This was a significant increase from the previous number of about 110.
While I found I could keep up with the number of updates there taking place, but only as long as I wasn’t doing anything else. It became quite a chore for me to follow all the different conversations in my “all friends” column. I did find that I couldn’t multi-task and just glance over to see how conversation were progressing.
I really missed not knowing who I was following enough to feel comfortable jumping into the conversations that were going on around me.
Image via CrunchBase
During this experiment I learned that while you can make lists, they are a pain to setup and maintain. Even though I use TweetDeck for most of my Twitter interactions, having 22 columns to keep track of my different interests is a just a bit much. Especially since I am expanding my interests to include the effects of aging and improving my, blog in anticipation of some further experimentation during summer break.
I guess the big question is if I will continue to follow over 1,100 people on Twitter or do I plan to pare the list down to what I consider a more reasonable number (between 200 – 300 for me).
There are many positives to following so a larger number of people:
- more diverse conversations
- different points of view
- talking about ideas that you may not have otherwise
- meeting more people
The issues with following so many are:
- keeping up with the different conversations
- missing out on conversations with people you have made online/offline friendships with
- feeling overwhelmed by the number conversations and just turning off Twitter (I find myself doing it more than I did in the past).
To be honest based on the experience of the past 3 weeks, I am planning on moving back to following a much smaller number of people on Twitter and will start the process in the near future. But to keep track of those that I have been following, and not loose the benefit of their Twitter comments, I will be selectively be using the #hashtags and lists to keep up with specific topics and people who frequent those topics/#hashtags on Twitter.
Image via CrunchBaseSo while it may look as though I am ignoring Twitter karma by not following everyone who follows me, it really is not the case, I just cannot keep up the “all friends” Twitter stream with that number of people in it. I am now going to follow more than three times the number I was in the past, but I just can’t do a 1:1 follow number, due to how overwhelming it gets. It certainly is not because I am stuck up or anything like that, I just want to have more personal conversations and be able to keep up with those in my “all friends” Twitter stream.
It looks as if I am pretty comfortable with my life in the slow lane – it is not nearly as stressful as the fast lane.
What are you doing to make a difference?