Let me start by saying I'm a Twitter fan, and think we've only begun to scratch the surface of it's potential.
That said, as my Twitter base grows and I politely try to follow back the majority of people that for some reason have decided to follow me, I've run into a frustrating situation.
I'm following close to 1000 people and it's beginning to feel very disconnected, like we're all talking at each other.
This is no doubt mostly my fault as I don't spend a ton of time on Twitter. I used to use Twhirl, but found the constant update of Twitter stream far too distracting. I could lose large chunks of my day following all the fascinating tweets and links to even more interesting articles. So now I limit my Twitter visits to the occasional drop in, usually at beginning, mid and end of day.
And what I find is that I'm missing all the good stuff, which is buried in the clutter of thousands of tweets. So much so that if I want to see what different people I'm interested in are tweeting about, I have to go look them up.
I haven't actively added people in a long time, but am finding that around 10-15 people a day are somehow finding their way to me and I do have an auto-follow set up, which is hugely helpful.
So my question is how do the rest of you manage your Twitter flow? I'd love any suggestions to streamline things and make sure I'm seeing my favorite tweeters.