How To Gain Twitter Followers

You can never fully enjoy Twitter without Twitter followers. How do you get them and how do you keep them?

Twitter is one of the most amusing social networks nowadays. The website takes the blogging experience and spices it up by allowing you only 140 letters to play with. The result is usually witty and funny comprehensive tweets that are hardly a sentence long. But Twitter is not as fun or rewarding, with no friends/audience to applaud your joke or refute your political argument. Twitter followers make the experience much more personal and exciting. So how do you gain Twitter followers?

Your Twitter Profile

Unlike most other social networks, Twitter doesn’t require (or encourage) you to introduce yourself or share personal information on your profile to blend in. Who will adequately introduce your Twitter friends to you (and you to them) through your tweets? Accordingly, it would help if you cared about the quality of your tweets. If you’re original and funny or have a strong opinion about a current event, your tweet will get the attention it deserves.

As a Twitter newbie, you start with no followers unless you have friends on the website. That means that you’ll have to earn your Twitter followers one by one in most cases. How do you do it, you ask? The first step is to devote a little attention to your profile before starting the following spree.

Most Twitter users would ignore a new follower with no profile picture. The default “egg” profile picture that Twitter sets for you implies, naturally, that you’re new and, instinctively, that you’re lazy. A profile picture of you or something representing you will give your profile a more personal and human feel.

Your Biography

Twitter gives you a slightly longer space right beneath your picture to share a few words with your profile visitors. Your biography (also called “bio” by the Twitter folks) is a 160-letter box where you can write practically anything you fancy. Some choose to fill it with adjectives describing themselves, “Green thumb, movies enthusiast, gym rat.” Others fill it with hashtags of their favourite team, their favourite tv show, or their occupation, “#ManchesterUnited #BreakingBad #Engineer.” And some would write a long eloquent sentence describing how they view life or themselves.

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Whatever it is the way you choose to write your bio, keep in mind that it will count. When someone comes across your profile, be it because you followed them or because they encountered one of your tweets on their timeline, they would check your bio and part of their decision to follow you would lie on how much they like it.

Consider it the title of your book. If it is attractive enough, the reader is intrigued to read some more. Based on mutual interests or perhaps your impressive language skills, you might get a few followers because of your excellent bio.

Your Following List

If none of your friends is already on Twitter, you’ll need to put a little effort into getting noticed. Start by cruising the website using the accounts of people you know, celebrities, politicians, or known faces you recognize from other social networks (like Facebook, Tumblr, or YouTube). That way, you would be following people with whom you share a few interests.

Check their timelines, and if you come through a tweet that amuses you, check its writer. It can be a fun ride to jump from one Twitter profile to another, choosing carefully the type of newsfeed you’re going to be receiving on forward.

Don’t go on a mass follow, though. Following over 500 Twitter users when you still have zero followers implies that you don’t care about the quality of your following list, and it will discourage others from following you back. So, it’s advisable to start with 30-40 following people you enjoy and share common grounds with. You’ll be followed back by a few of them. (Don’t expect to follow backs from celebrities or verified accounts.)

If you haven’t written any tweets yet, it’s doubtful that you will get followed back. Why would they? They don’t know how you write, and they have no idea if you’ll be a fun or a valuable addition to their list. Therefore, have at least 4-5 tweets on your profile before your start following. These tweets will be your first introduction to your new Twitter followers.

Team Follow Back?

One of the guaranteed ways to get followers fast is to announce that you would follow anyone back. The team follow back are usually young Twitter users willing to follow anyone to increase their Twitter followers numbers.

You would know them by noticing how suspiciously similar and exaggeratedly large the numbers of their followers and following are. Although a vow to follow back is a shorter route to gaining Twitter followers, you’ll, unfortunately, be compromising the quality of the Twitter experience for the number of your followers.

The number would be significant but vacant; you’ll end up with hundreds of followers who never communicate with you or appear in your Interactions tab. And you’ll also find yourself stuck with hundreds of Twitter users who share nothing of interest with you. It’s simply not worth it.

Following back is courteous and friendly, but it is never obligatory. If you find yourself followed by someone whose tweets you find annoying, offensive, or sour taste, you don’t have to follow them back. And similarly, no one “has to” follow you back. The beauty of Twitter is that you can completely customize your timeline, choosing only those you enjoy reading.

#Hashtags

Hashtags

Another feature a new Twitter user can rely on is hashtags. Hashtags allow you to go public with your opinion beyond your follower’s reach. If you add the hashtag #StopSH (stop sexual harassment) to a statement about the topic, your tweet will appear among others’ tweets on a public thread that everyone who searches for #StopSH can see. Consequently, more and more Twitter users get to see your tweets. And if your tweet is good, you will probably gain more interested Twitter followers.

Current events usually come with trending hashtags. Participating in the hashtag guarantees you more attention. So next time there is a World Cup match or an Oscars fest, jump on the opportunity and join the fun. And remember, the Twitter followers you gain based on fantastic tweets on your part are often here to stay.

Pay It Forward

Twitter is not about fame or the number of your followers; it’s about the joy of expressing yourself and getting to know strangers on a very confidential basis through the short candid spurts of words that they willingly share with you. Interaction highly betters the experience. You can make great friendships with people across the world through it.

As you start gaining Twitter followers, and you will as time goes on, make sure you can also keep them. Don’t be rude, don’t be insensitive, and don’t be a bigot. Differences of opinion will arise. Respect the individuality and the beliefs of each of your following and followers lists.

If someone mentions you asking for something or commenting on one of your tweets, reply properly. Ignoring your followers or disrespecting them is repulsive and will lose your attention. Don’t be a social media bully!

If you come across an excellent tweet, give it a star and a retweet! Your Twitter followers will appreciate the attention and give you the same kindness. Socialize and explore and make the best out of your stay. As you familiarize yourself more with Twitter, you’ll realize that it opens real doors for you.

You can use it to market your business. Or you can seek any help from your various Twitter followers. You can ask your followers to take a poll or a survey or seek medical advice or a legal guide. Millions worldwide use Twitter, and if you’re a friendly and helpful Twitter user, your Twitter followers can be a great and loving family.

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