It is a wondrous thing to look at the world thru another’s eyes! Over the last 2 months, some of you might have noticed that you get repeated Twitter Following notifications from me in your inbox. I have been secretly conducting a project of my own.
When I find someone interesting on Twitter, I want to know what makes them so interesting. I want to know what influences them and whom they engage with. While this can be creepy to some, in a way, I find the idea fascinating. Imagine getting influenced by the same thoughts and ideas. Now, you can.
Project GoldenEye — I started this 2 months ago. From the people I followed, I chose one person whom I found most interesting. Let’s call that person ‘John Tapia’. Then, I went out and unfollowed everyone on Twitter and followed everyone that John Tapia was following. We followed some people in common, but a vast majority of them were total strangers and yet their ideas and thoughts were refreshing and new. I related to them.
The next month, I followed another John Tapia and it immediately became apparent that he was fond of Indie music. I am not. However, I stuck at it. Now, I can name quite a few Indie bands myself and while I still don’t love the style of music I don’t completely abhor it anymore.
This month, am following another John Tapia and he is into startups and progressive culture (whatever that means). Once again I am absolutely loving the content on the timeline. Some of the people he follows overlap with the people I know, but the overwhelming majority of them are new. The conversations so far have been good.
It is a wondrous thing to look at the world thru another’s eyes!
Update 2: I don’t go out and unfollow/follow people every month anymore. I use the Column setting in Tweetbot for that. Infinitely better. You could also try Twitter’s Custom Timelines feature