I am on Twitter, and you’re more than free to follow me there.
However, I will not always follow you back, so please don’t take it personally. I do respond to just about every @reply sent my way (unless it is spam). If you engage me in enough conversation, I will follow you because I’ll know more about you and find you interesting.
You’re welcome to follow my conversations, and just maybe you’ll find other interesting people. You’re welcome to ignore my conversations with others, and that’s fine too. The people I follow are the people I’ve had interesting discussions with or who I get personal value from.
- I follow people who are interesting and who offer insights.
- I follow people who I have met in person.
- I follow a variety of organisations to keep up to date with “stuff”.
I will try to follow other public sector folk, where I know they exist and I also make use of twitter lists to help stay in touch with people.
You’ll notice that I have more people following me than I follow. Don’t get hung up on the number. I’ve been on the service for a while, and I am followed by many scripts and bots that have never provided value. I need to get around to “blocking” these at some point.
I believe that you need to ensure that as an individual you gain personal value from these tools and sites or you simply won’t engage properly – so what I am actually saying when I follow someone is “you say interesting things and I want to keep listening – I hope you don’t mind”.
The key for me is listening and acknowledging, you don’t have to follow someone to do that and we don’t need to create standards to force a level of mediocrity onto social platforms that offer different things to different people.
In the meantime take a look around my blog, add a comment or follow some links.