“Listless” but OK; how I’m solving my Twitter problem.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts on my Twitter dilemma; I have since followed up on many of your helpful suggestions as you can see from the results below:


So I’m now down to 1480 from 2001 – only another 480 odd to reach my goal of 1000 following! Woo-hoo!

How did I do this?

Jan Holmquist’s suggestion of ManageFlitter – http://manageflitter.com/ – was inspired; it’s a great way to break down who you are following. It breaks down who you are following by the following filters:

  • Not following back
  • No profile image
  • Fake following
  • Non-English
  • High Ratio
  • Inactive
  • Talkative
  • Quiet

These are very useful to evaluate who you are following and to see the characteristics of the groups. As I prefer to follow people who interact, I choose to unfollow all the inactive accounts I was following (those people that have not tweeted in the last 30 days). This was an easy way to clear about 100 inactive accounts off my list.

As I am using a free account, I can only unfollow 100 people per day within the filter. Hence I have been going back over several days to get down this low and will continue to use this tool to tidy up my Twitter account.

I also have browsed through my list of following on Twitter to see if I can identify any rogue accounts that I didn’t mean to follow and have managed to find a few this way.

My main aim at this stage is to get my following down to a manageable level so I am pruning quite heavily. I don’t stress too much about the unfollow decisions as I know I can easily go back and follow people again if I accidentally unfollowed someone that I do want to follow.

One concern I had was that I might loss a number of followers by this drastic spring clean, but any followers I have lost has been negated by some new followers I have gained this week. In fact, I think the number following me has actually increased (but this might not be related to my spring clean :D). Just a shout-out to all who are following me; a big thank you and I hope I continue to share content that is of interest to you. But if I don’t, or I start to annoy you with frequent tweeting, feel free to unfollow me – I understand 😀

So did I set up any lists?

I’ve set up a couple of private lists for people that I wasn’t sure about unfollowing completely. I will continue to evaluate these lists to see if I need to follow more people or create separate lists based on topics of interest.

What have I learned from this week?

I’ve learned a lot from this week actually. Using this week to focus on Twitter allowed me to:

  • Think more deeply about the type of people I’d like to follow and interact with
  • Evaluate the different types of accounts I am following and become more aware on my PLN
  • Tidy up my account so I have a more manageable feed and can interact more with those I am following
  • Discover a way to add another account to my Twitter app on the iPad so I can switch between using my personal account – @ajwillemse91 – and the ANZ 23 mobile things – @anz23mthings – with the click of a button! Very handy – only I have occasionally tweeted from the wrong account but am working on ironing that one out!

What have you learned about Twitter this week?


5 thoughts on ““Listless” but OK; how I’m solving my Twitter problem.

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  2. Great post A. Am impressed that you have been able to drastically reduce your 2000+ following by almost 50% (I have the utmost belief that you’ll make it 1000 very soon!)

    Really liked your reflections at the end about what you’ve learnt from this experience – reflecting on the value of your Twitter connections, and aiming to improve your interactivity with followers/following.

    Looking forward to more reflections 😉

    • Thanks for your comment Megan 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be able to get there too; down to 1397 (as per 11:30AM on 13/05/2013) and it’s getting easier! I’m also working actively on interacting more with those I am following, both on Twitter and by writing comments on their blogs to let them know I read it and enjoyed it 😀

  3. I manage the library Twitter account (@WDLibraries) and mine mostly from my iPad/Hootsuite so I know it can be tricky remembering which hat you are wearing when you tweet. It’s really easy to add another account on the iPad- should just be in the settings part of Twitter once you are in the app. Good luck!

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