Reasons I might not accept your follow request: 

1. I have no idea who you are, AND one of the following...

2. Your account does not have enough content for me to have a sense for the kind of person you are.

3. Your account has enough content for me to get a sense of who you are, but our interests do not align at all, making me think you decided to follow me by accident.

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Aaron Smith

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