After the first month I was starting to get overwhelmed. At the end of the second month I was definitely overwhelmed. I was still following WAY more than I had following me. I'd made a few tweeps (Twitter friends) but found it nearly impossible to follow conversations or keep track of who was who. I managed to stay somewhat in touch by using hashtags and my lists, but barely.
I stopped following new people via my "add everyone who follows me and more" add approach by March, I just let new followers find me via my Tweets and my tweeps. I participated in the April A to Z Challenge and found more. I made sure my Twitter handle @DonnaBMcNicol was on my blogs, website, Facebook page and in every comment I made on any blog.
I read an article that changed my mind about ignoring the follow-back unwritten rule. It was a guest post on C.S. Lakin's blog and it has really helped me expand my follower base in the last month. While I don't follow 500 new people every day, I do now follow new people every day.
So I started searching for tips and tools to help me organize and make Twitter more useful for me. I'll pass along a few that have worked best for me in the next couple of articles. I now easily stay on top of who to follow/unfollow and actually manage to have conversations with my best tweeps.
So how are things are working out? Quite well...I hit 1000 followers yesterday!!! When I started, I thought I'd never get more than 100 or so.
- - - > More to come tomorrow