Finding people to follow on Twitter can be a bit daunting at first. There are so many different directories and tools it can take you forever to get to know them all. So, here’s a few of my favourite tools, and a couple of tips on how to make the most of them.

Tip 1: use Twitter Search Engines & Directories

Like I say, there are loads of them. The ones below work really well because they allow you to find people based on the keywords they use in their profiles and or tweets. This is a great way to find people in your area of interest.

These are my favourites for getting the job done:

  • Twitter Search (advanced) - Let’s you search on keywords in tweets
  • TweepGuide – Let’s you search on the keywords inside people’s profiles
  • Twellow –  Twitters Yellow Pages. Search within’ the extensive category listings.

(If you want to see some more directories and tips, check out the posts “10 Ways to Find People on Twitter” on Mashable and “14 Twitter directories to find new friends” on CNet.)

Tip 2: follow other people’s followers

This is really one of the most effective ways to find quality followers. Once you have found an initial bunch of people to follow and you see that they share your areas of interest, check out their followers. Cherry pick, and follow the ones that are most interesting.

Tip 3: find ‘lists’ to follow

Pay attention to ‘lists’. Some Twitter users have build up impressive lists of Twitter users within a certain field of interest. You can start following the people on these lists. It’s also worth searching on Listorious: a Twitter List Search Directory.

Alrighty, that should get you going for now. Any main directories or tips I have missed? What are your favourites?

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