5 Ways to Increase Twitter Followers & Make it to Twitter Suggestions

Companies these days have been putting more and more focus into their Twitter accounts. While a great deal of Twitter activity is utterly feckless (seeing as the vast majority of tweets are valueless self-promotion), some companies and users have managed to amass significant fan bases that legitimately help their personal brands and businesses.

Among these top users are those who are often recommended through Twitter Suggestions, and indeed, many see positions in these listnings as a sign of 'making it' on Twitter, espeically since the endorsement contributes to the accumulation of even more followers.

Are you interested in getting more Twitter followers and possibly making it into Twitter Suggestions? Here are five simple things you can do to increase your chances of success.

Will your followers give a hoot about what you have to say?  Make sure each and every tweet you post is useful/funny/interesting!
Will your followers give a hoot about what you have to say? Make sure each and every tweet you post is useful/funny/interesting! | Source

Provide Real Value

So many folks on Twitter make the common mistake of sharing only self-promotional or uninteresting tweets. Does everyone really want to know that you just brushed your teeth? Does anyone care that your brand just updated the labeling on your toilet paper packaging, or that your agency just finished executing a major campaign? Probably not.

If you want to gain (human, non-spammer) followers on Twitter, you'll have to talk about things that they really care about. Before posting each tweet, consider your audience, and think really hard about whether or not they would give a hoot about what you're about to share.

Chances are that your (human) followers have followed you for a reason, so it is OK to talk about yourself, but when you do, be sure to make it interesting. Make your announcements witty and funny. Tag on useful or relevant hashtags. Make your followers think, smile, yell, laugh, ponder, or sneer.

Don't prove to them that you are just as boring and useless as all the other newbies out there. And DO NOT post prefabricated or automated tweets linking to recent blog posts or news articles. Anything automated shows that you are either inept or too indifferent about your folloers to actually take the time to write a big boy tweet all on your own.

Be sure to tweet in a variety of ways
Be sure to tweet in a variety of ways | Source

Mix it Up

Twitter users worth following typically post a variety of tweet-types, including:

  • Straight text
  • Replies to others' tweets
  • Retweets
  • Links

Tweeting in varying ways shows that you're not just showing up, dumping some characters, and trotting off. It also essentially requires you to interact, share interesting tweets by other people, provide interesting external links, and also provide witty, interesting comments, as it is impossible to fall into one particular rut (of just sharing links, for example, or just retweeting others' stuff) when following this approach.

That's right! Get down and INTERACT with your followers!
That's right! Get down and INTERACT with your followers! | Source

Interact

Mixing up the sorts of tweets that you post is also highly advisable seeing as it requires you to interact (especially via replies and retweets) with other people on Twitter.

This is absolutely key when it comes to amassing and maintaining followers.

This should come as a no-brainer, but a lot of people don't realize just how important it is to engage with other users on the site. Why is it so important? It simply indicates that you are an actual, functioning member of the community, instead of one of the incredibly numerous but defunct users who don't actually realize that Twitter was not designed as a deliberately annoying personal advertising feed.

So get engaged with other users- followers and other users alike. Respond to your @Mentions. Respond to users who retweet your tweets. Respond to interesting tweets by other people (again, both followers and strangers) with something insightful and interesting (a great way to find tweets to respond to is to run searches or check out the dialogue taking place around particular hashtags).

Whatever you do, don't randomly follow a ton of users hoping to be followed back, only to un-follow them later down the line. This is not going to help you build a functional (and monetizable / valuable) group of followers. Also, DO NOT use any sort of automation service that promises to get you followers. Just don't. That makes you a spammer. Don't even try to argue with me. It makes you a spammer.

