Of course, Twitter can be used just to follow what others are writing. In that case, it does not matter if you have few or no followers. But for the vast majority of people on twitter, the number of followers is hard currency.
If you have more Twitter followers, you are perceived as more interesting than if you have few followers. And with many followers, the chances of being retweeted are also increasing, bringing more followers to Twitter, as well as potential business for you.
Since so many people on twitter are constantly striving for more followers, I thought I’d share some great tips for boosting your Twitter follower count today!
1. Follow many
Many follow back if you begin to follow them. Either out of curiosity, courtesy or for strategic reasons. Roughly speaking, you can say that the more you follow, the more followers on Twitter you will get yourself.
Some have this as their only strategy for growing followers. They follow tons of people and then keep track of who follows. Those that do not follow will be deleted after a while and replaced by other users. It is not uncommon to see users who follow thousands of people for this reason. To prevent spam, Twitter has a limit to the number of accounts you an follow, and this is what they say: “Every account can follow 5,000 accounts total. Once you’ve followed 5,000 accounts, there are limits to the number of additional accounts you can follow. This number is different for each account and is based on your ratio of followers to following; this ratio is not published. Follow limits cannot be lifted by Twitter and everyone is subject to limits, even high profile and API accounts.”
2. Always follow back
Since many people use the above strategy, one can decide to always follow back. This makes you more attractive to follow for people who themselves want to collect more followers.
Some even write that they use this principle in the description of their profile.
You can actively choose to follow people who always follow back. Check their profiles how many they follow and how many followers they have to get an idea of whoever always follows back.
3. Parasitise on others
Retweeting with your own comment can be a way to “parasitise” on someone else’s well-formulated posts. If you retweet enough interesting tweets, chances are that your own followers won’t be able to look up the original tweet. Instead, they will retweet your retweet and then your username will come in. In this way, you may be able to spread widely in some cases without having written anything interesting.
4. Keep it short and concise
A tweet may be up to 140 characters long (now updated to 280) including any links to images and websites. However, it may be wise to stay even shorter. This in order to create the best possible conditions to be retweeted.
For those who want to retweet and add a comment, the tweet will be longer because the username of the person who retweeted it will be added.
5. Encourage retweets
Often people see that people end their tweets with a call to be retweeted. For example, “I’m looking for a new job. RT = love. “
This method should only be used in exceptional cases as it may be perceived as begging. But if you can ask for retweets without begging, you can gain great results from it.
6. Reward retweets
By rewarding retweets, you can increase the number of retweets you’re receiving. Simple! Often times, if you want to get people to do something, you need to incentivise. Maybe you can give them a discount code? Your online ebook? A special deal?
About the author
Jens Wirdenius is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the blog Veloce – All You Need for Social Media and Marketing and the social media agency Veloce Influencer Network. He is a social media and marketing nut, sharing his passion for business in his articles.