I have been watching this Twitter thing for a while. I have had my own little Twitter account, merrily minding my own business, but have noticed that there seems to be quite a bit of social pressure around Twitter, who you follow and who you don’t.
When I signed up for Twitter, I believed it to be a micro-blogging tool. Something to allow me to jot down quick thoughts, share a link here and there, maybe keep track of story ideas and so on. So, that is what I have been using it for and as.
I may, on occasion, reply to someone else’s tweet, or direct content at a specific person, but, overall, my interaction with others on Twitter is much like it is elsewhere – non-existent.
I follow others quite randomly actually. There are a number of literary agents I follow on Twitter, as well as a couple of my favourite authors and other celebrities. I follow those with whom I already have a relationship in real life – friends, blogging acquaintances, etc. In fact, if we have anything in common or say 80% of the tweets are interesting, I may just follow. If you follow me, I will generally follow back, unless there is anything in your stream that I disagree with: hate speech, inappropriate sexual comments and so on. That said, I do not believe it is possible to manage a vast number of relationships on any platform, even when the relationships I build are as non-existent as they are, and always try and keep the number of people I follow on Twitter down to a manageable number – as I do on all the social networks. Breaking point, for me, is around 200.
If I choose to unfollow you on Twitter, it is nothing personal. It may be because you haven’t updated for a while, or because I am going through an unfollow phase – which happens regularly. And if you choose to unfollow me, I promise I won’t take it personally either.
How do you choose who you follow on Twitter?