Keeping on top of it all







Firstly, there are no rules. How you use something like Twitter is entirely up to you. This is just the way I am doing things at the moment.

When I started out on Twitter, it was like my precious little seedling that I needed to grow in order for it to bear the fruit that it does now. I used to seek out new members for my network, actively trawling Twitter for fresh people to connect with. I would check others’ follows/followers, who they were conversing with, join in and proactively go out and follow people. uk casinos accepting us players

A while ago, my management of Twitter shifted to a broadly reactive rather than proactive process.

What I am currently doing requires some investment of time, probably about 20 minutes per week on average, but I think it’s important.

I try to monitor new followers on a weekly basis (when I can) which is usually about 25-50 accounts. Some new followers won’t get further than a glance, these tend to be:

  • Obviously commercial. I tend not to follow commercial accounts unless they are a company/organisation known to me and I want to receive updates.
  • Social media ‘gurus’. Some of these accounts appear to use a strategy of growing their numbers by following (presumably en masse) for a week or so before then unfollowing. These types of accounts often have huge numbers following and usually disproportionately high ratios of followers vs following.
  • A ‘locked’ account with no bio. How do I know if you are worth following? I know nothing about you and can’t see your tweets.

I open nearly all of my new followers’ accounts (in new browser tabs) and check:

  • Bio
    – Is there one? I do follow people with minimal or missing bios but this will depend on content (tweets), see below.
    – Does the bio look like it describes someone with similar interests? Ok, there’s a good chance I’ll follow you (depending on your activity).
    – Is it a school (or similar account). If it is and it is active, I will add it to a list here. I generally don’t follow school accounts unless they are known to me directly and I want to receive updates. Similarly class accounts, which are added to a list here.
  • Tweets
    – Does the account only ever retweet other content? If so, I will rarely follow, I figure I’d rather receive content first hand rather than follow a serial retweeter (where’s their engagement with others?) Currently Twitter has a tab for ‘Tweets & Replies’, I nearly always click this in order to see if they are a conversationalist. Do they engage with others? Who? What about?
    – When was the last tweet? How often does this account tweet? If it hasn’t tweeted for three months, I won’t follow. If there is a recent tweet but on the whole the account is pretty dormant (fewer than 10 tweets in last few months), I probably won’t follow.
    – Is the account too noisy? Is it tweeting 20+ times per day? If so, I might not want my timeline crowded in that way.
    – Are there endless ‘inspirational quotations’ being tweeted? If so, no thanks.
    – Is this simply a broadcast channel, tweeting blogpost updates or those ‘’ daily update thingies (does anyone ever look at those)? If so, no thanks again, I don’t want your daily updates – even if I happen to be one of the ‘Top stories’ #sigh.
  • Followers
    – Occasionally I will click on the ‘Followers’ tab on their page. There is a button there for ‘Followers I know’. If they are followed by some of my most respected connections, that may justify my giving them a follow.

I am conscious that I am missing people with this process. For example, I am missing the person who has just set up their Twitter account and given me a follow but because they are new they haven’t yet got into the swing of things and, despite being great tweeters a couple of weeks into things, I haven’t followed them. I could do with these people giving me a mention maybe, to nudge me into action. rtg casino canada

Finally, I use a couple of free tools to conduct some further Twitter management. I think of this as ‘pruning’ and involves me monitoring who unfollows me, for which I use I also monitor which of my followers have gone quiet or inactive for which I use I like both of these because, although they require access to your Twitter account, what they don’t do is send out that annoying auto-tweet about numbers of followers etc that other services seem to do. They are both also free.

There you have it. I have always devoted time to managing my network and as things continue to evolve I thought it worth sharing what I’m doing right now.

Got any observations? Top tips? Please feel free to comment.

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7 thoughts on “Keeping on top of it all

  1. Hi Dughall,
    Thanks for this insight how you manage your Twitter-presence!

    Just two questions to think about (I’m just curious and there is no critics or offence intended!):
    1) Would you follow yourself, regarding your own rules?
    2) What does something like “inactivity” tell you? the best online casino for mac usa

    I didn’t tweet much (did I at all?) for nearly two month,just started again. Quite a lot people did unfollow me too – but did one of them ask what the reason is for my inactivity?

    I see that there is a need to manage certain numbers of followers and I start using lists more active – there is a small number of persons I don’t want to miss tweeting. So I have a few list “close friends”, “company’s”, “educational folk”,… depending on my time I check just one ore all of them. top 10 casino canada

    If there are people you don’t want to miss a single tweet you can also use IFTTT (If this hen this) recipes to get notifications via mail or get the tweets archived in Evernote etc.

    Ich wünsche Dir alles Gute und bis bald 🙂

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂
      To answer your questions:
      1) Yes, I think I probably would although my follow/follower ratios are beginning to look a bit suspicious by my own standards but I’d like to think that my tweets would justify a follow.
      2) I suppose there are many reasons for inactivity and I understand that people come and go on Twitter. One thing I should add is that I have certain people who I’d consider as ‘perma-follows’ (in other words I wouldn’t consider unfollowing, whatever the circumstances, active or not). And yes, I have occasionally taken to Twitter, or other media, to ‘check’ on someone if they don’t appear to be themselves (which might include inactivity).

      Yes, I do find lists helpful but have never yet gone so far as making an IFTTT recipe but appreciate the suggestion.

      Wishing you well and hoping to see you before too long!

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  2. Thank you for this, oh guru of Twitter! You were one of my first follows and I’ve enjoyed interacting with you. I have become a bit of a “noisy twitter and hope I don’t clutter up your timeline to much. If you’ve muted me, don’t tell me!
    I find Lists a very useful way of keeping on top of everything and I use them a lot. wsj virtual casino

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  3. Hi Dughall, I’ve just become active again with my account on Twitter. BTW thanks for following. I also give careful thought before I unfollow an inactive tweeter especially if I have an established relationship with the person. I proactively unfollow any educator who doesn’t follow me back. In my view it should be a two way exchange. If they’re not interested in having my tweets in their feed, then I don’t want to give volume or space to their voice in mine. Recently I had the experience of being blocked by a fellow educator. I have no idea what prompted this and have now reconciled that I’ll never know. It’s a little weird. I’ve consoled myself that when you clearly stand for something, not everyone will like it or agree. So be it. Thanks for openly sharing your strategy Twitter strategy.

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