05 Jul 2010
I try not to write posts about only Twitter, because many people who read my blog are not on Twitter. But this is one of those I just needed to write. I’ve made a change to the way I follow people back so thought I’d explain:
As you may know from my Indispensable Online Tools post, I use Topify to inform me when I have a new Twitter follower. I rely more on those emails versus looking at the follower list in Twitter. I also have a filter setup in Gmail so all the new follower notices go into a separate folder, which works really well so they don’t clutter my inbox.
For my personal account, I don’t want to auto-follow, as I don’t think I’m interested in everyone who is necessarily interested in following me (but on @WebinarListings, I do auto-follow). I feel strongly about reviewing each new person… My thought process is, you never know who you might miss if you don’t look at each one! The problem is that they pile up really quickly, and keeping up this pace is overwhelming. At one point last week, I had 600 new followers to review, and was stressed out just thinking about it.
I resisted changing for a long time, as I really didn’t want to do anything differently just because I now have 7,500 followers, than when I had 75 followers. But, unfortunately, I just can’t keep up! So, here’s the new plan…. if we interact, I follow you. Pretty simple. After all, that’s what social media is about, right? Interacting, and building relationships. Am I upset that I might miss out on great people who follow me and I don’t end up following them back? Yes. Might I follow some people who I have no interest in what they have to say? Yes. But, both of those are worth it to streamline this process that has gotten out of control for me!
What do you think of this new method? Do you have any other suggestions to handle the overload? How do YOU manage your new followers?
Twitter Mosaic of some of the new people I’m following:
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