Let me ask you a question. On Twitter, which of these is more important to you: getting a reply from somebody, or having them follow you back?
Most people would go with the latter, but it’s fundamentally wrong. And here’s why. Twitter is an open, public network. The reply mechanism works just as well whether I’m following you, you’re following me, or neither of us are following each other. A reciprocal follow is just a +1. Nothing more. The follow doesn’t make a lick of difference to the quality of the relationship.
Indeed, a follow, in and of itself, is essentially worthless.