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  • Brian

    Ultra-basic naive Twitter question…

    What’s the point of anyone following more people than they can read the posts from? Yes, I get the part about following people so that they automatically follow me but why should I care if someone who is following 1000 people now also follows me as number 1001?
    The chances of them even seeing my tweets among all the others they see are almost zero. Of course I could send out the same tweet every hour to increase my odds of being noticed but with everyone else doing the same thing I would just be contributing to the noise.
    What am I missing? How does all the noise help anyone?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      The web is full of big data and a lot of noise. Many people use tools like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to filter the noise.
      There are alos tools to automate tweets.
      It also depends on why you want to use Twitter. If its for personal use then the tactics I have described here are irrelevant.
      This is one tactic among many to become visible as a business and brand.

      • http://twitter.com/AdrijusG Adrijus Guscia

        I guess it can work just purely because of shitload of volume once you show yourself to like 20k people, maybe then you will get some of them to be real followers.

        Of these kind of people I follow back maybe 1 in 15-20. All of them look shitty. I do a test of tweeting them and thanking for follow. None of them respond so they waste a chance to get me as a real follower.

        Also, usually, when technique like this gets shared, it’s late in the game and it’s not as effective as it was.

    • http://twitter.com/AllanGaddi Allan Gaddi

      I follow hundreds of people. I notice that my eyes lock on to a few people when I scan and ignore the rest. The goal is to make people look for you. Hope that helps.

  • Vygintas Varnas

    Well, I had read this post and it’s great, the idea about twitter is great.
    But traffic to my blog from twitter is going pretty damn slow even with 550~ followers, but this tactic could get me 100k followers, so maybe then traffic would be bigger.

    I am only one month into blogging so I hope, this tactic is good enough for me.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Blogging requires patience and persistence. So keep building the content and the tribe and keep me updated.

      • Vygintas Varnas

        As a motivational blog writer I can’t give up :-)

        Using tweepi, can suspend your twitter account due to aggressive following. So using tweepi needs to be gentle :-)

        • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

          Tweepi does that for you to ensure that you don’t get suspended.

  • http://twitter.com/Jerry_D_Ross Jerry D Ross

    Jeff,
    I like the straightforward way you explain how to use Tweepi to grow your followers. I have been working to grow my twitter followers as well and this makes since the way you explained it. I’ll be putting it to practice.
    Thanks!
    Jerry

  • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

    I don’t know, Jeff. I appreciate the honest, straight forward approach, but it just strikes me as incredibly insincere. Following people just to get them to follow you back (or continue following back) may be cool for some, but it just bugs me.

    Something to consider is the negative impact of this. Whenever someone follows me who follows thousands of people, I skip them. I know they don’t care about my content. I know it’s an insincere gesture in an attempt to get me to follow back. I know that if I don’t follow back, they’ll soon unfollow since their strategy didn’t work.

    These profiles all look the same to me. Social media guru. Staged photo. Lots of hash tags. Following thousands of people. Not much substance. As a result, they look shallow, artificial and self-consumed.

    So, yeah, you may increase your follow count significantly. But you may also fail to get people who’d be your biggest advocates because they don’t want to follow someone who will ignore them.

    Additionally, I know there’s a strategy out there of following the people who follow the most. Everyone inflates numbers as a result, but it’s artificial. So I have to question the quality of such quantity.

    Sure, I’m a marketer, too. But I can’t bring myself to become that kind of marketer.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      This is telling you exactly as I experienced it and what has worked for me.
      It doesn’t get any more sincere than that.
      We all have to pursue marketing, blogging and social media in ways that we are comfortable with.
      We are all different.
      That is what makes this planet of humanity rich and vibrant.
      You can apply what I have revealed or you do something else and that is great.
      Jeff

    • http://www.varoonix.net/ Jeremy Brown

      Good points Jon, but I think where a lot of people fail when using these types of tools is not engaging. they get so fixated on the numbers they forget the most important thing when using social.

      Being a human-freakin-being.

      For example, If I was using tweepi (I’ve used tools like followerwonk) to find qualified accounts I’d follow those people, but instead of worrying about the follow back, I’d engage each and every one of those people.

      They’re qualified for a reason, so you have things in common already. It shouldn’t be that hard to create an emotional bond.

      More often then not after chatting with a person they’ll eventually follow you back anyways.

      But I hear what you’re saying. I hate when I get those accounts that blatantly want the follow back. Worst of all, they don’t even attempt to create a relationship that would make me want to follow them.

      Use the tools for what they are…tools. But don’t forget the #1 thing. Connect.

      • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

        That’s right, Jeremy! Maybe I’m wrong to assume that everyone who uses these tools are doing so for the wrong reasons. But I think it’s safe to say most are.

