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Yes, well, with 3 instances in the past 2 weeks of people on Twitter realising I’m not following them anymore… I feel inspired to write this blog post.

I’ve recently received great on tips how to manage Twitter (with thanks to: @rosshill, @joannespain, and recent blog How to manage Twitter without getting burn out ) .

As such, I’m trying a new Samantha Bell system:

I often ‘unfollow‘ people, retain some and ‘follow‘ new people.
(i.e. Who I’m following regularly changes.)

Reasons:

  • Happiness… to enjoy the information rather than feeling overwhelmed by too many tweets.
  • Feed me my great stuff… to tailor information coming to me so it is very niche. It is about the niches I’m interested in (i.e. “Innovation 2.0” rather than “Innovation”).
  • Trust the Network works… I believe many people I know will RT others that I want to learn information from – especially locally here in Melbourne. Instead of getting tweets twice or more, I unfollow some of my local network and rely on the network to provide and filter (and to inform stuff I’ll be interested in).
  • Creativity and New Ideas… It also bring in new ideas, different information and… heightens my creativity.
  • Quality not Quantity… To have a feeling of calm that I can read all tweets received in a day and not have to scan my list of tweets too much. (NB: I use Tweet Deck and don’t make the time to manage/group people I’m following or to set up different columns.)
  • Reality check… I can’t always be connected on Twitter to everyone I meet in life (online or face to face) – the feed would be outrageously long.

These are all great reasons to me.

The problem occurs when people (who expect you’re following them) are surprised/offended/annoyed by my “unfollow”.

For these people… please don’t take it personally. We are always connected. We can always reach each other.

Empower me (and you and others) to find a Twitter system that works for me. Help me find my sweet spot of individuality, efficiency and happiness.

I love the idea of each of us as individuals finding the system that works for us.

Please add your comments…
🙂

Update 19 November, 2009 (later in the day to writing this blog post) here’s another blogpost very similar (thanks Ross): http://mnmlist.com/unfriending-one-key-to-a-minimalist-social-experience/

[Sidebar: I like Ross‘s quote of “If it’s adding time to your day, you’re not doing it right!” – challenging and confronting which is great for reflection – in this space of gazillion weblinks and people that we are connected to – and as we all find our sweet spot of Social Media efficiency.

I also make a note that at the moment I am following approx 50 people so that I don’t have too many tweets every day. This is actually published by Twitter as “Samantha Bell is following 370 people” – the other 320 people are not yet using Twitter and those who rarely tweet. ]

Thanks to Joanne Spain once again for a lovely image of a beautiful tea cup.