When I started to use twitter a little more earnestly I took a look at some other twitterers and determined that there was a pattern in getting lots of followers. These Tweeters (if that is the right word) were also following lots of people.
So I did the same. I randomly started to follow people and found that half of them then began to follow me. Of course the downside to this is I get a lot of traffic in my “in tray” with comments from people who I really have no interest in. So much so that it is hardly worth looking at the feed.
I now periodically unfollow people who, after looking their profile, I feel I have nothing in common with. I’m trying to narrow it down to a useful set of “follows”. My criteria are I keep a friend if they are in the UK and look “normal”, in my business space or do seem to have something interesting to say. There are a lot of people out there spouting rubbish and a lot of “services” that are no use to me – local news alerts in other parts of the world for example.
Spending a little time “unfollowing” in the early hours this morning I am astounded to come across some accounts that have huge followers. One, @DigitalRoyalty, had more than a million! Drilling into her profile I found that she was an online PR specialist. Clearly good at her job.
This is a new world. I feel a little like Captain James Cook setting out on his first voyage of exploration.