I was just trying to reduce the number of followers I was following for 2 practical reasons:
- I can’t believe how many tweets I miss from people I really want to hear from;
- I can’t believe I can properly follow 800+ people, especially if I’m missing important tweets.
I have about 40 pages of people I’m following on Twitter. As I began skimming page by page by page, I could pretty much tell you:
- at least one thing about each person (or account holder as I also follow organizations and companies) and usually more;
- how I know them or know of them; and
- why I follow them.
So I began to struggle with who to unfollow. Not that I would consider everyone a Twitterfriend just because I recognize them somehow. But I began feeling personally attached to the people I’ve been following.
I finally decided to be surgical about my unfollowing practices and unfollowed Stale Twitterers – those who have not tweeted in at least a couple of months.
That means I just unfollowed about 8 Stale Twitterers in the last 15 minutes and got down to 782 Twitterers I’m following. But then I went to TwitterLocal and found more Alaska Twitterers to follow. I have an affinity for Alaska Twitterers since I am living and working in Alaska.
So now I’m following over 800 again. Back to the surgical unfollowing technique.
How many people are you following on Twitter? What is YOUR criteria for following someone on Twitter? Where do you draw the line?!
This post originally appeared on Rants & Raves.
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