I’m sure you know, or at least you remember that I greatly recommend HootSuite as one of the essential tools for Social Media in general, and for Twitter especially. But this post will mention again tweepi.com and manageflitter.com. I have re-discovered TweetDeck, now being integrated almost completely in Twitter, opening in your browser and authenticating you with your Twitter account, but I shall dedicate maybe some time to TweetDeck in another post.
Now, this is about a few small things I haven’t seen being mentioned somewhere else, nor in the best selling books teaching you how, what and when to tweet, but not showing you actually the proper buttons. It is easy to say, or to dictate: “Be valuable, it’s enough! People will see your precious tweets, and they will come to you like flies, eventually following you en masse“. That’s not true. You have to be already famous for people in order to follow you without questions. If you are just a valuable content creator who doesn’t kiss ass, they will ignore you, unless you promote a little bit yourself. You have to search for valuable people on your own, follow them, and wait. Maybe they will contact you, maybe you will contact them, not with lame requests of “follow me back”, stupid hashtags like #followforfollow or things unrelated to their works or tweets. If you are not dumb, you won’t follow more than one thousand in your first day on Twitter, in the next day making your following count two thousands, with your followers count, to ten, or fifteen, at the best.
[source: if not mentioned, media on this post consists mostly of my own screenshots]
After that, you’re stuck. Also I’m sorry to say, but you don’t make a good impression at all, doesn’t matter how good you are in real life. There is a solution for you. You have to use tweepi, or manageflitter in order to unfollow the accounts not following you back. These tools shows you in a few clicks which of them don’t follow you back. If you were that dumb at the beginning, starting to follow everybody in SUL (Suggested Users List) and reaching 2k, there’s no way to make even a 0.75% rate of follow back. So, start unfollow them quickly, you don’t gain anything from the Kardashians or from Kanye West’s “genius”.
Start to follow ten interesting accounts at the time, wait two-three days, and maybe you’ll increase your follow back rate from 0.75% (when you follow 2,000 and are followed back by 15), to 20% or even 50%.
Twitter imposed some limits, which they always did, but this time they’re more strict than before. Tweepi for sample, reduced the maximum following per day from 1,000 to 500, and the maximum un-following number of accounts you already follow, to 500 respectively. To follow interesting accounts, especially because you have the possibility to properly choose (on what is the proportion between followers/following, last tweet, if they have a biography, location, and some more others), Tweepi is the best. Unfortunately, there is an inconvenience for “free” accounts. Under Twitter restrictions, you cannot un-follow an account you have recently followed in less than three days from following it. Tweepi pushed this limit to one week, so if you check out your list with accounts not following you, if they were followed within a week, they don’t even show.
The solution is obviously ManageFlitter. With a “free” account, you can manage to follow or un-follow up to 1,200 accounts per day, as you can see on the above screenshot. I don’t recommend that, of course. It’s too aggressive, and after all, you are a newbie, remember? In no time, you will feel better and you will start to make sense of your Twitter account, which will show a lot more people who follow your wise under 140 characters pearls, giving you a larger palette for networking and friends making.
When you want to unfollow more than 500 accounts in the same day, you will meet some errors, for sure. Maybe not so obvious like the above one, with an account to unfollow, appearing twice consecutively, but its second appearance being on a different page, or at least, at a significant distance from the first. You unfollow both, it’ll count as two accounts, but in fact you have unfollowed only one, the actual account with that name. Doesn’t matter. Increasing your followers number easy and steady, not forgetting to be real good, tweeting some works of yours, of others, or things you really like, re-tweeting, communicating, you can start to re-follow some dumb accounts on SUL. That’s strictly business. Not everyone on SUL has anything to say, you know?
Above is a HootSuite advertorial I really like, even if I’m not using this invaluable tool at its 100% capacity.
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