10 Legit Ways to Gain a Twitter Fast Friend Following

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There are many ways small town business owners and independent contractors can use Twitter.

Heck, there are as many ways to use Twitter as there are flavors of Jelly Belly (50 officially. Jelly Belly flavors, that is).

Of course, in this era of stream n’ scream and fast-food friending, most folks want to see instant results.  So with respect to the “law of the harvest” here are some ways the small folks can level the conversation station that Twitter is:

70-20-10 – It’s a formula I’ve coached for years. Our Twitter mantra is 70-20-10. Split your messaging up with this ratio: 70% Resource Sharing; 20% Chit-Chat n’ How’s Your Cat; 10% Pimp Your Stuff. Most folks do it in reverse. Don’t. Be the Resource.

Hashtags – Consider these labels. They help categorize your tweets and make you more findable in searches. They can also be valuable to you for RTing or following others  Further Reading: Hashtags Demystified

Searches – You can save Twitter searches and periodically go back on look. You can search for hashtags or “phrases that are important” by using quotation marks around a specific phrase.

Lists – By creating lists, you are creating a resource for yourself and others, and also creating a bit of good will to those you place on the list. The list should be more a resource to your audience than a bait to those you list. More on How to Use Twitter Lists

RT Others – As you find valuable tweets to share, it’s best to ReTweet manually (not the ReTweet button). Remember, it’s about your audience first; the person you RT second; and you are third. How-To: ReTweet on Twitter

Paper.li – Create your own daily online newspaper (or follow someone else’s) with this cool tool. There are many ways to customize paper.li, so feel free to experiment and gauge your success. Dive Deeper: Follow Smart People 5 Ways with Paper.li

TwellowTwellow helps you find people based on keywords or location. Think of it as a reverse yellow pages for Twitter. Additional Read/Resource: 27 Tools to Help you Find and Manage Your Twitter

ReSked & ReTweet – Using a tool like HootSuite or another Twitter scheduling tool, you can take your best Tweets (even the RTs of others) and schedule them at various times throughout the week

Leave 20 characters – As often as possible, try to leave 17-20 characters of space in your tweets. This allows others to RT and add your name (count the RT, the @, the ___ space, and your username).

Twitter Chats – Join in and participate or create your own (using a hashtag). If you can keep up, this is a great way to engage and learn. At the end of most chats (a stream of tweets around a central topic) offer a transcript and a list of participants. Here’s a tip that includes a Tweet Chat video tutorial.

There are many other tools, tips and tracking you can do – but this is a quick-start for those that are looking for creating a fast food following.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Disagree with much of this.  Trying to put this into a single cookie cutter article is not a good practice.  Considerations for other industries/fields need to be kept in mind.  I agree there are some good tips in here but stuff like the paper.li and the 70-20-10 formula if one is in say the media is useless garbage.

    • says

      Appreciate your input. Of course this isn’t met to be an “ultimate” guide – just 10 ways. What are some of the ways that media (a very broad term) can create a “following.”  

      If one is say – in the retail or real estate industry (or many other fields looking to grab a footing on building connections – I’m not sure I’d agree with your disagreement:-)  But to each their own.  So what are some ways in your field?

  2. says

    I’ve been seeing Paper.li a lot lately and I really like it. It’s a quick way to peruse the stuff that people you follow have already read.  In fact I found you on an issue by @LisaSaline. @VivalaEmail also edits a good one for email, which is what I’m always seeking. Thanks for the Twitter tips. I’m beginning to get the hang of it after months of on again off again. It’s a lot of fun.

    • says

      Thanks Jen (and thanks to Lisa!).  I really like paper.li too.  I’m more reader than cultivator right now, though I have a few ideas about some paper.li’s I’d like to put together.  Do you have one?

      I appreciate your addition to the conversation (here and on Twitter) and I hope we continue to learn from each other:-)

    • says

      It’s great to see the engagement even if it was from 2 years ago. Twitter has been an amazing tool as well as Paper.li – Have a great day everyone

    • says

      It’s great to see the engagement even if it was from 2 years ago. Twitter has been an amazing tool as well as Paper.li – Have a great day everyone

  3. Kasper Villum Jensen says

    Why leave room for “RT” and name? If you use the build in RT-function – which you should – it doesn’t require you to leave extra space/room in your tweet.