I asked them if they felt bad losing out on reading nuggets and growing relationships with everyone because they followed so many.
They shook their heads no.
I follow 77 today via my @ariherzog account.
It is a manageable number for me.
I remember when I followed 7,000. It was in 2009 when I conscientiously chose to reciprocate followers by following them back — and it was chaos. I couldn’t focus on the people I wanted to see because I saw everyone else. Granted, I wasn’t using lists then which I am using today — but if I need a list to categorize who I follow, then why not follow less so I don’t need to rely on lists?
I can’t see myself following the tens of thousands of people who Calvin, Lisa, John Paul, and Kristi follow.
Being followed by a person who follows 100 people or less is far, far more valuable than being followed by someone who follows 10,000 or more. Followers aren’t always there to listen to your every word and it becomes exponentially harder to be heard as everyone follows everyone else.
Amen. I want to hear the people I follow. I want to retweet them, reply to them, nurture relationships with them. Not on a scatter plot but regularly with everyone. I can’t do that if I follow 86,000 like Calvin. It is impossible for me.
The takeaway is how I use Twitter works for me and how Calvin uses it works for him. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong.
There is no magic number of people you should follow.
You need to follow a number that makes sense to you.