I’m curious what criteria you use when deciding whom to follow in return. Would you share some insight into that at some point?
The thing is I am not sure I know the right way to decide who to follow, I just know what I do. What I do has changed since I first joined Twitter and I am sure will evolve.
Initially what I did was to follow Twitter users who’s blogs I read, and also to look at who those folks were following and see who was interesting. There were other ways but those I think were the main approaches.
Lately though I have found for some people the best approach is to see who the people you already like are talking to. If you “over hear” a good conversation then the people in that conversation are likely to be worth a follow.
I did try following everyone who followed me but I quickly found there gets to be a point where you can’t follow everyone, and there were one or two people who I unfollowed because I didn’t like their argumentative or abusive nature. I guess you get trolls and bullies everywhere.
As far as the usual niggles, lack of posting or over self promotion, I am probably more tolerant but those do factor. I won’t follow anyone who hasn’t Tweeted yet. At least get a full screen of Tweets before following me if you want me to follow you back.
In general if you say something interesting then I am more likely to follow but more and more I am going the conversation route.
As I say, I don’t have a perfect answer so let’s have a poll 🙂