Finding Quality Followers on Twitter

There’s been a lot of buzz on Twitter about an app called TwitterGetter that promises they’ll generate over 15,000 followers in 30 days. The idea with this app  is simple; you retweet the message you get when you sign up and you automatically start following the last 6 people who tweeted the same message. When people click on the link in the tweet they add you to their list of people to follow and so on. Kind of like a virtual chain letter.

So what’s wrong with that? Well, two things in my book.

1. You’re giving somebody your user name and password for Twitter and letting them use it in your name. Yes, other apps do this too, but they don’t use it (we hope) to sign you up for something without your permission or start you following people you don’t know or have any relation to.

2. It builds a totally random follower list that is made up mostly of people who are trying to build a big list of followers.

What’s wrong with list building?

List building is not not relationship building. Now you have to go view your new followers and find out something about each, decide how/when/why to converse with them and start discussion. Why not just do that in the first place? Do a Twitter search for your areas of interest. Check out TwitterPacks in particular niches. Use  MrTweet to recommend people to follow based on your activity. Look for Tweeple in your city on chirpcity.com, which lists top tweeters talking about or mentioning your city in their bio.

The latest addition to tools to find good followers is twibs. The site lists businesses participating on Twitter in a searchable interface that makes it easy to see who’s there, get an RSS feed for your query or tweet it to Twitter. With over 3700 tags to search with, you’re sure to find the niche you’re looking for and find even more interesting people to talk to. Check it out, and make sure your company is on there too. It’s good for SEO as well as for finding new followers.

Finding new people to follow and creating those relationships is a lot of work, but doing it relationship by relationship is much more rewarding than broadcasting to a randomly created network. In the end you’ll find your conversations more valuable and the spam and worthless “noise” tweets to be reduced.

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  • Hi Janet. Thanks for the mention about ChirpCity 🙂

  • You're welcome Roberto, , I appreciate being able to search by city, especially when I'm going to be traveling or looking for local biz.

  • Esme

    I do not understand why people would want to ramp up their numbers of followers with no regard to who they are or how they will relate to them. It is just spam building not relationship building.

  • Relationship building is key! But a lot of people don't have the patience to spend the time to gain quality followers who will eventually start to do the hard work for them.

    I am noticing sort of a para dime shift with twitter which is really great. It comes full circle to where quality content will trump everything else.

    But still too many are too egoist about having the inflated numbers that mean absolutely nothing in the long run…
    How much longer do you think it will be until crappy businesses realize that they should not be on the internet?

  • The lazy businesses will never go away but they won't stay in social media because it's too much work! Either that or they'll automate it which will be as easy to tune out as a banner ad.

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