The difference between thinking Twitter is the lamest thing since middle school dances and a great source of information and connections is who you interact with. Of course, real engagement is about much more than just who you follow. It’s about what you link to, when you start discussions, and meeting people offline. But, a follow is the way most Twitter friendships and connections begin. So how do you find the right people to connect with? It’s hard to fit all the possibilities in one article, but here are a few suggestions:
1. Try Birdbrain. Birdbrain is a Klout Labs project that connects with your Facebook account and suggests Twitter users based on your Facebook interests. These people are broken up by Klout Class, so depending on the type of experience you’d like you can choose who to follow. If you want to see a lot of links, follow curators. If you want more conversation try following a socializer, etc.
2. Look at the networks of people you admire. You (hopefully) already have people you like and respect on Twitter. Check out their Twitter streams and see who they’re having conversations with, they might be good connections. You can also take this one step further and look at their Klout profiles to see the people they are influenced by and those they influence.
3. Follow topics you’re interested in. Depending on what you’re interested in, there will generally be certain keywords or hashtags that you can follow. You might have to do a bit of legwork to find the best ones, but then you can find whose talking about those topics and follow the best of the bunch.
4. Find your favorite bloggers. Find the blogs in your area of interest and follow those bloggers on Twitter. Watch out for good guest posts as that’s a great way to expand your network as well.
These are just four ways, but there are obviously many more. How do you find people to follow on Twitter?
Oh and if you’re looking for people to follow, don’t forget @Klout