I spend quite a bit of time wasting away the day with Twitter as I mentioned in the earlier too-infrequent post to the 93South blog. Like anything else in this software world, using Twitter effectively takes a bit of philosophy or strategy. Especially when it comes to who you do or do not follow.
I used to have 3 very simple "strategies" in the past. 1.) I followed you if you had anything to do with a Boston tech startup 2.) your twitters were funny 3.) you followed me But recently, I have had to start modifying this concept to the following.
- I Know You (In Real-Life That is)
Pretty straight-forward concept – if you fit the bill and I am not following you, send me a tweet.
- You Have a 2-Way Conversation (You Reply & Retweet)
I may not always respond quickly but if you tweet my back, I’ll tweet yours. Even though I used to like twittering into the twibys for therapeutic reasons, it’s much more interesting to have conversations.
- You Know What You Are Talking About
I have interests just like the rest of you and I spend a lot of time researching. If you publish consistent links and content on a topic that I am following…I’m yours.
- You’re Funny!!!!!!
This was my old #2 but it really should be #1. Other than using Twitter for tech research, my only other interest in twitter was to send a receive 1-liners. Are you funny? Tweet me.
- You’re Connected to a Boston-Area Startup
Related to #3….I still keep an eye on anything and everything startup in the New England area. Hell, I may even start posting again. If you are working at, founding, funding or advising a startup, tweet me.
Keep in mind, these are just guidelines. I may follow you with no particular reason in mind.
What is your Twitter Follow Policy?
In case you were wondering…Follow Me on Twitter!
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