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  • http://earlvontapia.com Earl Von Tapia

    Hey Jeff, great article.

    I have to say I enjoy your tweets because you share a lot of great things. I will also say that I don’t follow you on Twitter.

    So how do I see your tweets? Because I have you on a list.

    For me, I reserve my “follow” for close personal friends or contacts. Just because I don’t follow someone, it does not mean that I don’t like their tweets. In fact, the more people I follow, the more tweets I don’t see because my home feed just gets flooded with tweets.

    I use Hootsuite to manage the Tweeps I want to track. I create a different feed for each different list, which means each feed is focused on a specific topic (social media, sports, news, locals, etc.). It’s a more efficient way of trawling all of the information I get through Twitter.

    I guess my point is that by reserving my “follow”, it means more when I do use it, rather than following someone just because they follow me.

    Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m doing Twitter correctly, it just means that I’m doing it my way.

    Anyways, keep up the great work. I’m going to try and start another account using the methods you’ve described above, with one catch: I’m going to see how far I can take it without following too many people. We’ll see how it turns out.

    @EarlVonTapia

  • http://www.pagefoor.com Amanda Foor

    Interesting post – here’s my two cents.

    I hate auto-followers, and I hate auto-tweets. I think they’re both highly impersonal. While they might be great time savers for people with large networks, I just don’t see how they can lead to meaningful relationships. I personally have found the automatic tweeting to be redundant. I’m a huge fan of your blog and your content, and I understand not everyone has read it for as long, but it’s annoying to have old posts retweeted over and over again. Instead, I’m looking for new, compelling content from the people I choose to follow.

    Anyway, it’s great if the strategy has worked for you and your personal branding. But would I recommend people follow suit? Not necessarily.

  • http://www.EndingTheGrind.com Steve Roy

    Jeff,
    I’ve just recently found you on Twitter and must say that you have a lot of great insights. Being new to Twitter, I especially enjoy your articles about it. You’ve got me as a loyal reader going forward.

  • http://thomasjarmitage.com Thomas J. Armitage

    I also agree and will not follow those who do not follow me. Social media is 2-way communication, hence the word ‘social.’

    On the other hand, I am not a fan of the auto-DM, def makes it impersonal.

    Great post though! Love love love Tweepi!

    Best,
    Tom
    @thomasjarmitage

  • http://twitter.com/sealeyd David Sealey

    Interesting post Jeff. Be interested to know if you ever used TweetAdder and find out what you thought of the experience. Automated tools have a bad press for spamming but my experience is that they’re just a great productivity tool.

    David

  • http://blogginggenius.net Pete Carr

    Hi Jeff,
    Twitter has just started to really feature in my life. It is a great place to get new subscribers sorry followers. Tweet your blog content, competitions etc. Also tweet other bloggers posts. (which I will be doing in a minute).
    I never really accepted twitter as a means of traffic, I have now, visitors to my blog, and also a seemingly endless supply of blogs for me to visit.
    Pete

  • http://hubshout.com Adam

    This is what I’ve been waiting to see. SOOOOO many people have been talking about this ‘up-and-coming’ social-based search for years. I have been interested, but in more of a “show me” mindset as I have need any hard data to suggest the major search engines have really shifted their algo’s. I know this stuff is all exciting and new, but the SE’s are accountable to their shareholders. They will not make a significant move unless is helps their quarterly earnings. I’m still not convinced that they’ve convinced themselves – but it’s good to read this post and see the possible changes in the algo’s discussed in more concrete terms… I agree with most: It’s coming. But that could take many many years to arrive.

  • http://www.CyberDivaVA.com Ana Lucia Novak

    Great blog Jeff. I have a list of Twitter tools which I use to either clean up followers and also follow quality people on twitter (for me and my clients). It’s a time commitment which I do on a weekly basis.
    I also follow lists then follow people from those lists (people I like reading their tweets and hope to connect)
    Tweepi is my favorite tool to flush out followers (who are non active)
    My other lists include:
    Twellow, Twellowhood (to target local followers)
    WeFollow
    Tweeple
    Friendorfollow (per @LissaDuty)
    ReFollow
    and more…

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  • http://www.experiate.net Paul Flanigan

    Hi Jeff. Solid insight. What’s valuable to note here is that it will not happen overnight. We see these accounts where someone (or something) has been online for only a few days and already has 10,000 followers. It may make us wonder what we’re doing wrong, but I have yet to see a number of people stop following me for any reason – the followers I’m building is slow and steady, and will stay with me for a long time.

