I’m going to do a little experiment. I’ve been using Twitter for quite a while now and have been pretty consistent in my approach. I follow people who I find of interest. That’s it really. I’ve never been that hung-up on who (or how many) people are following me.
But recently a couple of things happened that got me thinking. One was the recent slew of UX conferences that have been happening. SXSW and MidWestUX to name a couple. There was some really interesting back-channel conversations going on which came from people that follow me (I later learned) that I didn’t follow. The other thing was tweets mistaking me for the singer David Mead who was appearing at TEDxNashville.
So starting soon I will follow everyone (currently 619) who follows me. Adding them to my timeline I should start to get a good sense of whats spam and whats legitimate. This should help me block & report those, as well as open me up to hopefully some more diverse conversations.
This is probably something that “everyone” already does, but for me its a departure from how I normally use a tool. I hoping that departure offers me some new insights and helps me to step out of my box 🙂