We all want to increase the number of followers we have on Twitter. Unless you are a celebrity or popular for other reasons besides tweeting, you have to take the slow road to Twitter stardom.
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Here are my top six ways to gain Twitter followers.
1. Tweet Content
People will consider following you if your tweet content is informative, educative, funny or somewhat useful to them. I tend to look at a Twitterer’s stream before I decide to follow them to see if they will give any value.
Twitterers who fill out their bio and explain who they are and what they do gain people’s trust easily. It gives the follower a feeling that they know you already and they can trust you.
3. Be Nice and Human
I find that it’s easier for me to follow twitterers that are warm and friendly. I have had to unfollow a few people because they seemed cold and heartless just from their tweets. People who are all business no fun really don’t impress me.
This is almost similar to 3 above but I wanted to mention it separately. Everyone loves a conversation or argument of some kind. I have silently fallen in love with some tweeter accounts just because the people behind them are constantly talking to other people. Providing value, jokes, inspiration and many other nice things through engagement.
5. Follow Back
This is one way that can surely gain you followers but I am not a fan of. There are lots of people out there that try to follow back as many people as they can. All you have to do is follow them. Whereas this works, I think it diminishes the value of your stream. I like to see tweets that are relevant and informative to me so I never follow people just because they’ve followed me. I have to mention that there are many people who are on Twitter to send out a message but don’t read that many tweets. This is great for those kinds of people.
Everyone loves having their tweet retweeted. If you show people some retweet love, they might show their gratefulness by following you.
Whereas none of these points is a sure way to gain thousands of followers, doing most or all of them is a good start to increasing you follower numbers.
I was wondering what my first post about Twitter would be and my friend David K asked me to start by explaining Twitter.
Wikipedia gives this explanation:
Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access.
It’s a Microblog
Let’s start by saying that Twitter is a blog, a small blog but a blog nonetheless. It is a smaller, more stripped-down version of Facebook. Imagine if all Facebook had were status updates. With Twitter you can only broadcast messages not more than 140 characters long.
Tweets are those messages that one sends out which get displayed in the author’s homepage and also in the time-lines of the people who follow him/her. They can include any kind of information, be it what one is doing, a new blog post, opinions, links to articles, anything.
There’s a follow button on every Twitter profile that is used to ‘follow’ people of interest. On the profile page, Twitter also shows the number of followers one has and the number of people one is following in addition to Name, Location, Website, number of tweets to-date and a short bio also 140 characters long.
Don’t Leave Too Soon
Newbies can easily misunderstand Twitter but if they take time to stick around and understand it, they soon realize that it is quite interesting and beneficial.
So tweet away and don’t forget to follow me here.