My suggestions on how to increase your twitter presence

I’ve had a couple friends over the past few months ask me how I have grown my twitter account to have over 3,500 followers.  Let me start by saying I’m no expert, but I will give suggestions based on my experience on how to grow an  individuals twitter presence in general, if that is your objective at this time on Twitter, based on what worked for me.  These are in no way the only methods and some people can be less aggressive based on their objectives and content. If you are a Joe Blow random guy these are sure fire ways to increase your followers.
First of all, content is everything.  Some people will tell you that consistency is everything, but I argue that diversity of content is what is important.  Within that diversity of content you need to make sure that what you post is entertaining, welcoming to interaction and appealing to a wide variety  of people. Post about:
  • Hot topics like what’s in the media or live tweet during a popular television show like the xFactor using the # that they provide.  Almost all popular shows have a specific # in the bottom corner of the television screen during their broadcast.
  • Post tweets and postings that let your followers get to know you, or the you that you want them to know.  Be transparent and out there.  The more out there you are the more you will attract and intrigue followers.  Don’t be shy to say you’re drunk.  Don’t be boring.  Have fun with it.
  • Post questions or things that will get your followers to engage with you.  When they do engage by answering a question or asking one of you or simply giving opinions to you, respond!  Always respond.
  • Use hashtags in your postings.  This is something I am not great at, but it is helpful to use hashtags.

Second of all, remember you aren’t famous.  I don’t care if you have 500 followers, 1,000 followers or 5,000 followers, you are just a person on Twitter.  Follow people back when they follow you if your intent is to increase followers in general.  You can be some what reserved of course, but if there isn’t a good reason to not follow someone back then go ahead and follow them back (I try to not follow female porn people back… not my thing).  Be polite and engaging.  Cher responds to random tweets, so can you.  No one is too cool for school.

Additionally, you aren’t famous so why are you following 100 people but have 600 followers?  Twitter, for me, is about respect, appreciation and participation.  Follower your followers people.  I can’t stress the importance of that.  I often won’t follow someone who is not famous if they are not following a majority of their followers back.

Thirdly, take part in Follow Friday and things of that nature.  This includes #FF #SO #HHD #FollowFriday.  You should both respond to tweets of this nature when you are included and post your own recommendations.  (Follow Friday and the related hashtags I mentioned earlier in this paragraph are used by twitter users to recommend people they think their followers would like to follow).

It’s my personal belief when you are below 1,000 followers you should be hyper-engaging on this bullet point.  When someone includes you on a #FF I suggest clicking reply typing Thank you #NowFollowing > and then including the others in that tweet.  Right before or after replying with this you should follow all the other twitter profiles included in the tweet.  If you don’t want to follow everyone in the tweet for one reason or another just delete the person you don’t want to follow.  This will both show thanks to the person who tweeted you and will send a reminder to those you followed to follow you back.

You should also make your own recommendations on Follow Friday.  Every Friday you should send out at least one #FF tweet.  My suggestion is to include more than your real life friends.  An easy way to select who to include is to use a website like followfridayhelper.com.  When I use this website I use it to send out follow Friday’s to all those who have tweeted me in the past 5 days sorting by most recent mentions.

Fourth, don’t be afraid to be following more people than follows you in the beginning.  Once you have 500 to a 1,000 followers I suggest you start to tip the scale back to a 50/50 split.  You can do this by using a website like who.unfollowed.me.  This website is amazing in my opinion.  It allows you to see a few different lists from your twitter account.  The two that are of most important in my eyes includes “who unfollowed me” and “who is not following me back”.  When you reach your 500 to 1,000 followers don’t hesitate to go to this website and unfollow those people who have unfollowed you recently or who are not following you back, but be sure to give people two or three weeks to follow you back before you unfollow them.  My view is that it’s best to be within 200 followers of the number of people you are following (whether that be you following 200 more or less than are following you).  This allows for you to be following celebrities, television shows and companies that won’t be following you back.

Five, ask for help.  I have many friends ask me to send them a follow Friday, to tweet them regularly if I can and to engage with them on Twitter.  They ask me because they know it can help them increase their twitter followers.  It doesn’t hurt to ask.  The worst someone can say is no.  They won’t send out a #FF for you.  If they don’t then they are a douche bag and it doesn’t matter anyways. When I first joined twitter I asked for help.  Actually I remember asking my friends what #FF meant.  Everyone gladly taught me, included me on their follow Friday’s and I have grown from there.

Six, remember social media (TWITTER) is just a thing online and not real life.  Don’t take it too seriously.  Have fun with it and remember the motto live and let live.

Seven, if you have a book, cause, company or anything of that nature you want to promote from an individuals twitter profile remember to be strategic.  Tweet regularly and often about the thing you want to promote but make sure for every 1 tweet about the thing you are promoting you have 5 tweets not directly promoting that thing.  Those 5 tweets can include tweets in response to someone else tweet to you about he thing you are promoting, but you don’t want your twitter profile to be an infomercial.  That will just turn people off.  Mix it up while promoting whatever it is you want to promote.
Eight, tweet constantly.  Twitter is a second by second and you need to be there as much as possible.
Hope that helps!