

Tracey Scarsbrook@Scarsbrook_T

@grantshapps thanks for the follow - is there a common interest we share ?

01:10 PM - 27 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

17.

@grantshapps With respect, I don't want your follow as your party is democratic cancer, it's MPs tumours. Thanks but no thanks! #Blocked

Chris Marshall@ThatNoxy

@grantshapps With respect, I don't want your follow as your party is democratic cancer, it's MPs tumours. Thanks but no thanks! #Blocked

11:18 AM - 27 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

18.

Thanks for the follow @grantshapps! Not sure why your interested in me but this is what is interesting me right now http://t.co/QPZsRwdE0I

Sam Wrigley@TheSpinStorm

Thanks for the follow @grantshapps! Not sure why your interested in me but this is what is interesting me right now http://t.co/QPZsRwdE0I

10:03 PM - 20 Oct 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

19.

I wonder whether algorithm, staffer, or a bit of both just gave me a follow from @grantshapps. Blocked.

Calum Slater@Tom_Weir

I wonder whether algorithm, staffer, or a bit of both just gave me a follow from @grantshapps. Blocked.

12:21 PM - 26 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

20.

Oddly, @grantshapps used to repeatedly follow me then unfollow a few days later. This went on for about 6 months and then abruptly stopped.

Dave @davesusetty

Oddly, @grantshapps used to repeatedly follow me then unfollow a few days later. This went on for about 6 months and then abruptly stopped.

04:33 PM - 22 Jan 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

21.

@KateVotesLabour he was one of the first to follow me. I think at one point my followers were @sjhutchinson and @grantshapps. It was weird.

Jim O'Connell@JimOC_L

@KateVotesLabour he was one of the first to follow me. I think at one point my followers were @sjhutchinson and @grantshapps. It was weird.

08:00 AM - 24 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

22.

Oh god, @grantshapps is following me again. I thought he'd given up on this auto follow nonsense?

James Graham@jamesgraham

Oh god, @grantshapps is following me again. I thought he'd given up on this auto follow nonsense?

11:29 AM - 25 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

23.

http://twitter.com/grantshapps has decicided to follow me again , I wonder why, he wouldn't respond last time he followed me ????????

pleb-nobby-Lobby@veniviedivici

http://twitter.com/grantshapps has decicided to follow me again , I wonder why, he wouldn't respond last time he followed me ????????

08:06 PM - 18 Dec 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

24.

"Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) is now following you on Twitter!" That moment of terror that comes to us all, however big or small.

Clifford Singer@cliffordsinger

"Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) is now following you on Twitter!" That moment of terror that comes to us all, however big or small.

10:35 AM - 13 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

25.

I keep getting followed, then unfollowed, then followed, then unfollowed by Grant Shapps MP. I think he's flirting with me.

Jamie@jtlovell1979

I keep getting followed, then unfollowed, then followed, then unfollowed by Grant Shapps MP. I think he's flirting with me.

10:56 AM - 23 Sep 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

You too can follow Grant Shapps on Twitter.

We can't guarantee he'll follow back.