Twitter has become one of the largest and most active on-line social networks ever existed. Did you know that twitter attracted more than 22 million unique visitors every month in 2009? Do you think this number will grow in 2010 and 2011? The way Twitter works makes it ideal for being heard and getting a message out to thousands of individuals. Unfortunately it is not as simple as it sounds. On Twitter you need to earn the right to be heard, meaning you need followers and you need to make an impact on them to avoid being ignored or un-followed. Some people describe Twitter as a huge never ending cocktail party where people come and go from all over the world. In my opinion the analogy is quite good because it is fundamentally the same rules for human interaction that apply. Even thought there are no direct face to face contact on Twitter you will be noticed if you’re active, take initiative, bring something to the table and avoid sitting quiet for yourself in the corner. Problem is – even if you’re a natural talent in communication and networking it is a though job (if not impossible) to interact personally with thousands of followers. This is where tools can come in handy to assist you – there are plenty to pick from on the twitter scene but I found one that fills in all the gaps. Lets take a look at what TweetAdder can do for you to Get Twitter Followers Fast. (be aware that I promote TweetAdder in this article, however I do this because I use it and find it useful for others as well)
Before you read on you need to understand that TweetAdder is not free. I have purchased a license to try it out and I found it very useful for building and maintaining a Twitter presence. The tests I have done have shown that it is possible to increase the number of twitter followers significantly! However please understand that twitter is a social network and you can’t ignore the “social” part if you want to have success using twitter. There is certainly an ethical problem with this guide and you should seriously consider if it is the right track for you.
Update April 30th 2011:
More than a year have passed and I still use TweetAdder all the time – or more correctly – it is running and doing tasks for me all the time. When this article was written I had almost 3700 followers and now I have almost 17000. The latest version have automation features making it possible to spend 1-2 hours a month once you know what to do. Does it still work well to get more followers? Oh yes!
The reason for this update is that I just discovered something interesting. I have been travelling for 2 weeks now and before I started my trip I stopped TweetAdder for the first time in months. The blog and my regular postings to twitter have been taken care of by someone I work closely with and I beleive the only real change is TweetAdder not running. See for yourself on the graph here how it helps me get more twitter followers. Over the last two weeks it goes from good constant increase to a situation where the number of followers is constant.
Update Juli 21st 2011:
I just checked up again after using TweetAdder again daily for a period. The graph below speaks for itself and clearly shows that my conclusion in the update above was right. TweetAdder really helps me to get more twitter followers. Please understand that TweetAdder has been updated and have a new and improves user interface. The screenshots in the review below have not been updated yet, but the new version have the same features and even more.
How to get started using TweetAdder
First you need to get a copy of TweetAdder and install it. You can start out with a free trail version before deciding if TweetAdder is really valuable for you. It is supported on Windows and MacOS. Once you open up the program you will see the following login screen. You will be able to manage multiple twitter account from here and fire up automated tasks without opening the main window. You need a license for each Twitter account that you add.
Once you click the login button you access the main TweetAdder window. In this window you will see the relevant statistics of your Twitter account to the left. At the top you will see followsers/following stats and a to-do overview. The todo overview lets you know if there are users you have followed that have not followed you back within the time-frame specified and the number of new followers you should consider to follow back to maintain them as followers. The “Updates to post” is the pre-loaded Tweets that TweetAdder will send for you over time to simulate that you’re online. This can all be automated as you will see in a minute. Below basic stats you can see how your are doing over time, 1 day, 7 days, 30 days etc.
Find targeted twitter users to follow and be followed back with TweetAdder
Ok this is probably one of the most important features of TweetAdder. Searching is fast and you can easily sort the columns making it possible to find the right Twitter accounts to follow. There are five search types that all are useful but target different needs. My personal favorite is “Search by Profile Data”. Why? What it does is to search users bio for a keyword match. This means that you can look up all users that have written fx. “wordpress” in their bio. This is quite useful for following users that you know will be interested in your site/blog and tweets. This makes it much more likely that they will follow you back. You can add multiple keyword to narrow the search by adding a + before the keyword “+wordpress +designer”.
All of the search types will open a new window with all the information you need to analyze users. One really important feature is the ability to sort the columns. The following column is interesting because users that follow back thousands of other users are likely to follow you back automatically. So sorting as shown below makes it easy to find users that match this requirement. You can also see how many followers they have and how many updates they tweeted. I normally use the Check all feature and uncheck the few I don’t want to follow. You can sort on the different columns and see if there are empty and odd looking fields. I don’t follow those as there are plenty to take from.
Once the users have been checked and the “Save Checked Rows” button have been clicked the users are saved and can be automatically followed using the follow tab. If you have keywords that are really great for you and you have followed everyone returned on the search as shown above you may want to repeat the exercise after some weeks. This is because twitter is dynamic and more relevant followers will come. Also some users may not have followed you back the first time and may to it the second or third. It is important though that you don’t abuse the power you get with TweetAdder. Use it to automate and be faster but don’t do anything that you could not do yourself if you invested a lot of hours! When you repeat the process on a keyword TweetAdder will instantly filter twitter id that are duplicates and you will not waste time and twitter API usage on resending.
TweetAdder will put a predefined delay between each follow. On the follow tab you can also follow back new followers simply be clicking a button. You will also be able to make this happen automatically by checking a few check boxes on the Automation tab. As a rule of thumb you should not follow more than 250 users a day. It is important to be patient and just let tweet adder work for you every day. Sending thousands of follows within a short time frame is possible but will not be appreciated by twitter and will look very unnatural. Also make sure you spread the activity out to make it look as if a human is doing it. I prefer to have 5 – 25 seconds between each follow.
On the unfollow tab you can drop users that are not following you back. This is quite important to maintain a reasonable ratio between number og followers and number of users being followed. If someone is not following you back you need a specific reason and interest to keep following him/her.You will be albe to configure quite detailed how the unfollowing rules are. As for the following of user you need to keep your number of unfollows per day at a reasonable level. Aslo make a delay between the unfollows to make it look human. The unfollowing can be fully automated on the Automation tab.
Automate Messages, Tweets and Replies with TweetAdder
The Messages, Tweets and Replies tabs are quite similar but as the names tell us the first one is designed to automate sending direct messages to your followers. Be careful not to spam other people with this feature and use it fx. if you can’t be online for a day or two. The second is designed to automatically send Tweets. You can load a list of tweets from a text file and specify the time interval between tweets being sent. This is a great feature to keep your twitter account active but don’t repeat five messages all day long – people will think you’re annoying and unfollow you. It is very useful for collecting 10-15 tweets with relevant and up to date information and have it spread throughout a day where you are not in the office. The third is for sending replies automatically. I’m not sure how to use this without risking replying to a direct message with something that is way out! Twitter is for networking and taking back on autopilot may be possible but need to be used carefully.
The automation Tab
At the Automation tab you can configure TweetAdder to run fully on autopilot. It will use all the configuration you have set up on the previous tabs and let you sit back and let the tool do the work.
My TweetAdder results on tripwire magazine
I have experienced that using TweetAdder can help finding targeted followers that you share interest with. This is great but it should not be used with the wrong intensions. If you get followers that you have nothing in common with they will probably unfollow you after a few days and then the effort is wasted. To illustrate the effect I have included the graph below from http://twittercounter.com/tripwiremag/month/followers. It is clear from the chart when I sent targeted follows (where you see the the highest increase in twitter followers).
You can try TweetAdder Free here…