This is my very first reflection post for ANZ 23 Mobile Things! Although I am one of the organizers, I am also one of the participants and am learning just as much (if not more!) as the other participants 🙂
The topic this week – Twitter.
“That’s easy,” I thought. I know a lot about Twitter; been on it about a year and have just passed my 5000th tweet. Boy, was I wrong!
I discovered that I have a serious problem. I am maxed out at the number of people I am allowed to follow – 2000 people. So I have a SERIOUS clean-up to do. I have a few options:
1. Create lists to categorize people by geographical location, topics, etc… as you can add people to lists without following them.
2. Go through all 2000 followers and selectively un-follow those I am not interacting with or who just aren’t relevant to me anymore.
3. Wait until I get more than 2000 followers (currently at 850) and then Twitter will let me follow more.
4. Never follow anyone else ever again (is that really an option though?!).
So I’ve decided to investigate lists. I asked how people organize their lists on Twitter and we had a great conversation which you can read on Storify here. I got a lot of different advice about ways to organize lists and different ways that people use their lists. But I’ve decided that lists might not be the best way for me to solve my problem at hand. Why?
- I find that I tend to just look at my main feed; I think that if I put them all into multiple lists I wouldn’t look at all of them and it might be a waste of time.
- I’m not hugely a “list” person; I prefer to look at the big picture of everything that’s going on
- It’s a lot of work going through 2000 people and working out which ones should fit where!
So I’ve decided that it would be better for me to look at all the people I follow and evaluate if I still would like to follow them or if they are not relevant to my lines of thinking. I might also make a decision based on frequency of tweeting and the content they tweet. I’ve tried using Friend or Unfollow to pull out the people that I am following who aren’t following me (1291 accounts!). So I am working through these; some of them are big names in the library profession who I am still very keen to follow (like @mstephens7) so there is still quite a bit to evaluate!
My ultimate goal is to get the number of people I am following down to around 1000 – this is going to take a lot of work but it is definitely a work in progress!
So what do you think? Is this the best solution to my problem or should I “make the list”?