Up and down with Twitter

I had someone making jokes at my expense because I only had 67 followers on Twitter. So I thought I'd see how easy it was to increase this.

Well, quite easy. First of all I followed the advice in our EdSpace blog to follow a top 250 twitterers. But of course these aren't my core interest, so I sought out a few decent IT industry twitterers and followed them too.

It took me about two hours to do this. Two and a half hours later I had 267 followers. The next morning I had 619.

Great.

Now to read all those twitters...oh. Most not interesting, interesting ones lost in a wall of facile noise.

So what did I learn? Well, software that filters out streams is vital. So I use tweetdeck with a stream for friends and another for those I know provide good info on my areas of interest in IT. As for my mass of other followers, well, it's just a little ego trip (to which I have no real objection, of course).

Interestingly the number of my followers gradually reduced over the next 2 weeks. It's now at 577. Still a bit to do to catch up with Stephen Fry at just over 503,000. But I'm sure he reads all the posts.

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Brian is Head of Content at BCS and blogs about the Institute’s role in making IT good for society, historical developments in computing, the implications of CS research and more.

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