A few months ago, I hinted that Twitter snobs won’t follow you for certain reasons – and can you really blame them, what with all of the spammers out there these days. So here are some tips and tricks for getting those industry leaders, Twitter gods and goddesses, and self-proclaimed snobs to follow you. (And, for the record, a lot of them have a strict “no following” policy.)
The Basics (or getting someone to at least consider following you)
- Build out your profile. I can’t say it enough..I refuse to follow people who are still O_o, with no name, and no bio. (Oh, and if your website is one that has a video below a 72 font “I make $3,939 a day and here’s how; don’t expect a follow by me.)
- Please don’t wink at me. I don’t know if this is a trend, but lately I’ve been seeing animated gif avatars. One in particular winked, another danced around in an awkward robotic way. All I need is a picture of your pretty smile. Leave it at that.
- Don’t have more following than followers. At least exponentially. It’s something people look at when they get the “so-and-so is following you” email. If you’re following 1,328 and 4 are following you back…then I’m sorry, but I’m not going to follow you either. Which brings us to..
- Don’t sign up for those bogus following sites. Sometimes I’ll see people tweet tools to “Get 400 followers a day”. Don’t do it…that’s not how you should be using Twitter. You should slowly (and organically) gain a following.
The hard part: Keeping followers
- Please…for all that is holy…DO NOT send me an auto DM. I think I’ve seen one or maybe two people pull off a witty auto DM. Other than that, directing me to your bogus article about making $3,939 per day will result in an auto unfollow.
- Engage your following. Twitter is a social networking tool – it should be used as such. So, make sure you reply, DM, and Retweet often – especially to someone you may have followed but isn’t following you. Obvious self promotion is a sure fire way to get unfollowed.
- Don’t overwhelm your followers. I put this question out to the Twitter community, and one response I’d forgotten was the obnoxious-every-five-minute-tweeter. Yeah, don’t do that.
What about you?…what drives you crazy enough to get in touch with your Twitter snob within?