I have spent the last few days updating my Twitter profile and other social media profiles. I was following blogs and information including email tip courses only to find that half the information offered was out of date. So I have come up with my own Twitter Ideas list and will put it together to offer a 2017-18 version. This document is currently a work in progress.
I have updated my Twitter Lists, on my profile, so that I can organize my following so that I can interact with people more directly rather than waiting to see a tweet in my home feed. So I have 20 public lists under the general headings of topics I am interested in including items such as hobbies, gardening, weightloss, wellness, internet, photos and the like. I will slowly put those I am following into a list and search via these lists for information for my benefit and to share with my followers.
I realized I was following twice as many people as were following me. This will eventually cause problems with my Twitter account, so while it is still small (just under 2000 following) I have gone through all those who are not following me back and placed them in a private “not following back” list. I will review these people to ensure that the profiles are still active and if so I will interact with them directly to try and get them to follow back automatically. If not, then I will contact by direct message where possible, or tweet, and ask them to consider following me back.
Unfortunately, I followed some advice which said to follow influencers followers and I did this and found that few, if any, of them followed me back although I am very interested in the subject they are tweeting on. To limit this in the future, I have updated my profile banner to mention all the topics I am interested in. This is now on this blog as well as my social media profiles.
I can then decide whether to continue following, or to unfollow. There are a lot of restrictions about bulk following then unfollowing, so I will do so slowly about 50 at a time. In the meantime, all new followings that don’t follow back will go to a second private not following folder to consider next. Twitter frowns on automatic systems that look after this so in order to keep my profile active yet functional I will do this by hand. It is a very slow process so if you are new to Twitter it is a good idea to set your site up properly from the start so that it is a lot less work.
In order to make sure my profile remains active I have set up a free account in Buffer so that I have some posts happening whilst I am busy sorting out my profile. To add to this I retweet interesting content as well as make some of my own posts and post my blogposts to the social media profiles as well.
I check my notifications each time I log in and immediately follow back everyone I can. I find that if I leave it too long, some people quickly unfollow. I also periodically check the followers list as I have found some that drop down in the listing and I miss following back. If any readers have discovered that I am not following you back, just pop me a message on Twitter.
This blog post has been to update and hope that I can help others get their Twitter profile workable from the start. Please let me know if it has helped and feel free to ask any general questions in the comments below.