I know I should be writing my DMC project, but I just couldn’t help myself , I had to share this with you.
In a previous post about Twitter, I laid down the 10 Commandments of Twitter, which serve as a guide to Twitter conduct. Three of these commandments address the subject of following people on twitter:
- #3 – Honor thy followers and those that follow thee
- #7 – Thou shalt not follow thy neighbor only to profit, but to engage and learn
- #8 – Thou shalt not Auto-follow, Auto-reply, Auto-DM, Auto anything.
The eighth commandment clearly states that I’m not a person that Auto-follows anyone. According to TwitterCounter, I average about 3 followers per day and according to FriendorFollow, I have 302 people that are following me but I’m not. So why does this discrepancy exist? Simply because I don’t follow everyone that follow me for valid reasons that I will try to elaborate in this guide on how-to decide who to follow on Twitter.
The diagram below elaborate the 5 different steps I follow when I receive an email notification about a new follower on Twitter.
PS. After I designed this flow chart it looked very similar to a programming language diagram but I believe the logic behind it is clear (if you find a bug, please feel free to fix it, this is an open source J)
In short, make sure you check:
- Their Twitter profile
- The URL provided in their Bio
- # of Followers / Following
- Their Tweet history
- Date they joined Twitter
In general, these steps are sufficient to decide whether I follow a person on twitter or not. I joined Twitter on November 14, 2009 and I have met amazing people – the number of people I follow has amassed in less than 9 months to 865 people. The purpose of following people is to learn from them and engage with them – how can you possibly be human and sincerely engage with this many people. I’m not recommending you stop following people, just be selective. Think About It!