While some may argue that it’s only common courtesy to follow all those who follow you on Twitter, there’s more to consider than simply being nice. The choice of deciding what followers you should follow back is one that haunts veteran Tweeters and newbies alike. We’ve broken down the pros and cons to both arguments so that you can decide which following style fits you.
Those who think you should follow all people who follow you have adopted the view that it’s proper etiquette and that it allows for the quickest way to increase your own Follower numbers. But, the more Followers you have, the easier it is to lose track of conversations since your Twitter feed is clogged with dozens and dozens of tweets that might not necessarily pertain to you. This method can also open you to more security threats from spam accounts.
Those who prefer to moderate and review those that they follow do so with the intention of keeping conversation and interaction more focused. They only follow profiles that really interest them. While this method gives an increased level of security and a less cluttered feed, it also limits networking opportunities.
Both have valid view points, right? We say – have a balanced approach. Look for opportunities to meet others that can help you to grow personally and professionally. Having good tools will also help to maximize your Tweeting efforts. Check out our article about the top free apps for managing your social media accounts and see which ones work for you. And lastly, have fun! Twitter is a more casual platform and really promotes one on one conversation.
What’s your Twitter strategy for following others? We’d love to hear!
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