Twitter – Who do You Follow?

October 4th 2012       Sally Ormond       Twitter followers, who to follow on Twitter

Once you’ve set up your Twitter account and you’ve followed all your family and friends, what do you do then?

To help you find people to follow, Twitter has a handy #Discover button at the top of your Twitter home page:









It gives you the options ‘who to follow’ and ‘find friends’, but happens when someone follows you? Should you follow them back automatically?

The simple answer to that is no – it’s important you take control of your Twitter stream by only following  those people you want to follow, so here are a few tips to help you.

1. Bye bye spam

When you’re first notified of a new follower, take a look at their Twitter profile and tweets.

If they’re sending out loads of promotional stuff, their more than likely a spammer and won’t add any value to you.

2. What are they tweeting about?

Have a look at what they talk about. If it looks interesting, follow them. If it’s all about their routine, diet and other such stuff it’s probably best to steer clear.

3. Loud mouths

Tweeters come in all shapes and sizes. Some have a lot to say, others very little.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t follow a prolific tweeter, after all  they may be sending out some really interesting stuff. But think carefully about the balance between engagement and bombardment.

4. Silence

Twitter is about interacting with each other. If you have a follower that you’ve been trying to engage with, but they’re giving you the silent treatment, perhaps its time to say farewell and unfollow them.

5. Biographies

A Twitter biography will tell you a lot about a person.

Always look for people who have a personal avatar (unless it’s a big business) rather than one of Twitter’s generic ones. Their bio should also tell you a bit about them to help you decide whether they are someone you want to follow or not.

By choosing who you follow carefully, you’ll find your Twitter stream adding value to your social media experience – which is just as it should be.


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