Recently a friend of mine (@Ben_Hall) noticed that I’d increased my number of followers on Twitter and asked me how I had done it. I replied that although what I’d done was simple I couldn’t explain it in 140 characters and that I’d write a blog post, so for Ben (and for you if you are interested) here’s what I did:
- Assume that people following you (with the exception of spammers) are interested in what you have to say.
- Assume that people following your followers *might* also be interested in what you have to say.
- For each of your followers…
- look at what they have twittered most recently
- If it is representative of what you want to say
- Look at their first page of followers (they are the most recent followers and are most likely to interested in what has most recently been said)
- Follow each (non spam) follower there
- Do nothing for 48 hours, to allow those that you have followed to reciprocate.
- Run a script to unfollow those who have not followed you (cos you can’t have a conversation with someone who isn’t listening) with the exception of those who’s views you are interested in regardless of if they follow you or not.
Okay so this is a pretty general solution and YMMV but it works for me. It increases my number of followers but still keeps them relevant to what I have to say and what I am interested in hearing about.
Hope it helps you!