I’m not following a lot of people on Twitter. Up until 3 months ago, I was following something like 40 people. Out of those, maybe 5 identify as women. I’m kinda stuck in a situation where I don’t get to discover great women. I follow men for 90%. Those men follow men. They talk about men and, oh miracle, sometimes, like once a year, about a woman. Twitter is a lens I look at the world through and I feel like it’s always the same people speaking.
In December, I decided to actively seek for more awesome women to follow on Twitter. I thought I had to do the initial effort of following more women and get to a point where my feed is balanced in a way that I hear equally about great women and great men.
Here’s the strategy I’ve used:
- I looked at the women I follow. Found out they follow a lot of women I’ve never heard of.
- Started following those whose descriptions/tweets seemed interesting.
- Reached a point where I follow about as many women as men, with a total of 100 people.
- With this whole new feed, I started hearing about more people than before. That’s great!
- I now sometimes unfollow some of the women I initially artificially added to my feed to replace them with people I’m more interested in.
- Those are not only men anymore! That worked out well!
I now have a way more diverse Twitter feed which points me at more interesting news and projects and which makes me discover more diverse people of every gender.