There are so many articles around about how to find people to follow on Twitter. It is never clear to me why people are searching for some kind of instant friends list. You didn’t show up at school and get a Xeroxed list of people titled “Your New Friends.” It is the same on Twitter. There really is only one good way and it is mind numbingly easy. Go into your Twitter notifications settings and check it from the default (Show me @ from the people I am following) to Show me all @ replies. Save. Done.
I hear you scratching your head. How could this help? Because you will start to see people you follow talking to other people. Granted, until you follow that other person you will only see one side of the conversation but things start to look interesting and you’ll click through to find out more about that new person and then start following and being part of the conversation. Then those new people follow a slightly different circle of friends and you see them talking and add another. And so on and so on. Get it? It is all about finding people naturally.
One simple change. No need to learn anything new. Start following people you are actually interested in following. Make it your own micro community.
Twitter Replies Summary
- A reply in Twitter is any Tweet that you start with @username.
You can reply to anyone even if they don’t follow you.
- Anytime you create a Reply in the proper way (see #1), the reply will always show up in the Replies tab of the person you are replying to.
- This is true if the person follows you or not and regardless of their reply settings.
- Putting @usernamein other places in your Tweet is common courtesy when you are referring to someone else on Twitter but is NOT considered a reply in any way.
Tips on reply settings
- To keep your recent time line clutter free, set your reply settings to “no @ replies”. Replies to you will always show up in your Replies tab.
- To keep up with conversations with mutual friends, set your reply settings to “@ replies only to those I am following” (default setting)
- To follow all conversations and have more potential to find more Twitter friends, set your reply settings to “all @ replies.” (This is the setting I recommend in this post)