I generally try to follow anyone who follows me, and I'm consistently looking for interesting people to follow, but I do have a few rules which I tend to use when deciding who to follow.
- If you are following twice as many people as are following you, I will not follow you. I am guessing you are just trying to get new followers by following random people. The exception to this rule is if you are new and have only a few followers.
- I won't follow you if your time line consists of only links. I love the content I find through Twitter, but the real conversations that occur are worth much more.
- If you are local, and you don't completely violate my other rules I will always follow back. I have found out more interesting things about the Twin Cities in the six months I've been on Twitter, than I did in the year and a half before.
- If you do not have a bio, a link, or your real name in your profile, why are you here? You do not need to do all three, but you should at least go for two out of the three.
- If you follow more than 1000 people, I will assume you don't care what I say and will do the same. The exception is if you are truly famous and have close to a 1:1 follower to follow ratio.
- If you do have a link in your profile and it goes to a page that is 80% ads. Well you do the math.
- If you tweet in all caps more than once a decade, you can guarantee I will not follow you.
- Swearing, though funny occasionally, is no substitute for actual content and humor. If you swear because it's easy I will not follow you.
- If your tweets consistently cross the 140-character line into a new tweet, I will find you annoying and I will not follow you.
- Do you constantly pick fights on Twitter? I left trolls behind with vBulletin. Healthy debate is acceptable and encouraged though.
Well after writing down these rules, I realize I need to quit following myself. Does Twitter allow me to do that?