As time goes by our interests may change. I know that over the past few years mine have, especially those relating to the type of work that I do each day. This has resulted in me looking carefully at the people who I follow on Twitter. There are hundreds who are connected to the financial services and other businesses that I no longer have dealings with. Therefore I spent a little time and unfollowed those that I no longer need a connection to.
Twitter: Who should you follow?
Far too many Twitter users follow people simply in the hope of being followed back or they feel that it is only polite to do so. (Click here to how you should build your follower numbers) Many people each month follow me and I always check who they are by reading their bio and also how many they follow. If they follow tens of thousands it becomes obvious that they are following, possibly using software, just to increase the number of followers they have. Very rarely am I likely to follow such accounts for that very reason.
My advice is to follow people that you are interested in what they have to say and whom you are likely to communicate with. For those who in whom you have some interest but not necessarily on a daily basis, the best option is to create a Twitter list for each interest that you have. For example, you might have a Twitter list connected to sports, business, health matters, news, restaurants, finance, hobbies and so forth which you can then view at a time to suit you. You can within Tweetdeck or Hootsuite set up a search stream for the lists that you wish to monitor regularly. Setting up lists will prevent clogging up your Twitter feed with lots of messages that you might not be too concerned about on a daily basis. This will leave you free to concentrate on the most important tweets but allow easy access to those on the list, as and when you wish to view them. You can add anyone to a list, unless they have protected tweets, without following them.
I will always follow people in whom I have an interest in the subjects they talk about or those who engage regularly with me. Others will be added to a Twitter list. You can create as many lists as you wish and either make the list public so that others can follow it or set it as private to so that only you can see who is on the list and follow it.
I would like to thank everyone for following me on Twitter and hope that you understand that if I am not following back does not automatically mean that I am not interested in you or what you have to say.