Finding out who you should follow is easy. There are so many people and brands using Twitter, and with an no limit to the number of people you can follow, you can make sure to keep up-to-date with all you favourite brands, celebrities, athletes, news sources, and friends.
We’ve mentioned the Discover button on your header in our Twitter Homepage article, but now it’s time to show you an in-depth look at how it works and how to use it.
Finding People to Follow
- After going to www.twitter.com in your web browser and logging in, click the Discover button in the top-right corner.
- You’ll be taken to a page that includes a Twitter feed of people you aren’t currently following, but whom Twitter recommends for you. This way, you can see the types of tweets these people and brands are putting out and you can decide whether you like what they have to say.
- On the left-hand menu, click Who to Follow to find a more extensive list of people and brands that you can browse through.
- These recommendations are based off of websites you’ve visited, along with recommendations based on people whom you already follow. You’ll see their name, their Twitter handle (for example, @BarackObama), their short biography, and which of your friends is following them. If you want to follow them, click the Follow button next to their name.
- There’s also a search bar at the top. Click in it, then type in a friend’s name, a word, or a phrase, and then press the “Enter” key on your keyboard. If you’re already following someone in the search results, the white Follow button will appear as a blue Following button.
- Want to add more contacts from your email list? Have another email list you’d like Twitter to search for Twitter users? No problem. You can always click Find Friends to search through all of your email contacts to see which of your friends or co-workers has a Twitter account.
For more information on finding friends via email, take a look at our Twitter Profiles tutorial.
- You can also click Popular Accounts to see the most followed accounts, organized by genre.
Who to Follow Settings
When you’re on the “Who to Follow” page, you may have noticed the settings icon, similar to the one in the top right that was talked about in our Twitter Privacy tutorial previously. Click it to see some options.
Tweet To – Lets you send a tweet directly to the user. This tweet is not a direct message and will be public.
Add or Remove From Lists – Lists are a way to keep the people you’re following organized to your liking. Select this to add them to a list, or if they’re already in a list of yours, remove them. Check out the Twitter Lists article to learn more about lists.
Mute – If you don’t want to see tweets from this person, you can click here to mute them. You’ll still be able to search for them and follow them, and you can unmute them at any time.
Block or Report – You can choose to block or report someone on Twitter. Reporting someone means that they have done something to you or someone else – cyber-bullying for example – and Twitter will investigate and take appropriate action, such as banning that account. Blocking someone means they won’t be able to follow you, you won’t be able to see their tweets, and they won’t be able to tag you in photos. You can unblock someone at any time.
How to Unfollow
Sometimes your interests change, or you just want to minimize the amount of people you’re following. Whatever the reason, it’s just as easy to unfollow someone as it is to follow him or her.
As said above, when you see someone you’re following, the white Follow button turns into a blue Following button. To unfollow someone, move your mouse cursor over the Following button and it will change to a red Unfollow button. Click it and you’re done!
And that’s a quick rundown of how to find, follow, and unfollow people on Twitter!