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Find People to Follow on Twitter

Twitter is rolling out a new feature today called “Suggestions for You.” The aim is simple: to help you find and connect with more people who share your interests. The algorithms being used will suggest people that you may find you have something in common with. The suggestions are based on several factors including those you already follow… and the people they, in turn, follow.

Twitter is trying to make it simple. Your suggestions will show up on the main page, as well as in the Find People section. You can choose to follow them with just one click, or ignore the suggestion completely. If you ignore it, the algorithm promises to try not to suggest that user again. I’m actually glad they don’t guarantee it – nothing is perfect. I’d rather be told the truth, thanks much.

You’ll also see recommendations each time you view someone’s profile. Twitter feels that if you’re interested in the person whose page you’re checking out, you may just be interested in the other accounts, as well.

The service states that all of the features will be available for developer use. They’ll be launching an API soon so that third parties can provide the same types of suggestion features in their desktop, mobile and web applications.

All of this is geared towards helping you to connect with a wider audience. As stated on their blog: “Now, go find somebody new to follow. You never know what you might discover.”

Do You Follow the Right People on Twitter?

Finally, a service has emerged that will help us manage who we follow on Twitter more effectively. ManageTwitter lets you know which of the Twitter users you follow aren’t following you back, who is inactive, who is talking too much, and who is not. All of these are excellent ways to help you decide if each person is really someone you want to spend your time following or not.

Unfollowing a user is as easy as selecting their name and clicking the “unfollow” button. Best of all, you can unfollow several people at once! Hovering the mouse over any user will give you more information about them, including how often they tweet every day. You can also sort the various ManageTwitter fields into categories, such as by name or location.

There are a ton of services out there to tell you who you should follow on Twitter. There are services – and clients – that will help you manage your Twitter stream. There are even applications that will help you search for others you may be interested in getting to know. But until now, there wasn’t a single thing out there to help you learn who NOT to follow.

Knowing which noise to keep out of your stream is just as important as the things you DO read. Why bother cluttering your mind up with useless information or by reading inane comments written by those who don’t add anything of value to your life? Toxic people and relationships should also be avoided on social networks, just as in real life encounters.

It’s all about who you surround yourself with – even on Twitter. Your total number of followers honestly doesn’t matter all that much, people. The quality of your followers counts for everything. Period.

Thanks to ManageTwitter, I have a feeling the list of people I follow may be shrinking in the very near future.