Listed below are 3 main ways I find people to follow:
- Brute Force – you’ll know it when you see it…(consider this the “browse” option.)
- Pattern Matching – You know who you want to follow, just need to find them…
- Backtracking – someone’s following me…should I follow them?
Geekette Alert: Did you know the three I listed are also common computer algorithms? An algorithm is a problem solving method with specific execution instructions. See their wikis here: Brute Force search, Pattern Matching search, and Backtracking
Today’s post will only cover the first, I have gone into detail and to combine all 3 would be a lot. I didn’t want to overwhelmed new Twitter users.
This option works well if you’ve done a preliminary sweep and are following those you wanted to. Also, this method works well when you’ve sat down at the computer for a no-brainer evening. Use the brute force method when you’re not in a rush and would like to browse potential tweeps.
Browse Following List: Be a copy cat and follow the people someone else is following. To browse their list, simply go to that person’s Twitter account and find the link underneath the number of people they’re following. If you know the name of the user you can go there directly by inserted the @USERNAME into the following URL:
i.e. http://twitter.com/MeeseMusic/following for @MeeseMusic
Click on the button to automatically start following anyone you’ve found interesting. Convenient because you don’t have to leave this page, and go to each Twitter profile to click follow. Quickly add several people instantly by going down this list.
The Twitter profiles are displayed in “Most Recently Added” order.
*The follow button is only available if you’re not already “Following” them. Since I’m following @JoeSingleFile in the second picture, I don’t have the option to follow him again.
*Check out who I’m following – I’ve kept it relatively clean and tended to added in groups (lot of food tweeps in a row, then sports, then beer blogs, etc.):
My list doesn’t have everything but there are a couple random ones you might enjoy…benefit from the time I took to go through a whole bunch of other people’s following list.
The brute force method is a great to use when you’d like to browse by a particular genre. For example, if someone is following significantly less people then they’re being followed by, see who they’re following. A lot of companies only follow local branches. Some bands only follow upcoming unknowns to help get the name out there.
Another good idea, while on their profile, check out who they starred in their favorites list. A chef might mark all the recipes he was particularly fond of, another person might mark a tweet with a special date.
Check back soon for the final two methods.