I have simply made a choice to be highly selective in who I befriend and follow. And I have been known to unfriend and unfollow people on a regular basis.
I do this for a two key reasons:
- It makes me more meaningful as a follower. I don’t follow you because you follow me, or because I expect a follow back. I follow you because I feel you have something to offer me that I want – be that entertainment, news, education etc
- I can’t currently process more than about 70 follows at the same time. If I truly want to pay attention to the people I’m following then I find that is a manageable number. I don’t understand how someone can follow hundreds, even thousands of people. That’s not to say it is wrong, but my brain isn’t geared that way. I’m a simpler man.
When I started out on Twitter and FB it was all about how many friends/followers can I get; let me follow as many people as possible, but quickly I realised that sifting through all the Farmville crap and irrelevant tweets was actually a waste of time. Now I think I have a balance that I am comfortable with and that I get a lot from. If that happens to grow in the future then so be it. I’m not averse to the idea, simply I couldn’t give my follows the due attention.
Next time, my social media etiquette.
How do you manage your social media follows (be that on FB, Twitter or LinkedIn)?