        The fact that getting banned and being within Twitter’s guidelines keep coming up has to tell you something here. It just doesn’t feel right.

        I compare it to black hat SEO. Back in the day, everyone who was anyone practiced it. It felt wrong, but people said you had to do it to succeed. It was a shortcut that seemed to pay off. Now those people are getting burned.

        This feels like a shortcut to me. Will people get burned? I don’t know. But I’ll keep taking the slow and steady route.

      • http://twitter.com/AllanGaddi Allan Gaddi

        From my point of view, this method gives you an opening or a way to get noticed. When you get the following/tribe, it’s up to you to keep them.

        I follow a lot of social media experts but I always seem to end up here. Content really is king.

      • http://twitter.com/EbenloPROMO Ebenlo PainterOfSong

        Great point Jeremy, and I don’t respond to a single DM that isn’t personalized, even if they acknowledge me as “hun,” “hey there” or what have you, so I make sure to acknowledge my new followers personally.

        Like Gary Vaynerchuk says, it’s not about content anymore, it’s about context. At which point(s) did you actually connect with your viewership? Gary connected with me at one point in time, and we may never get the opportunity to speak again, but I’ll be an @GaryVee advocate for life because he cared enough to have one interaction.

    • http://twitter.com/mbredl Martin Bredl

      I am not following anyone. I am following people with the same interests by following a follower with the same interests I have. For Example, I pick a big name in my Industrie (PR) and follow his friends. The big name is following by nature people with PR interests. So I am getting qualified Twitter Follower for my interest.

    • yippeekayay

      Possibly your entire purpose for being on Twitter is more personal and less commercial? In the case of someone who’s trying to promote a business or is building a brand, this is valuable tactical information. These “gestures” are not “insincere”. You misunderstand. They are completely sincere just not necessarily personal. It’s true that once people understand you’re not interested in commerce in your social networks, they may not find you interesting anyway so not following back is probably your best approach. That way you’re not wasting anyone’s time.

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  • http://www.soniawrites.com/ Sonia

    Don’t use this just got my twitter account suspended because of this app.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Sonia. That is interesting and a not a good result. I have used it for 2 years on and off and have not had a problem.. They certainly seem from my observation to comply with Twitter terms and conditions. Are you sure that is the reason and not something else? Any other activities or any other apps you are using? It would be good to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelefenniman Michele Fenniman

    hey Jeff great tips and suggestions to build a twitter presence. I use tweetadder

  • Pulin

    Thanks for the advice Jeff.Would like to know more about these ads on social network:’Get 10,000 followers in $20′, is this real or ther is again trick in this?i have never tried this but want to build my own genuine tribe of followers

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      I have never paid for followers as I wanted build a genuine tribe and not fake “Social proof”. It would be good to hear from someone who has bought followers and what there experience has been?

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  • http://www.commun.it SharelOmer

    A wonderful story of how to build relationship and make a difference ! Love your blog and passion for people :) and it’s a great post that we can all learn from. go Jeff!

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Jay for the comments. Effective strategies include many tactics from SEO, building email lists, growing social networks tribes, creating content that is contagious, publish your stories in muulti-media media in many formats so that you reach the largest audience possible. It needs to be relentless and persistent on so many levels. Everyone from personal brands to business brands also need to participate in ways that they are comfortable with.

  • http://twitter.com/HLeichsenring HansjörgLeichsenring

    What is the sense in havin 100,000 folowers which are non-relevant for your content and will not have any interaction?
    Kind regards from Germany
    Hansjörg Leichsenring
    http://www.der-bank-blog.de

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  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    In using Tweepi for 18 months I have had no problems. Is your Twitter follower count under 2,000? It could be that you were following a lot of people while only having a few followers. Tweepi says that they follow the Twitter rules. So I am surprised.

  • http://twitter.com/mbredl Martin Bredl

    Thanks, I have started to do exact the same. And it is working!

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  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Always trying to help people save time. :)

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  • http://twitter.com/truewebpresence TrueWebPresence

    These doesn’t seem all that different to tweetadder, and we all know how that is turning out… http://truewebpresence.com/how-not-to-acquire-new-twitter-followers/

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  • http://twitter.com/JonathanTorke Jonathan Torke

    Hi Jeff, great article! Do you also follow user who tweet rarely? I think, the “follow-return”- rate would shrink, isn’t?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Hi Johnathan I follow people who tweet once a day, once a week or once a month

  • http://twitter.com/MarilynSRogers Marilyn Rogers

    Twitter rules state that “The only auto-following behavior Twitter allows is automated or bulk follow-back. This refers to following a user after they have followed
    you.” Consequently, using automation for following and unfollowing is risky — especially if you’ve spent a lot of time building relationships.

