|A few of my Twitter friends.|
Lately I’ve been finding Twitter increasingly engaging and relevant in both my personal and professional life. I don’t follow a lot of people there: currently I have only 39 “Twitter friends,” only about a third of whom post regularly, the rest sporadically. But it’s useful. It helps me maintain a sense of personal connection at a distance, and it’s even helped me nurture new friendships.
How do I choose my Twitter friends? Mostly they’re people I’ve met or have corresponded with. I don’t tend to follow people simply because I’ve read their blogs or articles or like their music — but that’s just me. I generally feel I need some personal connection before I friend someone on Twitter.
Currently, my Twitter friends are mostly folks I know from the online-media field, since few of my family members or close friends from “meatspace” use Twitter (that I know of). Two of my Twitter friends are people I met last month at a conference in Catalonia. (See, I didn’t call it “Spain” this time!) They post mostly in Spanish, which is fun for me to try to interpret as I struggle to become less monolingual.
I also follow Teeth via Twitter — an aggregation of blog postings from Pakistan, which I find fascinating.
I tend to read someone’s Twitter posts for a couple of weeks and then keep them or not. This is a highly individual medium, and some people’s style of “tweeting” really doesn’t work for me, no matter how much I like them.
Anyway, that’s how I’m reaching out in this new conversational/social medium. What about you? How do you choose your Twitter friends? Please comment below — or reply to me on Twitter, if you follow me there.