Here we go again…
Crazy Winter storms as per NOAA
Predictions say that NYC is due for another one…
Are you in any weather path?
We’re suppose to get 5″…which is not out of the ordinary this time of year. It’s still a pain.
I ran this a while ago and it has been updated since then.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Guy Kawasaki said, “Truth be told, there are only two kinds of Twitter users: those that want more followers and those that lie.” While this statement is controversial,  many people do want more followers on twitter. If you are reading this page, you might be one of them. Here is how you can multiply your follower count.
1. Follow everyone who follows you. It might seem counter-intuitive to do this when you’re focused on gaining followers, but it’s a good practice because:
- People who notice that you didn’t follow them back might unfollow you.
- When you follow back, some people might respond to you publicly, which will give you some added exposure to their followers.
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to keep up with that many people, you’re right. Once you’re following over 100 people, it’ll be pretty much impossible to read all their updates. You’ll become more selective in who/what you read.
2. Follow more people yourself.
- The fastest way to get more followers is to start following more people. A lot of the people you follow will follow you back. So if you follow more people, you’ll get more followers.
- You can also put links to your Twitter profile on your blog, website, Squidoo lenses, facebook page, and any other social networking sites where your fans and friends go.
The services that can help you get more followers include:
3. Regularly unfollow people who haven’t followed you back. This is especially important to avoid follow limits. The first limit you’ll probably hit is when you’ve followed 2,000 people. You won’t be able to follow any more until you have 2,000 followers. As you follow and get followed, it’ll become time-consuming to “clean up” your list (unfollow people who aren’t following you back). There are services that can help you with that:
- Consider creating a different Twitter account. There’s the possibility that by making a concentrated effort to boost your follower numbers, your account might get suspended (for being a spammer). If your main Twitter account is very valuable to you (it’s your full name, a distinct brand, etc.) you might want to create another one to use these techniques with.
- Follow people who follow spammers.
- Wait until a spam follower follows you. Spam followers will have 1,000 + people they are following but only 5 to 150 followers in return.
- Follow everyone who follows the spam follower. Those are likely to be people who autofollow or who are following in return in order to boost their own follow count.
- Use Twitterholic. Pick major cities, states, countries like Chicago or India and follow anyone with who is following over 200 more people than are following them back.
- Follow people who autofollow.
- Follow everyone on the list at SocialNewsWatch in order to get an easy 237 new followers.
- “Some Twitter celebrities” are also likely to follow you back automatically. Like spammers, they’ll be following over a thousand, sometimes tens of thousands of people, but unlike spammers, they’ll have the same number of (or more) followers. You’ll stumble upon such accounts during your Twitter travels (e.g. when they are retweeted by someone you’re following) but you can also do an Internet search for “most popular Twitter accounts” or “popular Tweeters”.
Just because you have a lot of followers doesn’t mean you’ll get a lot of readership or interaction. If you want followers who will actually read, respond to, and retweet your tweets, use these techniques instead of (or in addition to) the ones above. These require more time and effort.
- Make a good avatar. The simplest and most personal way to go is a photograph of your face looking straight into the lens–no funny angles, and nothing else in the photo. Crop it into a square, but don’t shrink it down; you want people to be able to click on it and see the larger version.
- Write a good bio. It’s important that people know who you are and what you’re interested in. Selective followers will read your bio before deciding whether to follow you back.
- Tweet well and tweet often. Selective followers will also glance at your most recent tweets to see if you’re worth following.
- Be interesting, transparent and provocative. Share intimate news about your life. If you can spin a good story, you might get readers addicted to the daily dramas of your everyday life.
- Post interesting links. Find the man bites dog story. Search the web voraciously for a nugget you can spin into a good tweet. Guy Kawasaki, who has over 100,000 followers, goes as far as paying employees to find buzzworthy stories for him to tweet. There are many websites you can scour for prime Tweeting material, such as:
- Post multimedia. Switching things up with pictures, videos, and even sound clips here and there can make your posts more fun to follow.
- Repeat your most popular tweets. Do a search for your Twitter name and observe which of your updates get the most replies and retweets. Then repeat those updates a few times, 8-12 hours apart. You’ll reach more people this way because you’re more likely to catch the attention of people who missed your updates the first time around. People “tune in” to Twitter at various times during the day (and night). If you get complaints about repeated tweets, you might want to slow down, but you probably won’t.
- Ask people to retweet you. Some, perhaps many of your followers might not be familiar with the nature of retweeting. But being retweeted pushes your exposure to the edges of your Twitter network. Simply adding “Please retweet” or “Please RT” to the end of some of your posts here and there (not all the time) can remind your followers that you want them to spread the word for you. Occasionally posting a link to an article on How to Retweet will also help your followers help you.
- Search for tweets with keywords related to your topics of interest. Let’s say you’re a metalhead. Look for people who mention your favorite metal groups. Reply to their tweets and then follow them. Your response will show them that you have something in common, and make it more likely that they’ll follow you back. Better yet, retweet them if the content is good. Not only are you forming connections with other Twitter users, but you’re also bringing good content to your followers.
- Use hashtags. This is another way to connect to people with similar interests. Add hashtags to your tweets, and also create tweets based on hashtags that are popular on Twitter at the time (you can see these as “trending topics” on the right hand side of your Twitter home page).
- Put up “Follow me on Twitter” links on your blog, social networking profiles, wikiHow user page, etc. That way, people who are already interested in what you’re doing have a chance to follow you.
- Follow people who follow people who are like you. If you’re a tarot fanatic, for example, find another tarot fanatic who has many followers. Follow those followers. If it’s clear in your bio and your tweets that you’re a tarot enthusiast, they’re more likely to follow you.
- Make an effort to Keep Your Followers on Twitter. People who actually keep up with the tweets of the people they follow will regularly re-evaluate who they follow, and will unfollow whoever they feel is not worth following anymore.
- Do not send auto DMs as that may result in unfollows.
- Do not unfollow people right after you follow them. Wait at least five days before you unfollow people who don’t follow back. If you do unfollow right away, you will most likely be reported as a spammer and your account will be suspended.
- Twitter has a system that detects quick and massive follows and unfollows. If this system catches you, you may have your tweets stricken from the Twitter search engine.
- Twitter monitors your Follow-To-Follower Ratio. If you are following many more people than are following you, you could be marked as a spammer. It is important for you to clean up your Following-List by unfollowing those who don’t follow you back. Keep your ratio clean.
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Sources and Citations
- ↑ http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/12/how-to-use-twit.html
- ↑ http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/rich-brooks/social-media-strategies-small-business/why-guy-kawasaki-wrong-about-twitter
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html
- ↑ http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/03/24/guy-kawasaki-can-handle-being-called-a-spammer/
- ↑ http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/25/kevin-rose-10-ways-to-increase-your-twitter-followers/
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