Twitter Tip: Twitter’s 2000 Follower Protocol
Twitter rightly suggests that no one can keep track of more than 2000 followers. This completely undercuts the notion of reciprocal following and building lists of tens of thousands of followers by following tens of thousands of persons.
It returns sanity to the process which looks, I know, to most people like a numbers contest.
It means you do not follow people for the sake of them following you back. You follow to create a manageable list of people you value, a community that helps you to grow. It means you get followers mainly by the nature of your contribution. If you are contributing, people will follow you, if not they won’t.
There is no pressure on anyone to get followers by the content they put up. It is enough to create a great list by following people that interest you. A 2000 limit is reasonable. Less makes sense in a specific niche where there may only be 500 you want to keep track of.
I now believe that each of us should aim to follow a max of 2000. Folk who would like to reach a wider audience should do so by the value of their contribution. I currently am reducing the list of those I follow to 2000. After that is completed I will refine the list until I have a small enough community to make following a daily pleasure and deepen contact with those I value most.