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  1. Yes. Yes. Yes.
    Once again, thank you, John, for challenging me and others in education. I found myself wanting those followers, but now I feel more responsible about what I tweet because I have a few. I like to follow those with few followers, and encourage them to swim in the stream. I unfollow when a person's tweets are no longer relevant to my profession, or when I find I'm frustrated at many things the person tweets. My mental health is valuable to me - I'm good at being challenged at times, but there are other things that can get my goat. I feel mean when I unfollow, but sometimes it's necessary.

    It's time to write my own post about Twitter and how it's affected me this year. Thanks for that extra boost I was looking for that will have me getting out the laptop...

    Cheers! -Joy

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    1. I'm with you on the whole unfollowing if it gets too personal or disrespectful.

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  2. #5 is perfect. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't just create lists. P e ople who make big announcements about un-following remind me of livejournal 10 years ago when those people would make dramatic "I'm trimming my friends list" posts.

    I follow, I unfollow, I become a fan, I share ... I even hate read. All for different reasons.

    Although maybe I should make a dramatic video that tells people why I'm unfollowing. I could be the John Taylor Gatto of Twitter.

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    1. Love the John Taylor Gatto reference.

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  3. I follow back if something in their recent tweets catches my eye, four square counts against. (Sorry.) But the most likely thong to get me to follow is a conversation. People who are willing to tweet back and forth are almost always worth a follow.

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    1. Four Square drives me crazy. Then again, my memes drive others crazy, so go figure.

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  4. I agree with your ideas. Following back is a basic courtesy and is really helpful for people who are beginning to use Twitter. I must admit that I don't follow eggs.

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    1. I agree on following eggs. Though I admit that some of the eggs are just people who haven't figured it out yet. I'm wondering what it would look like to help eggs become people.

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  5. I recall you mentioning your follow back approach before, John, and respected you a lot for that. How we manage all this is interesting. Our management of it can also limit us, I think. We can often base the follow back decision on the bio, or the role or what they are tweeting, etc. Sometimes I have found that after I follow someone, it is the conversations that I catch between them and others who I already follow that have been valuable. I would not have caught those @ exchanges, had I not followed that person.

    I am using lists more too. If I don't follow someone back right away I will often add them to a list based on geography and/or topic as well... and I try to spend time in those lists to keep in touch or engage further that way.

    I often wait a bit before following back... the person may decide that they don't care for my tweets...so unfollowing for them may be less awkward if I haven't followed back yet :)

    #metatwitter .. simple and complex

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    1. I sometimes wonder what I miss when I don't follow back corporations. I want to interact with people. And yet . . . what am I missing in the process?

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    2. hmm.. maybe some info, but maybe not much if they aren't sharing the work of others. If they unfollow you for not following back...it is clear they weren't interested in 2 way learning or conversation.

      Just thought I would mention that there are a number of educators who I don't follow, but yet I am very familiar with their work because their tweets and blogs get shared frequently by those who I do follow, or I read their comments on blogs I do follow.

      It is interesting to compare how my teens use Twitter...kind of like as Twitter has promoted "follow your interests". Things are what they are, I guess.

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