How does a person add Twitter followers? Below are three simple steps to increase your followers.
Fill out your the bio on your Twitter page.
When people visit your Twitter profile, they want to know who you are. If your profile is blank or nondescript, you will appear to be someone who doesn’t care enough about your Twitter account, or worse, a spammer. Also, searches for suggested users look for keywords, so include your passions and things you would tweet about on the page.
Participate in discussions.
If you’re going to be on Twitter anyway, why not join in the discussions that everyone else is involved in? People tend to follow others who are passionate or insightful in discussions, so find topics that others are tweeting about and join in. Here are some examples of ways to engage in discussion:
- Hashtags allow you to link your tweet to a specific discussion that is easily searchable by others, similar to scientists tagging an animal in the wild. A very popular way to promote yourself and others is to use to the hashtags #ff or #followfriday, which invites your current followers to follow your favorite tweeters. Hopefully they will return the virtual back scratch and add you to their Follow Friday list as well. Creating hashtags has become quite an art form in itself, so impress other users with your creative hashtags to help your cause.
- Trending topics (such as Jani Lane, R.I.P.) show what others are talking about, in addition to hashtags.
- Retweet others and ask for retweets of your tweets. (Follow etiquette and only ask for a retweet of something worthwhile to another’s followers.) Retweeting is way to stroke a person’s ego via Twitter.
- Content, such as pictures or links, will also increase your followers. One caveat: followers prefer original, creative, or insightful content. Simply tweeting pictures of your lunch will not encourage people to move their mouse pointer and click “follow”. So, use TwitPic, Yfrog, or Twitter’s new native image uploader to upload your own great images or retweet someone else’s. Many places either offer pre-shortened links or visit Google’s link shortener to save “real estate” as your share links in your tweets.
Promote your Twitter username.
Now, you don’t have to go as far as Ashton Kutcher to promote your Twitter profile, but a little self-promotion never hurt anyone. Add the link to your profile or at least mention your Twitter handle in email signatures, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and if you have a public platform mention it there. Again, you don’t want to go out and get a billboard just to add followers, but as the saying goes, “If you won’t toot your own horn, it ain’t worth tootin’.”
Without a doubt, if you follow these three ideas and incorporate some of your own, you will add Twitter followers early and often.
Disclosure: The author has three links to his Twitter page in this article to emphasize the point.
For More Information:
Kevin Rose has an excellent article about 10 ways to increase Twitter followers.
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