Flickr CCI’m reluctant to plug any one set of people on Twitter’s #followfriday only because I’d have to broadcast hundreds of Tweets for all the interesting people and what they do.

Rather than do that, here’s a compendium of #followfriday tips that you can use to find the conversations you want to participate in.

1. Sync up your existing social networks on #followfriday. Try Synchronizing Social Networks Guide for more details.

2. Find people mentioning your URL. Follow them. Here’s an example for this web site.

3. Follow people who recommend you using Twitter search, especially on #followfriday. Example.

4. Follow people local to you so that you can actually meet up for coffee. Here’s an example of people within 5 miles of Boston, MA.

5. Follow people who are following you. Try out SocialOomph.com for this.

6. Follow people in your area talking about your topics. Example using Google.

7. Follow people using very specific industry jargon in your niche. For example, if you were looking for World of Warcraft players, chances are you could look for ICC10, which is short for 10-man Icecrown Citadel, a dungeon.

8. Follow people who reply to you all week long. Example.

9. Follow people who have job titles or bios you’re interested in. Here’s an example of CMOs on Twitter, using Google search.

10. This above all else: follow who you want to follow. There is no right or wrong way to decide who to follow. Follow people who will make your Twitter experience more interesting, more information, more powerful – NOT just who the crowd suggests, because in some cases you have excellent personalities and people talking about things you have no interest in, and you’re just burning time and bandwidth.

Follow who and what interests you. That is the sum of Twitter. Everything else will fall into place.

What are your #followfriday tips?


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