My Town Tutors believes “Teachers are Great Tutors” and that less is more when it comes to following on twitter.
In terms of following, some accounts join twitter and immediately feel the need to follow anyone and everyone. These accounts develop a poor following-to-follower ratio and are constantly fighting an uphill battle to get back to a 1-to-1 ratio.
We highly discourage this approach.
Follow NO MORE than one account per day. Research the account, understand their goals and their audience and if these are consistent with your philosophy, follow them. Do not be tempted to follow anymore accounts EXCEPT…. solid accounts that follow you.
When people follow you it is perfectly normal and expected to follow back if your accounts compliment each other. HOWEVER, simply because an account follows you, does not mean you have to follow themback. (In some cases, we may even “block” an account that follows us if it is an “adult” account.)
We have 2 experiments to test our hypothesis.
1. @MyTownTutorsNE which is following one account a day for the next year after unfollowing over 500 accounts – EXTREME twitter tip: Unfollow Everyone!
For the next 365 @MyTownTutorsNE will follow one twitter account each day. A great deal of time and thought goes into the selection of which accounts to follow. Click here to see an updated list of  the elite accounts being followed by @MyTownTutorsNE.
2. @MyTownTutorsNW along the same lines, this account will only follow one account a week to establish solid and deep relationships with elite accounts with similar goals. They will start following in August of 2013. The 1st tweet will be on July 4th.
Please follow these accounts to see if our theory works! We would love feedback!