Perhaps you have a question: Am I following you on Twitter?
- Does it really matter?
My Twitter account: @LARRowan.
My Twitter lists are here. Some of my lists are private, so you won’t see them. Gotta have some secrets ;-)
I use TweetDeck as my main Twitter client.
I only follow Twitter accounts which I want to read in my Twitter stream. Following huge numbers of accounts is not for me and as I outline on my Twitter Policy page, this ‘follow back’ stuff is not ideal. Here is an interesting and well thought out article, which mentions following back, on the Bruce Clay Inc website: What Happened When I Stopped Following and Started Listening.
Of course, having Twitter lists is a form of following – in fact, lists make it easier to follow particular topics and groups of people.
- if I am following you on another Twitter account am I not ‘following you back’?
- if I unfollow you on one account to follow on another (‘recategorising’), or put you in a list, have I unfollowed you?
- if I am following you in a list, am I not following you?
- if I am following you in a private list, am I not following you? You wouldn’t know unless I told you of course.
Perhaps you might consider having less of a ‘followback’ focus?
Personally, my focus is on Tweeting quality content and relating to people. I do not need to follow huge numbers of people to do this, or follow them from every account.
Have you noticed how many of the ‘clearly astute’ people don’t follow hordes of Twitter accounts. The Dalai Lama, Richard Branson, Brian Clark of Copyblogger, Paulo Coelho, Tony Robbins are just some examples. Following hordes of people does not mean someone is not astute of course, however it might raise some concerning questions.
Food for thought…
In this post: Update To The Unfollow Experiment, Chris Brogan, a renowned expert in social media, writes:
“I learned a long time ago that it doesn’t matter whether 190K people follow me or not. The most clicks I’ve ever received for a tweet were around 200. Almost 200K people follow me, but barely a few hundred at ANY time ever respond to my tweets or take any action. Ever.
And believe me, the weeks after the unfollow experiment proved to me that several thousand people weren’t seeing my tweets, because I tweeted the unfollowing several dozen times, and still (now, today) get questions about it.”
Chris Brogan doesn’t follow many accounts either.
I get followed by a lot of people who follow me for a short while to see if they will get a follow back and then unfollow if I don’t follow back. I get so tempted to block most them – many will refollow down the track, going through the whole process again and are thus in some respects spammy. My time is taken up looking at their bios to see if I want to follow or add to a list, which is fair enough on the first follow. If they had simply kept following me then I would not have to repeatedly check their bios etc and thus a block would help. Clearly, most are not interested in anything but a follow back. What a poor internal quality of life many of them must have.
So, what is your Twitter philosophy? What are your views on what I have said? Please let me know.
- My Twitter Policy page
- Advice from Twitter: “don’t feel obligated to follow everyone who follows you”