This Twitter screenshot shows my follower to following ratio during the initial weeks of 2016.
Courtesy of third-party analytics, you can see a marked increase in the number I follow and a slight increase in the number following me.
The “dip” of followers is intentional as those are forced unfollows, a concept I discovered last year. It’s an automated process via Tweepi that enables me to choose inactive accounts that I don’t want following me. This is because I don’t support outdated influence. I want my followers to be representative of active accounts, not accounts that haven’t tweeted in 6+ months.
Why My Twitter Network is Increasing
If you accept that the network is a mix of who you follow and who follows you, then conditional logic indicates:
- If you follow a stranger; and
- If your tweets appear normal and insightful; then
- You will be followed back and/or shared with their networks as someone to follow.
The majority of the people I follow are folks who were already following me and this is why the number of followers only slightly increased. As I seek out people who aren’t following me and opting to follow them, I’m noticing a percentage of them following me back. These include folks who self-identify as civic hackers, urban studies professors, anthropologists, journalists, social marketing managers, etc.
I’m curious what the above screenshot will resemble at the end of February and I’ll write a new post then.