Wow. What great people! I am not kidding.
I think almost everyone on Twitter is great with some obvious exceptions that need not be mentioned.
So why have I zapped going on 7000 great people from my following list? Because I want to follow mainly people who gather and post content, news, cultural things, etc. People who provide references for their tweets. People who Tweet at least once a day.
So I can reach my followers with the most salient information, including retweets from the folk I follow. The ironical result of this activity will be to improve service to folk who follow me!
Just this morning, going by hand through profiles, I found some great things to retweet. Check out today’s tweets.
If everyone on Twitter observed the Twitter advice to follow no more than 2000 (a manageable number) there would be considerably more sharing among members of useful things. And those who did the most effective sharing would have more and more followers.
And I would still be in contact — better contact — with the great people I am no longer following. Vis @ messaging and RTs. And the provision of better content.
How does one “get” followers when one is paring down to a smaller follower group? When you reduce the number you follow, you clear space to send invitations (follows) to an increasingly targeted group. If you have a good profile and produce good content, you will add followers who are interested in what you are tweeting about.
I intend to invite people regularly to increase my “following”.
How do you actually pare down a list. I go into my follower list and enlarge it with control + and read the latest tweets — if they are personal or clearly business related I unfollow. I also tend not to follow quotations or maxims. If I think the tweet suggests content I open the profile and if the person is regularly posting interesting content with references, I continue to follow that person.
I now use one bit of automation. http://huitter.com/ to clear out those who are not following me back. This means that I will never exceed any ratios imposed by Twitter. There is a valuable thing huitter does — it shows you who you have unfollowed. I go through this carefully and reinvite anyone I think will be interested in my content.
Fortunately I now have enough follows from content providers, that there is no real need to follow anyone who does not follow back.