My Twitter account is a business endeavor. Others may be on Twitter as a more personal thing. It’s been nearly ten years since I joined and the connections I’ve made have been well worth the time. The significant increase in Bots got me thinking and I decided to pull this post from the archives and update it. I have added the “probably wouldn’t follow” list at the end. My logic is personal and not necessarily right for others. It’s just my way of trying to bring my own content, share some of my experience and use my connection time to advance my knowledge and thinking through following others.
What does my current “following” list look like?
My current “people I’m following” list is a wonderful collection of folks from around the globe. They are not all business – they are corporate, entrepreneurs, scientists, students and homemakers with a point of view. It is a great combination of different ages, genders, and ethnic groups. I have many friends in Canada, Australia, India, the UK, Sweden and of course, in my native US. I have increasingly connected with young folks in India and Africa. There are probably people from other countries that I don’t know about as well. Thank you all for the intellectually challenging discussions and unique perspectives.
Reasons I follow people on Twitter
- They know about and tweet about something I’m interested in;
- They tweet throughout the day not 15 tweets one right after the other – sprinkler not fire hose;
- They tweet about a combination of things: orig content, news, personal observations & self promotion;
- The ratio of content to self-promotion is a reasonable 80/20;
- They offer something unique – different perspective, creative thoughts;
- They seem to care about fellow human beings on this planet in a genuine way (except maybe the news sources I follow);
- They take the time to comment once in a while about what others have posted: listening;
- They generally respond if I re-tweet their awesome content;
- They’re funny; and
- Their links usually work.
Reasons I wouldn’t follow people on Twitter
These are not concrete rules so much as probabilities.
- Those with no name or brand but instead – George78201839.
- Those with fewer than 100 followers; they are following many more; and those are all women.
- Men who mention the military or being a doctor and are following only women.
- Folks with too much politics in their feed, although, I have loosened this more recently as everything is politicized and some of the devastating behavior is hard to ignore.
- Typically those who tweet in a language other than my own – this depends on other things. I take the time to translate some tweets to see their take.
- Too much coarse language.
- Generally folks who tweet exclusively Christian views. I’m going for religious neutrality.
- Anyone whose twitter view is discriminatory or disrespectful to under-represented groups.
By definition, this generally eliminates political bots and weird porn spammers. Who in the world do they think they’re fooling?
Originally written 2011. Recently updated 2020