  • ae_tae3

    follow me @ae_tae3 i follow back

  • Dianaflier

    Hi Jeff,

    I’ve only been actively using Twitter for the last month and have learned so much from your articles. Have also just used Tweepi. Great tool – thanks.

  • Dianaflier

    Hi Jeff,

    I’ve only been actively using Twitter for the last month and have learned so much from your articles. Have also just used Tweepi. Great tool – thanks.

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  • http://www.peerpressurefacts.org Peer Pressure Facts

    Great article.  I would like more followers.  Mainly to get my messages out.

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  • http://www.digitalcupcake.net Digital Cupcake

    Thanks so much for the brilliant tips. Have just over 200 followers at the moment, hopefully more in the near future with your tips! Blogging isn’t an easy journey I’m finding; however much rewarding and it really helps to find someone like you to guide me through!
    Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    Great advice, Jeff! This is one of the main reasons why I enjoy reading your posts via Twitter. Awesome food for thought! Blessings…

  • http://www.freshwebseo.com/ Ryan

    That was a good read. 
    I haven’t used a service to maintain a twitter following, but we are just building it up now as we go.
    Thanks for the post!

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  • http://www.sminso.com/ Sminso

    Great read!  I started my Twitter account a few days ago, already have 25 followers!

  • http://kattate.com/ Kat

    Great tips and insights, thanks Jeff! I’ll be sure to check out some of those handy tools.

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  • http://twitter.com/davysstweetbox devinder

    You have written an awesome headline consumed 1000 of words but said only one thing “Do Follow a lot of people with the expectation of following back” that’s it. Everyone here I am announcing , follow me, i’ll follow you back. @davysstweetbox

  • http://facebook.com/pages/Mind-Your-Own-Body-LLC/119097894811058 Kevin M. Norris

    Thanks Jeff! Very useful and you answered my question that I DM’d you about on Twitter.

  • Dan Galante

    Great article!

  • FayeHyslop

    Great article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/judeus Judeus Samson

    Good tips, but my only issue is the genuineness of the followers you have on twitter. What good are they if they are just seeking followers and not seeking to engage in conversation? Thanks for the tips though. I will consider them

  • sambredl

    I agree! It’s so important to have your real name as your twitter name and on all the other social media plattforms.

    I recently had to find that out the hard way when I tried to change my Youtube Channel Name that I set up back in 2007. Back then the name was cool and funny. As I wanted to change my url now, I had to delete my account and set up a new one. This was not so much fun since I had to save all my videos and playlists first.

    So the best thing is to use your real name for your social media profiles from the start ;)

  • http://www.whole-seo.com Rebekah

    It’s pretty easy to have thousands of followers when you follow thousands of people, it’s just the way it works. Just follow who you are interested in, don’t concentrate on numbers. Having thousands of followers wont get you anywhere if most people are autofollow or bots. Following people just because they have a certain keyword in their profile, doesn’t mean they are an interesting person to follow either. Plus it is pretty obvious how most people with insane amounts of followers got them when you look at how many people they are following.

  • @recruitbuddyuk

    Great article, very informative and great tips to gain a bigger audience for your twitter page!

  • http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/ Becca

    I am not auto-following anyone. This is not the point of twitter and you may have a lot of followers, but how many actually give a crap what you say, and how many are just auto-following you because you followed them? Quantity means jack without quality.

  • irkitated

    I have around 5000 followers on Twitter and have now started blogging at http://www.irkitated.blogspot.com.au with the hope of using my personal Twitter to boost my new blog Twitter account @irkitated. Turns out i had forgotten how hard it is to get started on Twitter and its tough to get the initial boost but hopefully ill get there soon!!

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  • Joseph Della Mora

    Interesting article. I am just shy of the 2000 mark on my personal account @jdellamora. I try to distinguish a difference between gaining quantity vs quality. I target people who are interested in #entrepreneur #motivation #socialmedia who are also near me geographically. That way, I have a higher follow-back ratio and the followers are relevant to my topics.