  • Christine

    Followed your suggestions on 3 of my Twitter accounts, and one of the accounts was suspended within a few hours of using Tweepi. Thankfully it wasnt my account with 65K followers…and I built that on my own without Tweepi. I was building a 3 year old account with about 3k followers and my activity triggered an immediate suspension. I did not receive any notification or email from Twitter. To teach me a lesson, they now have me in the “help que” and made me agree to follow their TOS rules before reactivating my account. I’m still in “time-out” with a suspended account

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      It seems they have tightened up their TOS and processes since I used it. I did get suspended once when I wasn’t using Tweepi but just manually following people. How many did you follow so that Twitter suspended it?
      The good thing about Twitter as compared to Facebook that they actually only suspend rather than cancel. Cool Hunter’s Facebook page was cancelled http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57526539-93/facebook-shutters-the-cool-hunter-for-copyright-issues/
      with no redress or ability to have it reinstated.
      I will edit this Post to include strict adherence to Twitter’s TOS while using this tool

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Hi Christine. That is only about 28 people and I wouldn’t call that a large number at all .

    According to Twitter “Rules” they say this.
    “If you have followed a large amount of users in a short amount of time”
    https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311-the-twitter-rules

    I certainly wouldn’t deem 28 to be a large amount of users. The interesting thing is that it appears at their discretion because they don’t put a specific number or parameter to it.

    Jeff

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    When I got suspended it was only for about 6 hours but Twitter only had about 6 million users then. I have heard it can take a few days

  • http://twitter.com/EbenloPROMO Ebenlo PainterOfSong

    Jon,

    It seems to me that Jeff’s ‘follow follow’ activity obviously reached a critical mass point where his message started to reach the people who connected with it, word of mouth finally kicked in, and now enjoys a healthy amount of organic follows. I’d characterize the action a bit like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption who waded through a river of $#!* to come out clean on the other side, because I too am not a great fan of “follow follow” marketing, other than the fact that it’s an excellent low-cost way to achieve my goal of a healthy amount of organic follows.

    I use a separate promo account for all “follow follow” promos @EbenloPROMO, so I can keep my personal/professional tweets account looking as sharp as possible @EBENLO, as the promo account gets a bit messy with marketing activities, and leaves my personal account readable for quality content. The percentage of people who follow my personal account @EBENLO has got to be very LOW, a trickle, but either way, the promo account is doing it’s job by serving as a tool to push my marketing message out, as my personal account pulls with quality hashtags and content, as I reach for the critical mass point, where the increasing organic follows/audience will be interested enough in me to seek me out at my personal tweet acct). That’s my theory, and I believe from Jeff’s account here, I’m on the right track.

    That said, I started this particular web search instance (that lead me here) looking for a way to target people I would prefer to have follow me, who have FEW followers, who are interested in similar content, because as Jon seems to allude to, why should I let myself and my messages just get lost in the shuffle of those who have huge following accounts? Just saying that now, jarred something loose and made me remember “blastfollow” dot com. It may help some of you who want a more quality follower-base, as you can search for hashtags that are based on your own interests, industry, or interests of your target demographic. I’m headed there now.

    Thanks for the conversation Jeff and Jon.

  • Antonia

    I liked getting your strategies. After all, what’s the good of having a great service if no one knows about it. We are so fortunate to live in a time when we can easily and freely benefit from wisdom from experience. Thank you for that.

  • http://twitter.com/ColleenRugg colleen ann rugg

    Great point.

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  • Tribbl, Inc.

    I don’t see how twitter is considered such an effective marketing tool when more than 80% of your followers don’t even get to see your tweet unless you tweet something repeatedly. The volume of tweets that people post makes it so hard for anyone to get to actually ready them all, so lots of times your tweets don’t even get a chance to meet the eyeballs of your followers. I’ve studied how most people pay more attention to posting a tweet rather than actually reading them, so from both angles it is pretty damn difficult. On the other hand, I see how much easier it gets when you are a movie star or public figure.

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  • http://infotech-sh.blogspot.com/ Shpetim

    This is to easy to make new followers. I will try

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  • Mark Weinberger

    From research I have done it appears as though it is against twitter rules to unfollow somebody because they unfollowed you. Yes I know that is hard or impossible to prove , but if you use these automated programs to do so , your account does get flagged and can be closed by Twitter.
    Yes following people and businesses does get you more followers , but most are just following you because you followed them and wont really read or participate in your tweets. I would rather have 1000 interactive and enagaging followers , than 100 000 followers that did not even read my tweets. So the real question is how do you get a lot of quality followers ……. for $ 50 I can get 100 000 followers within a week from various sites that sell these services , but they are worthless followers that you also run the risk of losing your acc .

  • Jonny

    Insincere? Now that was a hilarious comment by Jon Loomer. You are on Twitter to be sincere? Or to monetize the traffic?

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