I have already shared how I declutter my digital blogging life on Bloglovin. Today I am continuing the series and talking about Twitter. It is funny how previously I was looking at people with a following of a few thousand and thinking that it will take me years before I get there. What I failed to notice was how many people they actually followed themselves. Quite often it is a very similar or higher number to the number that follows them. After decluttering Bloglovin I was more cautious and started to ask questions what is the real value of the number of followers they have? If I was a brand would I really be impressed with someone who has 5k followers but follows 9k?
Decluttering Social Media - Twitter
Over a year ago I had a good look at my own Twitter. I noticed that I really do not interact that much. My number of followers was growing but so was the number of people I follow. Once again I noticed the pattern, which honestly did not indicate that my Twitter and content was interesting. Instead it just shown that I am good and quick enough in following back. I thought that I was being nice, that this might be the way to start a conversation. I was wrong, once again I fallen into a trap of being a number.
How did I decide who should I unfollow?
Over the course of three days I used various tools such as Tweepdash to check whom I follow and who is not following me. Some people have a very odd, and from the marketing point of view, annoying strategy of following and unfollowing people to have a bigger ratio between followers and followed. Patiently I went to check each of the Twitter accounts that was not following me and ask myself a question whether I wanted to stay in touch and spark a conversation? If the answer was yes I twitted them. I would ask them something directly either relevant to their latest twit, post or something they know about. Consequently if they were interested in interaction I would continue following them because I do not really mind if they do not follow me. I totally understand if my twits, posts, or images are not what they are interested in. What I do mind is if they are open to a dialogue with me. Partly because I simply find ignoring your followers rather rude but again this is just my opinion. This also allowed me to stop having people on my list who were not active for months.
Why is it worth it to regularly check the quality of content you can see on Twitter?
Another thing that I have did was to carefully observe my home stream on Twitter and the twits there. If I noticed that someone is being incredibly negative, they stopped interacting with me, or that I am not having a conversations with them I would also unfollow them. My mind and perspective on social media changed dramatically this year. I really want quality and numbers remains well just a number. What does it mean anyway when it is so easy to buy followers?
Did I lost followers?
Yes, I did but because I had so much less clutter on my home page I finally started to see what interests me! This also allowed me to interact so much more with so many different people because finally there was no clutter! As a result I started gaining more followers faster than I ever had before! They would also speak with me and not leave just because I do not follow them back.
Who do I follow?
I will tell you a secret who I follow. Firstly if you have a conversation with me just simple “Hi, how are you? I have seen your post about XYZ thanks for sharing” I will check your profile and the chances that I will follow you back are very high. To most of my new followers I also send question to try and get them involved. This usually includes if they would like to take part in my bloggers’ series ‘Finish the sentence…’ I started this series during the beginning of year. You can take part in the November edition, all the information is at the end of this post. This series is a perfect filter to show who wants to interact with me. Even if it’s a simple ‘Thank you for letting me know, but I will pass this time’ for me it is a clear signal that says ‘Hey, this is not someone who just follows me for follow and then leaves within a day. Since I stopped following people just because they follow me I now have the time to check websites of people who do follow me. Quite often I leave a comment giving another opportunity to spark a conversation.
What do you do that helps you to manage your Twitter?