Who do I Follow on Twitter?
I generally don’t pay attention to who follows me on Twitter. In fact, I have GMail automatically archive Twitter email notifications whenever someone new follows me. That bucket currently has 700+ unread messages. (I just checked so I could put a number in that sentence.)
This offends some people. They believe that by following you, you should in turn follow them back. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Twitter is weird like that.
So how do I decide who to follow? I generally follow these groups of people:
- People I work with or know personally.
- People who are well known in fields I’m interested in, like Android development.
- Familiar names that keep popping up on Twitter among the people I already follow.
- People who @reply to me with interesting comments.
More and more, that last bullet is how I choose who to follow. If someone sparks my interest with a comment, I’ll click their profile and check out their time line and bio. If I like what I see, I’ll follow. It’s as simple as that.
If people spend a lot of time tweeting about religion, teabagging, or other things I don’t like, I silently un-follow. That stuff stresses me out, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of Twitter. For me, Twitter is a way to relieve stress and amuse myself.
Speaking of un-following, there are tools to notify you when someone un-follows. Last year someone (who I don’t know) send me a personal email telling me he was un-following me. It’s OK, really. You don’t need to tell people when you leave, just go away.
I believe people should not concern themselves with un-follows. Sanitizing your thoughts and censoring yourself is a great way to be boring on Twitter. Instead, just be yourself and have fun.