Compared to many Twitter users I don’t "follow" many people. They’re mostly people I know in person or who I work with, have worked with, might quite like to work with at some point in the future or who tweet about food 🙂 However, whenever I get a new "follower" in my inbox I often have a pang of guilt at not "following" back. This is daft, I know.
One of the ways Twitter users send messages to each other is by @ing each other… what the hell does that mean you ask… if you don’t use Twitter, turn away now… The thing is, if someone who follows me @’s me, but I don’t follow them, they’re @ing into an @ing great big pit of @soddin’nothingness. I won’t see their @s, I won’t hear their @s and they’ll probably think I’m an @ing rude son of an @bitch. There is, however, a simple workaround.
Go to search.twitter.com. Type in your @ i.e. for me that’d be @noodlepie. Click the search button and see what you’ve got.
Now, if you look down the right hand side of that page you’ll see a "Feed for this query" button. Grab the feed and paste it into your RSS reader and voila, whenever anyone you don’t follow @s you, you will receive an alert in your RSS reader. I think this an @nice middleground for low octane Twitter users like myself