Last night I cut down the amount of people I follow. I do this about once a month, after adding people throughout the month. It’s something I’ve always done, and interestingly, every time I do it – it’s something that has always caused some grumpiness from a few of those who I stop following.
I don’t get this at all. If I stop following you, you are still my friend. This doesn’t terminate our relationship, or mean that in any way I like you less. It just means that for now there are other people I am watching who I want to appear in my feed more often. If I follow over 80, in particular when I get close to 100, I find it very hard to track my real life close friends – you know, the ones I know personally, go drinking with etc. So I chop back a bit.
That’s not to say I only follow people who are my close personal friends, as that’s not true, but I do only follow people that aren’t close personal friends if I find what they tweet about very interesting. Not just “not boring” but actually really interesting.
To give you an idea of what I mean, I’ve had emails from people questioning why I no longer follow them, and then getting grumpy when I tell them. This morning I noticed a Twitter from ” target=”blank”>Paul Walsh:
@thayer reduces her no of feeds and my followers go from 606 to 605. Must do a little culling myself.
Do people actually keep count of those following them that closely? It might just be me, but that sounds like, “Thayer deleted me, I’m going to delete her” – it’s a bit playground. The word culling seems a bit harsh too – from Dictionary.com:
CULL n. Something picked out from others, especially something rejected because of inferior quality.
My personal thoughts are: follow people because they’re interesting, and because you enjoy reading their Twitters for whatever reason, don’t just follow people so they follow you back, or to proove your mates. That is just silly.
Oh, and by the way – I track “thayer” to my mobile via Twitter, so if I don’t follow someone and they talk to me I can still talk back. It just means that I can have a good clean feed that directly shows me the people I want to know about at that moment. Also, I tend to follow and unfollow people frequently, so don’t be surprised if I follow you on and off depending on where you are and what you do. I also read feeds of those I don’t follow when I get time and want to see what they’ve been up to.
A closing thought that I saw on Ben Metcalfe’s Twitter the other day:
@sexyseo sure, I’ll add u. But if I followed everyone who followed me I’d be drowned in tweets as I have 750+ followers. My blackberry would melt!
Exactly! And why should Ben have to follow someone just because they’re following him?! Aha – it’s because sexyseo uses Twitter completely differently from anyone I know:
Time to clean up my Twitter. Who do not follow me, you will be left behind 😉
So, it just goes to show, one persons Twitter does definitely not equal anothers.
Anybody else had any experience of this, either as a deleted followee who’s narked or perhaps you have run into trouble by stopping following people yourself?