The #FollowFriday phenomenon on Twitter doesn’t do much for much. I think the main reason is that most tweeps (twits?) just post as many handles fit in 140 characters. I’d like to know why you follow someone so that I can get an idea of why I might want to follow him/her.
As a complementary (or contrary) concept, I propose “follow wishlists”. Periodically or as desired we could each write a blog post briefly describing the kinds of folks we’d like to follow or tweets we’d like to read. Allow me to lead my example.
Above all else, I’d like to follow folks who tweet about fatherhood or motherhood. If you write interesting tweets about parenthood, I’ll probably follow you. There are certain types of parents I’d particularly like to follow, though. I’m especially interested in those who stay/work at home, home school, have libertarian sympathies, are geeky, are Catholic, have babies or toddlers, and/or live in the Pittsburgh area.
There are also some folks I’m unlikely to follow. If all or most of your tweets are from a RSS feed, I’m not interested. If I want to read your feed, I’ll do so in a feed reader. That’s not how I’d like to see Twitter used. Occasionally posting links to your blog is fine, but please try to interact with your followers. Also, if you’re more interested in selling me something than conversing and sharing thoughts with me, leave me alone. I do not hesitate to block spammers and marketers.
Who would you like to follow?