I’d be interested to know how others choose who they follow on Twitter. And general thoughts on following/unfollowing policy!
There seems to be two appoaches:
- Active, ie. those who peruse others’ followers lists and randomly add new names.
- Passive, ie. the ones who rely on the notification system to alert them to new followers. If they like the look of, they’ll follow them too.
I fall into the latter category, although I have aspirations to join the Actives. I’d love to have the time to select someone whose thoughts I admire and follow, and click through their list of ‘following’. I’m sure it’s a great way of expanding your horizons and getting to hear new voices.
My (Evolving) Process For Following:
- I tend to add anyone I’ve met in the flesh. If we’ve had an interesting conversation in person, then I’m very happy to subscribe to your daily Twitterings. I see that as one of the real values of Twitter allowing a continuous ongoing conversation.
- I do check all notifications. If someone follows me, and I recognise most of the other people in their followers list, then I’ll follow too.
- If I land on a twitter page, and I don’t know the person/followers, then I’ll click the link to their blog or website. If it interests me, I’ll follow.
[I’m really not that fussy you know! Like most users of the internet in general, all I’m looking for is some relevant content.]
My Process for Not Following:
- Brand newbies who I don’t know, who have nothing to say, and who have not posted a link to a blog or website
- People who tweet in a different language to me. I have to understand you! Note that this includes overly technical language. The exception to this is @briangreene because I admire his passion even if I don’t understand his broadcast frequency language!
- Americans who tweet mainly about the election, particularly those who display ‘vote hilary’ badges on their sites. It’s not that I’m against having a woman leading the US, I’m just not that politicised
- Spammers because they are the scum of the universe
- While I don’t pursue an active Following policy, I do tend towards an active Unfollowing policy. If someone isn’t doing it for me, I unsubscribe.
- For a while there, I was following quite a few Americans, ones who would have a large following on Twitter and their blogs, but I found the level of detail about how many coffees they were having a day a bit on the boring side. [I think Irish Twitterers rock – there’s a great mix of interest and wit]
- I like thanking someone for the add, it’s polite. @damienmulley is very good at this, despite the huge numbers of people he must deal with.
- In general, I don’t get an ego boost from displaying long lists of friends on social networking sites. One of my favourite is Goodreads.com and I’ve only got about 3 friends on there. Half of my friends are on Facebook. The other half are not. Facebook has started recommending friends to me. [Should I worry?] It’s just based on common friends. Most of the people whose mugs appear are those I chat to most days on Twitter. I don’t feel the need to add them to FB as well.
So that’s my policy for following/unfollowing on Twitter. I’d love to hear yours.