Do you find it as difficult as me to find like minded people to follow on Twitter ?
Yes, Twitter has a search and there are various websites and lists all over the internet, some of which are helpful, but it still takes a very long time to trawl through all of the people to find the right connections for you, if you are particular like me.
How do you know who to follow on Twitter?
He are a few sites to check out.
Edit – 2016 – Some of these sites have changed slightly – but I’ve left them here for you to check out.
Even Twitter has recently introduced the “who to follow” tool. I was very excited about this at first. I thought it would be an easy way to follow people, its apparently based on people you follow with your interests and tastes, but sadly it doesn’t work for me, I think because I follow a vast variety of tweeters.
My absolute ideal way to follow people on Twitter is by personal recommendations, as your followers are the best people to know what you like or want. Also this way you get involved in little groups which is fun! Occasionally I will go through my followers “lists” and pick out a few tweeters from there. #followfriday is also a good way but I still find myself checking masses of people out that aren’t really suitable for me. Slow but effective.
The last way is by following people back, which I always try to do if they are real people, I want to connect with people and I don’t think you can if you do not follow them back. As someone once said to me, its difficult talking to someone’s back.
To choose who I follow back, I do a bit of investigation. I click on my followers now and then to see who is new (as I don’t have emails to inform me of new followers). I don’t want to follow spammers or people who aren’t for me so this is a process in itself, so bare this in mind if people aren’t following you back.
Avatar: First I see if they have an avatar – a real picture is best, and tasteful is my choice, if its a logo I will check further – but sometimes I just stop here.
Followers to following ratio: If there is a big difference then its likely that as soon as you follow they will unfollow so I don’t often follow those people unless their bio looks really interesting, and if its too close, its probably an auto follow which suggests spam.
Bio: Which brings me to the next part, The Bio – I always look at this to see if it interests me, it doesn’t even have to be much to catch my interest. One person I followed once just had something like “if you are interested then Google me” I thought that was brilliant because I did of course.. Google them.
Location: I don’t really worry about the location but if its London I may be tempted over look the bio if its not clear.
Web: If all of those interest me then I will look at their website, something should really be in that section even if its just a Facebook, LinkedIn or something relating to the person.
Lastly I will look at their tweets, their timeline –
1) because I’m nosy
2) to make sure they aren’t just tweeting to flirt, (I use my words here carefully ha!) this isn’t what I’m looking for.
3) to make sure they have actually tweeted and aren’t just using an auto follow bot.
4) to see if they engage, communicate, connect with people as I don’t want to follow people just promoting their business, blog’s, or self. (flooding or spamming) I might follow this tweeter if it looks like an interesting news or tech site but that’s the only reason.
After all that, every few weeks I will check out who’s unfollowed me, and well… unfollow them 🙂 unless I really like them or value their tweets. I use http://friendorfollow.com/ for this mostly.
Its all about what you personally want on your twitter, what you value, maybe you don’t want to follow many people or you don’t mind who you follow, this to me would soon get boring.
Now that I’ve written that down it all looks a bit OCD but I guess we all have our ways of keeping track of who and how we follow people on twitter, it could get rather busy if you don’t watch what you are doing.
I hope that you’ve got some ideas from – How do you know who to follow on Twitter?
How do you control your followed or followers?
I know a lot of people now are keeping down their number of followed, some to a ridiculous amount, but to follow too few people to me is pointless being a part of Twitter and to be followed back makes you feel like your opinion counts.