Top 10 Tips for Growing Your Twitter Following

I use Twitter frequently, and I see people and companies making the same mistakes over and over. I thought it would be useful to jot down some of my thoughts for those who may be struggling with it. Follow these 10 simple suggestions, and you will definitely see a difference in the way people respond to you.

  1. Upload a profile picture. – If you haven’t taken the time to put a photo up, I wonder if you really care to be in the Twittersphere.
  2. Take advantage of the biographical section. – This is key, because it’s your opportunity to sell yourself. Tell people who you are and what you’re interested in. I read these bios and determine if people will be talking about anything I’m interested in. Additionally, it helps me determine which list I might put the person in.
  3. Customize your page with a background and Twitter cover. – Show that you’re invested in Twitter and showcase your creativity. People that take this step earn points with me.
    My Twitter Page: @RebeccaMahony
  4. Have more than five tweets. – I never follow anyone with less than a handful of tweets, especially if they’re following 1,000+ people or have 1,000+ followers. I look at those accounts can literally hear myself thinking “Phfff…”
  5. Use different formats for your tweets. – It’s annoying to see that you checked in via Foursquare four times in a row or you posted five quotes. Vary your tweets a little. This will make you seem more interesting and help you score the follow.
  6. Categorize those you follow into lists. – Just as lists will be extremely valuable to you, they’re valuable to those you add. Others can subscribe to your lists, which promotes everyone you’ve added to it. Adding someone to a Twitter list is a nod to their quality and expertise.
  7. Use the ‘Connect’ tab. – The  Connect Tab on Twitter shows all of your interactions and mentions. Check this frequently for information about who has recently followed you or interacted.
  8. Talk to people after you follow them. – RT (retweet) their posts, or better yet MT (modified tweet) them. Both manual retweets and modified tweets are great because you can add something to the conversation. With manual retweets, you just have to copy what the person said and add “RT (twitter handle).” If you don’t have room, modified tweets are great because they’ll let you shorten the initial tweet without changing the meaning so you can write more on the front end.
    Manual retweet versus automatic retweet
  9. Use #FF to your advantage. – If you’re trying to get someone’s attention, you can use the #FF, or Follow Friday, hashtag on Fridays to recommend others with similar interests to your followers. This is a good way to get on their radar and engender good will.
  10. Don’t spam people. – This should be obvious, but I find people are always mentioning me with little more than a shady hyperlink in the same tweet. Hello! I’m not going to click on it, and I’m definitely not going to follow you for it. But hey, thanks for mentioning me to you 100+ followers who obviously didn’t pay attention to you in the first place when they followed you.
About the Author
Rebecca Mahony is an artist, PR maven, people person and proud FSU alumna.