About this blog

  • My day job - I am founder of Battenhall, communications agency for the social media economy.


Subscribe to this blog

  • Subscribe to this site by email or RSS

    This is my personal blog and does not reflect the views of my company or clients.

Blog powered by Typepad


« Three life hacks for 2009 | Main | Jonathan Ross angers the Daily Mail on Twitter »

December 29, 2008


I only follow 200 odd people, at the moment.

Anymore than that and the sheer amount of noise would be horrendous. If i get anyone who is seemingly just spamming or sending out random tweets, i tend to unfollow.

It might be harsh, but i use twitter as a sort of mini google alert for interesting content that will help me to learn something or develop my thinking behind a particular topic - in this case it's social media and PR that i want to learn more about so i follow a smaller number of people who will help me to do just that!

Hi Matt. Snap, I follow just over 300. I unfollow anyone too noisy, and cut back if I go subscribe to too many new faces, as the volume from 300 is just right for me.

And I also use Twitter as a news feed. In the morning when few people are still asleep and I'm travelling into work Twitter is full of news feeds.

I follow 282 at the moment. I find it fine - as my way of using Twitter is to dip in and out as the mood takes me.

I love it, but sometimes - like this Christmas - i've wandered off for a bit...

Scoble's Scoble. What he said sounds silly to me. But then I'm not him - maybe it genuinely does work like that for him. His experience is so removed from a useful reference point for me that I'm not that interested.

For a few people it's always about the numbers, and often the wrong numbers at that. It's a game.

There's not one way to use Twitter or any of these social tools - but very often link-baity debates like these try to reduce discussions to binary right/wrong discussions.

I'm allergic to them these days and tend to veer off into my feeds looking for something actually useful to read.

Happy New Year, Drew - after four (?!) years your blog is still on my "must-read" list. Hats off to you, sir...

Hi Drew, i found myself in long queues in the sales on Oxford street yesterday and was using twitter to keep abreast of what was going on in the world - much more concise than BBC RSS feeds and far gentler on the data charges too!

Wow. I only follow 70ish and find that gets "noisy" at times.

Maybe I need to review who I follow and why.

Scoble is as Scoble does.


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)