Someone raised a very good question on the Google Groups listserv for 23 Things Kansas this weekend as to why searching by username through the “Find People” feature on Twitter wasn’t working. Here’s my response:
I’m not sure why that doesn’t work. I did a quick Google search, and found out this from Twitter help:
As late as 02/08/10 – “We are still in the process of improving our Find People search. We hope to release these improvements soon.”
Update 3/2: Twitter supposedly will have the Find People feature fixed this week. Here’s a screenshot of the information. (thanks @Twitter_Tips for the tip!)
Instead, to add people that I already have Twitter usernames for, I just go directly to people’s timelines to click the follow button there. (Here’s my timeline, for example.). Here’s some more information on how to find people to follow on Twitter.
I’ll admit, I have never used the Find People on Twitter function. Instead, as I started following people when I began my Twitter account three years ago, I’d look at other people’s followers’ lists and who they were “talking to” (@ replies) and who they were retweeting information from. If someone looked interesting, had the same interests as me, or posted helpful information, I’d follow them. I also look at people’s lists. Remember, I linked to several lists in the Twitter lesson that I had set up of different librarians and other topic areas. Let me know if you have more questions about this.
Hope these tips help!