Dialogue on Twitter helps to establish various themes and interesting subplots in your Twitter feed, and gives people a reason to follow you and pay attention to what you say
Dialogue on Twitter helps to establish various themes and interesting subplots in your Twitter feed, and gives people a reason to follow you and pay attention to what you say | Source

Start a Dialogue

In addition to simply interacting with the odd follower and random user, Twitter Suggetsions-worthy users typically engage in actual (albeit Twitterized) dialogue. Engaging in (what are essentially) themed exchanges with other users around a certain topic shows not only that you are a fully capable Twitter user, but also that you care about what your followers and others have to say on the site, and are here for some serious interaction.

This sort of interaction provides some of the greatest value one might look for in a Twitter account- interesting tweets that actually mean something. A dialogue that you can follow, enjoy, join in on, and even see some responses from. Give this to your followers, and more will come.

Keep on 'dem current events!
Keep on 'dem current events! | Source

Keep Current

One way to start and maintain interesting dialogues and keep an interesting mix of valuable tweets spewing forth from your Twitter account is to tie whatever brand or personality associated with your Twitter account into current events.

This should come as no surprise. Twitter is all about what is happening in the moment.

Consider how many Twitter users have amassed a huge number of followers by becoming authority figures or sources of up-to-date information during political turmoil, natural disasters, and other newsworthy current events. By joining in on dialogue about breaking news (especially if you have inside, expert, or otherwise rare of valuable and related information to add), you can garner a sizable number of followers in a short period of time, and if you keep up the quality of your tweets after the event has subsided (by adhering to the tips outlined above), chances are most of those followers will stick with you.

Consider the Investment

You've probably noticed that none of the aforementioned activities can be completed without spending a significant amount of your own precious time looking for good things to share, interacting with others, and keeping abreast of important issues.

Automating certain processes or posting the occasional distracted tweet is not going to get you the sort of fanbase you're looking for unless you are (1) exceedingly famous or (2) god (and even that might not be enough). If you want to rank up there with the top Twitter users, you're going to have to invest a significant amount of your own time and resources. If you're not a celebrity or behind a very large and well-known brand, you're going to have to be twice, if not three times as witty, relevant, interactive, and useful.

I wish I could say that there were an easy way to instantly make it to the top, but Twitter is much like real life. If you want to make it big, chances are you'll have to work very, very hard. What's more, certain types of people, companies, and brands never will make it big on Twitter, simply because their target audiences are not Twitter users.

That said, if you enjoy engaging with others on Twitter, have a target audience of people who are likely to also be on the site, and have the time and resources to spend a lot of time on the site, good on you! I hope you find these tips helpful as you climb your way to the top.

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savingOurAsses 5 years ago from Las Vegas

Excellent! I just recently signed up for twitter and will follow some of these guidelines to get followers and follow people that tweet about important topics.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Oh, how awesome, savingOurAsses! I hope you find those tactics to be useful- and that you have fun on Twitter, too!


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jacharless 5 years ago from Between New York and London

"three times as witty, relevant, interactive, and useful." Now I just had a flash of Thomas The Train and Sir Topham Hatt with the voice of Johnny Depp. Hmmm. But, you're spot-on. Twitter is the fastest moving (RSS) Live Feed on the planet. Keeping up is a tough one, as tweets - re~tweets and hash tags can get cumbersome. I have found better success in the Tweet List department and just by passing on my RSS feed link, else genre specific lists for recipes, reviews, cookbook ideas, etc.

"We Can Make It if we try, just the two of us..."

"Podemos hacerlo si lo intentamos, los dos de nosotros..."

James.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

EXACTLY what I was going for, jacharless. Hahaa. Good point about lists though. Those have been really helpful.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Great article. I wonder though, Charlie Sheen made it big on twitter. Why do you think that is? I've wondered about that since I heard he broke the record in number of followers in a day. Maybe because he's a celebrity or because his tweets were of rants?

Either way, I think you bring some valuable points in this article. Thanks for sharing.


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Anthea Carson 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

What a useful article. This hub illustrates all the big mistakes I have made not just on Twitter, but on Chesstalk.com, where I got banned for doing exactly what you described, just using it as an advertising feed. I just didn't know any better. I wish I had read this article first. Then again, I always seem to have to learn things the hard way.


