I’m only following 33 people on Twitter. Is that enough?
I think so. Other people follow loads more – like 783 – but I can’t understand how that doesn’t become utterly useless. Unless all you do all day is sit watching your Twitter account you’re going to miss loads of stuff aren’t you? Or am I mssing something?
I saw this blog post, see, from Todd Defren. I totally agree with Todd that Twitter’s a really useful tool for understanding what people are thinking about, writing about and doing…which can only help PRs do a better job.
Todd lists a load of Twitterers that are essential following. But there are 45 of them. And I bet they all Tweet like mad. The reason I stopped following Hugh MacLeod (long before he decided to stop…and then start again) was because he posted so many times that my Twitter page filled up with just his Tweets. Which wasn’t very useful.
Todd’s the fella who follows 783 people, so if he’s got a canny way of managing that, perhaps he could pass it on?
Here’s a few other Twitter-related things:
A post from some bloke called Stowe Boyd saying he’ll only accept pitches from companies via Twitter, which I think is a bit ridiculous.
A link to Twhirl which is a much handier way to see and post Tweets than the website (I think Dom put me on to that).
And this little gem called Twistori that Tim just showed me. When you click on one of the words on the left – love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish – it aggregates all the Tweets that are being posted using the word and scrolls them up your screen. Strangely compelling. I particularly like ‘I feel…’