There are many reasons why I follow people on Twitter.
I constantly refine who I follow to achieve the right mix of people who tweet about communications, government, and media. For three years and counting, I continue to emulate Angela Maiers’ Twitter engagement formula and her 70-20-10 rule:
Share Resources (70) – Successful learning in the 21st Century is not what you know, but what you can share, so 70% of my Twittertime is spent sharing others voices, opinions, and tools.
Collaborations (20) – 20% of my Tweets are directly responding, connecting, collaboration, and co-creating with like-minded Twitter colleagues. From these important tweets, lifelong professional and personal relationships have been forged.
Chit-Chat (10) – 10% of my Twittertalk is “chit-chat-how’s-your-hat” stuff. It is in these “trivial” details shared about working out, favorite movies, politics, and life in general that I connect with others as a human being. These simple chit chats are what have allowed me to know that I am never alone, and there is support whenever, wherever, and however I need it!
Here are the faces and other avatars of 96 I follow today. This is not everyone. The below sampling is via a tool from Sxoop Technologies, which you can run to get your own mosaic.
I frequently share resources and collaborate with them, and they back at me. Once our relationship goes stale, I unfollow. After all, our so-called real world friends fade in and out of our lives. It’s no different on Twitter.
All pictures may be clicked. Hover your mouse over one to read his or her name. Meet each person and tweet them that I say hi.