As we all know, until you get to 2000 followers on Twitter you are limited to only being able to follow 2000 people yourself. Jane from Competition Grape Vine has written an excellent post on the subject here with links to 2 very useful tools for when you are following too many people to cull some of them so that you can follow more.
Both are very useful and her tip about putting friends onto lists instead of following them is an excellent one, the only friends you need to follow really are those who you DM with about private information you don’t want the whole world to know. Unfortunately you will notice that some people don’t see it that way and can get quite stroppy if you suddenly stop following them, but ask yourself, have they spoken to you as a friend recently and does it really matter to you when they get so upset over something so trivial, I have to say, I don’t keep a note of how many people follow me, I really don’t care, what matters to me are those friends I have a laugh with and talk to and that doesn’t change as you will see each and every @ message to you if you’re following the person or listing them, or not (as you will know from the spam posts you see every so often!lol)
Another thing to do is to go through your list of who you are following manually yourself. I started this a couple of weeks ago just opening the list whenever I had half an hour and going through from the bottom (oldest follows) and now I’m about halfway and have removed around 500 from it (I have followed more at the same time but still have a nice comfort zone now) and moving friends onto a list has helped reduce it a bit more too. A lot of those I removed are accounts that still tweet often, don’t spam too much, not too many links nothing really bad so they wouldn’t get spotted by the tools that Jane suggests and we have all found really useful but are still ones I don’t interact with any more. So going forward, I’m going to keep on using those tools but once/twice a year, I’m going to have a good long look at who I’m actually following and see if I really need to be still following them!
WOW, I talk way too much dont I?lolI cant believe I’ve made all these tweets in such a short space of time, it’s been great fun though, thank you to everyone who has chatted to me. I remember when I started on Twitter, it all seemed so strange and difficult to understand, I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right but thanks to those lovely people from the Inn on MSE I found my way. From those first few days of entering the Rogers coffee draws (remember them?) to now when I seem to be there most of the day. I know I block a lot of people on there but those who I talk to are friends as well as fellow compers and we talk to each other, not just C&P or RT each others tweets so anyone that just does that gets blocked as I dont see the point in letting you follow me, it doesn’t take much to say “Hi” or to have a quick chat. Oh and I really hate having people use the RT function on my tweets, I dont understand why you want to RT my tweets, other than the few comps on here, I dont run them so thats another way to get blocked by me!lol OK, ramble over, time for the comp (which is what you’re here for anyway, right?lol)
Well, I said I’d use my 30,oooth tweet to announce a new competition on here and so here it is 🙂
Just make a comment below by 5pm Wednesday the 9th June 2010. One comment per person please and tell me what your first wins were.
I find it really interesting to hear what people won first, especially when it was a while ago and they still remember. Give as much (or as little) detail as you want, for example here’s mine:
The very first thing I won was 4 cinema tickets, this was nearly 22 years ago now but I still remember it, it was at a school fete and I won them from the raffle, I was so excited and with friends went to see Crocodile Dunee II, yes I wished I’d gone to see a better film, but I was only 14 at the time!lol
Since I joined MSE though, my first win was a Pet Poets book and Calendar. I won them from Pick Me Up when they had the daily competitions on their website. I received the WEM on 14/11/07 and the Calendar is a 2008 one but I still have both that and the book, they’re what started me getting hooked on the wonderful new hobby of ours!
The winner will be drawn at random using a random number generator. The winner will be announced on here and the prize sent within 7 days of receipt of a delivery address. Should the winner fail to contact me within 7 days of being notified I shall again use a RNG to select a new winner with the original prize winner forfeiting their claim on the prize.
I’m guessing you’d all like a prize too so I decided on this:
The bag I received last week got me thinking, I really loved the Burt’s Bees set I won last year so I got Dave to pick me up another one (there’s some bits in this one I didn’t get in the one I had so he might have to get another for me as well now!lol) so the prizes are the ‘Save the Bees’ Bee Bag and a Burt’s Bees Head to Toe starter Kit