I’ve read a few posts recently in the blogosphere (such as this one by Mike Arsenault) about “twitter snobs” – and basically whether one should, or shouldn’t, automatically follow everyone who follows you.

As with so many things, some people will argue vehemently that their way is “right”; others will be more pragmatic – explaining why they’ve got the approach they have & why they realise others have different views. 

My personal view is to look (periodically) at new followers & decide on an individual basis. The most recent person to follow me, well, I’m trying to work out her strategy of following. She’s only following me & Ellen Degeneres; she’s only made 1 update & hasn’t got a profile. I don’t think I know her (she’s from Colarado for starters); however, as she said in that one update she’s looking at using Twitter with her (doctoral) students, and given that she has selected me to follow, I decided to follow her back. 

(Most people who follow me & only have 1 update are either gloating about the fact they’ve got a laptop for free [I ignore them] – or someone I’ve encouraged to have a look – & I generally know them for real. [Tend to follow them!)

3 thoughts on “Who's following who?

  1. Thanks for the mention. I’m very similar to you in how I determine who I will follow. I always look at a person’s profile and who they are following. If they are involved in education I’ll typically follow them back. I ignore porn stars, bots, and people who use profanity in their tweets.

    I really like to find people with different beliefs than my own. I find they stretch my thinking and keep my thoughts balanced.

    1. I’ve heard of several people recommending Posterous … I’ve used the blog feature in Flock to update several blogs. My gut feeling, re. anything that can have an email update is that userweb won’t allow it. I know i’ve tried the email option within WordPress & also in Elgg when I was testing that & neither worked, which I blamed on userweb. (especially as both let me set up the email posting when they were hosted elsewhere)

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