Who do I follow on Twitter?
- People I’ve met face to face
- People I haven’t met but who are related to me
- People who interact with me online, on blogs, mailing lists, newsgroups etc
- People who say interesting stuff or post interesting links, even if I don’t know them
The same applies, mutatis mutandis
, to people I “friend” on Facebook.
Most of what I post on Twitter is links to stuff I’ve written elsewhere, or links to other stuff I find interesting. I don’t see Twitter as a medium for discussion. I also don’t see it as a medium for posting photos (I use Facebook for that). If people post lots of photos on Twitter, I usually stop following them.
I don’t ask
people to follow me on Twitter (or Facebook, for that matter), but I don’t mind if they do. Just don’t expect me to follow you back, unless
you interact in other ways, like through a mailing list or newsgroup, or comments on a blog (yours or mine) or getting together for coffee or something if we are close enough.
I say this because I have a lot of “friend” requests on Facebook from people I don’t know, and I’m not sure how to respond to them, so I usually don’t, and I thought I should perhaps explain why I don’t.