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#1 thrownbones

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:19 PM

Just curious. I don't follow everyone. Certainly not the guy who's obviously some sort of shill for the latest in rehab programs. (and how the fuck do they KNOW????)

Personally, I feel sorta, just a tad GUILTY for not following back, but I just can't bring myself to following blindly everyone who follows me, and how the fuck can I track all this anyway???? I have only like 400 followers and I'm lost, how do people manage 4000 followers!!?!?!

*sigh*, I'm just not big on Da Twit.

What's your criteria for following? Do you have one?

I try to stay with people that have something to do with with writing, or the occasional musician (like Loscil, who does FANTASTIC ambient work).


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#2 RC Lewis

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:29 PM

When someone I don't know follows me, I take a look at their feed and decide. Sometimes there'll be something in their profile that tells me, "Ooh, should follow!" More often, I'll follow or not follow based on their last several tweets. Were there twelve tweets in the last hour about deciding what to eat for dinner? (And I mean general tweets, not replies, so *all* followers see it.) Are the majority of their tweets throughout the day useful, interesting, and/or entertaining? All that helps me decide whether to click that button.

There's a further level of screening, though. I also use lists. People whose tweets I'm most interested in seeing regularly (or most paranoid about ever missing one) get added to a list. I usually use TweetDeck, and I have it set up to *only* show my lists, mentions, DMs, and a couple searches. So I only occasionally see tweets from non-listed people.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:28 PM

So far, I follow everyone who follows me on my blog. (I don't tweet yet.) I follow a lot of people who don't follow me back, and I don't mind. If what I'm posting on my blog doesn't interest them, then why should they follow me? But, I want to follow people who follow me. I try to read everything they post, at least by scanning it in my email or Google Friend Finder or on Network Blogs on Facebook. Of course, I like blogging, so it's a pleasure for me to read other people's posts. I feel as if I know them. And I like to post comments if I can (which has been very difficult lately, because Blogger won't let me post a lot of my comments lately). I'm retired now, although I'm raising my two-year-old grandson, which is almost a full-time job, so I can check these things often. If I was working full-time, no way could I do it.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:30 PM

I'm like RC and Richard, but I like to talk to my followers too, so if I talk to someone I don't follow fairly regular (once or twice a day) I will follow after a while (a week or so). I don't have a lot of time to spend online, so I want to make sure the people I do follow, at least want to chat. :blush:

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:50 PM

I try to follow everyone who follows me, so far. I do have a few people lately who have followed, but I haven't yet had the chance to follow back on my blog. That's only because when I try, there's no link in their profile yet for their blog...so the only way to follow back would be to find out how they found me and see if they've posted their blog link there.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 07:55 AM

I try and follow other writers/artists or individuals that look like they have similar interests. As for trying to keep track of what everyone's saying, at this point, I can't. And yes, I do feel guilty, though I'd also feel guilty if I didn't follow people back, just for the sake of trying to keep up with what people are saying. To try and remedy this, I use tweetdeck and set up a ton of searches, and just try to comment on anything I think is interesting, whether it's someone I follow, or someone I've come across in a hashtag. I also try and remind myself, that the reason I'm on twitter is to build a platform, so that when I have a book to promote, there are people to announce it to. If I'm not following people, then I've just narrowed down that group.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 08:28 AM

My approach is more like Cali's. Since I basically work on three different accounts (one writing-related, one work-related, one that I share with my boss and one of my staff writers that's also writing-related but attached to our blog), I simply don't have a whole lot of time to manage my writing-related Twitter stream. But I do feel guilty, in part because I'm basically a re-tweeter. If I find something interesting, I spread it along, and I need to follow people in order to do that well. I also try to keep my "signal to noise ratio" down by following fewer than follow me.

As Cali said, Twitter is a platform-building tool. But the thing is, I think of it more like that scene in The Life of Brian when Brian falls onto a prophet and has to hide in plain sight of the Romans by prophesying. People pass by these prophets, maybe hearing a word or two and then moving along. "OH, he's making it up as he goes along!"

So, I don't know how well it builds the platform, but it's a valuable enough tool to at least keep working with until the next best thing comes along.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:09 PM

I usually follow people that follow me. The ones I don't are usually the people trying to sell the "get rich in a week" video or something like that. If they are actual people I will follow them if they follow me. But in a sense I do that with people I follow. I don't just click everyone so that I may get some followers out of the deal. I follow people that I find interesting.

Although, some of them seem to have WAY too much time on their hands and tweet about EVERYTHING.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 08:40 PM

I pretty much follow all writerly types & book bloggers who follow me. I don't generally follow anyone else. I like to RT writing stuff too. I don't spend a lot of time on it, and I don't feel guilty anymore. :tongue: I just do a quick skim to see if anyone is promoting their blog or good writing links and then I RT.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 11:22 AM

I've recently learned about something called "twitter karma," which basically helps you see at once who you're following and who's following you. http://dossy.org/twitter/karma I believe. FYI: apparently it's not fond of Internet Explorer.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:12 AM

I've recently learned about something called "twitter karma," which basically helps you see at once who you're following and who's following you. http://dossy.org/twitter/karma I believe. FYI: apparently it's not fond of Internet Explorer.



Thanks everyone for your answers. I feel better about it all. Today, at least. :laugh:

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:22 PM

I follow back anyone who looks human. It's quite easy since I sometimes go weeks between logging in and I can log out as soon as I'm done posting. I've found twitter only annoys me when I'm using tweetdeck.... the pop-ups make it harder to ignore annoying people who use twitter for public real-time conversations where I'm only privy to a small portion. Here I thought it was a micro-blogging tool, when it seems much more like a chat room at times.

(Saying that so bluntly probably isn't kosher, but you know you were thinking it, too.)

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:40 PM

Eli, you can turn off the notifications, or pick and choose what you want to get notified about. Makes it much less annoying. It's under the settings.

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 02:54 PM

I used to follow back everyone but then I couldn't keep up and didn't like some of the people so now I only follow back rarely. it's not required.


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 10:07 PM

There could be lots of reasons why I unfollow. I use this app called manage filter. I check for users who are following me, if they aren't, I unfollow them. 

If they haven't been active in a while, I unfollow them. However, just because a person isn't relevant to writing, doesn't mean I won't follow. If they are funny, I'll follow. People like that are easier to engage with and are just as likely to be readers or writers. 


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Posted 12 July 2016 - 04:33 AM

I've had to cut back on who I follow back, and eliminate some I follow that haven't followed me back. I mainly follow people in other subject matters these days in specific areas other than writing I'm interesting in.

 

I tried following everyone who followed me back, but that's how I ended up with like a bunch of self-publishers doing nothing but promoting their book on my feed. I barely even use twitter any more cause that thing drives me nuts.

 

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:12 AM

I've amended my Twitter follow-backs.

 

When I have time to actually look at who follows me I follow back writers, artists, publishers, agents & people who once I look at their feed I am entertained. I don't follow back obvious prostitutes/cam-girls, people who look like con artists, people selling book services or endlessly flogging their e-book, or entrepreneurial kool-aid.


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