When you first get on Twitter, it can be quite the challenge figuring out where to begin. How do you even determine who the key people are? On the other hand, it is more than likely that you’ll have at least an idea of a broader topic you’re interested in. That’s where WeFollow (wefollow.com) enters the picture.
The website serves as a directory that compiles popular Twitter users and sorts them into categories including celebrity, news, tech, television, etc.—even top twitter users. Within each topic, WeFollow lets you sort users in one of two ways: most influential or most followers. Once you identify a theme you’re interested in, follow away. It’s entirely kosher in Twitter etiquette to follow people whom you don’t know personally, and WeFollow is an extremely useful tool to get you started on generating a Twitter feed.
Once you’ve followed enough people, it inevitably becomes necessary to sort Twitterers into lists for easier management. Formulists (formulists.com) is a gem of a web app that helps you auto-create these lists, organizes Twitterers you follow using criteria you define, and periodically updates them. It can even help you track your followers’ moves and act as a discovery tool to help you expand your network.
This is how it works: Link your Twitter account to Formulists, and the web app asks you if you would rather organize your network, expand it, track your followers and competitors, or strengthen social ties. For each Twitter goal, Formulists provides suggestions for stock lists—automatically creating the ones you choose. You can create lists filtering Tweeps by location, bio, or how often they tweet; create a list to discover Twitterers like you or someone that you like; or track who recently followed or unfollowed you and who isn’t following you. You’ll be impressed by how powerful and flexible this tool can be.
Let’s say you’ve filled out your Twitter with an impressive number of individuals you’re following. Congratulations. Except, well, now you’ve got the creeping suspicion that you’ve been a little too trigger-happy with that Follow button. Don’t worry, there’s a way to fix that.
We recommend a web app called ManageFlitter to help with this quandary. ManageFlitter connects with Twitter and sorts users it finds in your account into handy categories, so you can get an idea of which Twitterers would be the best candidates to unfollow. For instance, you can see all the Twitter users you follow who don’t follow you back, who has been most inactive on their account, who is quiet, who is talkative—it even creates a grouping of which users don’t have a profile image up. After you’ve identified the contacts you wish to nix from your list, follow these steps to unfollow for each one: