Q&A: Is it wrong to not follow a lot of people on Twitter?

QUESTION:  I know I am going against common practice, but right now I struggle to "follow" hundreds of people back on Facebook and Twitter. For me, it's all about relationships, and when I have too many people in the feed or flow, I start missing important stuff. So ... I force myself to limit how many people I "follow" on Twitter or "friend" on Facebook at the personal page level. Am I wrong or right?

This question was originally asked by Gil Gerretsen on LinkedIn.  You can find that full conversation here.

MY ANSWER:  I would say Twitter can be used in many ways, depending on what you want to get out of it. I don't think you're wrong to only follow a select few that you want to build a relationship with. That's definitely a great way to use Twitter.

Twitter, for me, is more of a discovery and reference engine. To start with, I NEVER look at my home feed. You're right, it's way too much information & noise if you follow a lot of people (which I do). I don't follow everyone, but I do follow everyone that follows me (unless it's an obvious spam account), and I actively seek out people to follow that are talking about things that interest me.

So what are my interests, and how do I use Twitter find relevant information?

Q&A: Is it wrong to not follow a lot of people on Twitter?

Facebook makes finding Pages you might "Like" easier.

Facebook is all about connecting you with friends & family, and once you have connected with 10-20 friends, Facebook will begin to suggest friends.  This feature has been one of the big reasons Facebook has exploded to 500+ million users in recent months.  You no longer need to search for your friends, Facebook finds them for you, and all you need to do is approve or decline each suggestion.

A similar feature is now available to find Pages for you to "Like".  Previously discovering Pages that might interest you was left to friends suggestions, your searches on Facebook, or a link from a website.  Each of these methods worked fine, but none took into account your entire profile.

The new Facebook Page Browser usings the information in your profile, wall posts, comments, interests, etc... to give you a list of suggested Pages you might want to join.

So, how well did it work for me?

Facebook makes finding Pages you might "Like" easier.


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