Think about it, do you hear everything everyone says at a networking event? No, you get snippets of conversations here and there. Twitter is no different so relax and just dip and out of it when you want.
Once you start following hundreds of twitterers, you may find that at certain times of a day your main feed refreshes very often and it can become hard to read all the tweets being posted? If so, you have a few options:
1. Create Lists
Once you set up the list you can then make that your main feed so it’s easier for you to track the tweets from those you value most.
There are lots of other good reasons to use lists – you can read more about that in another blog post of mine here.
2. Use Global Filter (tweetdeck)
Most applications have a function to filter out tweets from people. Within tweetdeck you can filter out:
a person – all tweets from a person
a hash tag – if you see a lot of tweets alll carrying the same hash tag and it’s not of interest to you, just filter it out. (More on hash tags here if you’re wondering what a hashtag is!)
a source – fed up of seeing auto tweets from Facebook, or via API, foursquare etc? Filter them out.
Within Tweetdeck access Global Filter by clicking on the settings (spanner) button in the top right of the screen, then select ‘Global Filter‘ and follow the simple instructions.
3. Follow fewer people!
It’s always worthwhile having a good review of your followers say every 3 months – if people aren’t following you back then unfollow them (unless they are adding value to your stream). If they are following you back but there’s been no engagement with them, is it worth still following them?
There’s many schools of though on this topic but I’ll leave that to another blog post!
There’s no perfect app out there at the moment that helps you unfollow people easily/in bulk (if you know of one please shout) – here’s the best I’ve found:
There are also plenty of apps out there that will show you who has unfollowed you (and then broadcast to your followers that you’ve been unfollowed by so and so) – DON’T USE THEM – not everyone in the world will like you or like your tweets – get over it & spend your time finding new quality followers not stressing over those who have unfollowed you, most of whom are spammers and bots anway (unless you are losing followers at a rate of knots, then maybe you need a long hard look at how you are using twitter!).
If you have other techniques for managing your followers please share them in the comments, I’d love to know