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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

I found that if you follow people of similiar interests, they tend to follow you back.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you, FaithDream! Charlie Sheen made it big on Twitter because he is very famous and was in the midst of a media supernova. He is an outlier; 99.999% of humans will never be able to make it big just because of who they are.

Anthea Carson- it is tough getting started, especially since so many people (who we may look to as examples) misuse these services. Live and learn, eh?

This is true, BlissfulWriter. Following others, especially those you WANT to follow and interact with, is a good approach. All is good in moderation! Except for murder/war/headthongs.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Simone, excellent quidelines. Using these you can't help but increase you following. Up and useful.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals!


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

Thank you for the advice. I admit to be a bit of a twitter sinner in terms of promoting my blog posts and job advertisements but I do interact too....and you are so right it is a lot of hard work.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

We have all sinned, Peter Dickinson. I know I have! I think it just takes a while to realize how things are really supposed to be executed, and it's harder than ever to 'get it' now, since so many people are providing bad examples!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Another sinner here! I've just been using it to post my hubs and retweeting other people's hubs. How in the world do people have the time for all of this plus writing new material and interacting with others in all of these different areas? Maybe that is why (as a whole) we are all sleep deprived. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

It happens to the best of us, Peggy W! I honestly don't know how people find the time. But I'm always super impressed when I come across Twitter-users who manage to do all of these things! I wonder how many hours each day it takes to keep it up, once one really gets going.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Thanks. I have started following artists and writers,still sifting through marketers and information dumpers. Thanks for the tips.Interaction and dialogue will help weed out the culprits (In my view)


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cornwall_UK 5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

i have 12 websites, 850 passwords, 3 hosts, 50 WP plugins across 10 sites, I run a directory, I have 3 twitter accounts and 2 FB accounts.... I write hubs.

And now you expect me, somehow, to add some value in somewhere?

I tweet my hubs, and try to pre-fix that with a 4-6 word explanation of what it's useful for, so people don't click because they've no idea.

Edit: .. oh and 3 hubs accounts, I'm logged into the wrong one right now :) I was checking for comments.


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anooptmg 5 years ago from Delhi

Thanks, this is the good way to increase followers on twitter, Facebook and another social media sites.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Right-o, Alladream74! Interaction and dialogue are the key to distinguishing between the spammers and the real users.

And dang, cornwall_UK! You're pretty hard core with all of this InterWebs stuff! The tips outlined above are really just useful for someone looking to put a lot of time into one account and make it big. Depending on one's objectives, Twitter can be successfully used in many different ways :D

And thanks anooptmg! I hope one or all of these tips will improve your social media experience.


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Kate Spenser 5 years ago from Austin, TX

Thanks for the great tips! I will definitely have to start implementing these ideas... up/useful!


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia

Oh yes I just remembered to bookmark this Hub so that I can go and undo my Twitter sins :(

I did not know about the 'mentions' until I read it here on your Hub. Awesome Hub :)


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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

Great Hub. Thanks for sharing your tips about Twitter.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

A very good hub and it looks so easy and obvious when you write it. It makes a lot of sense of course. The only problem is to find the time to do all this communication that is needed. So, I will make a decision soon; keep the twitter account and do something good about it or end it! I guess that I need a dictionary for all the strange rules and words also:)

Thanks for your tips and a very good hub!

Tina


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information. My follower start to climb up. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

Prasetio


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, Kate Spenser, tammyfrost, and prasetio30! I hope you find them useful!

I'm glad to have introduced you to mentions, agvulpes! They're quite pivotal.

And you're so right, thougtforce. The big problem is time. There's just no getting around it- if you want to be really successful on Twitter (and are not incredibly famous), you'll have to invest a lot of time in it!


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anooptmg 5 years ago from Delhi

If you are a active partner on Social Media sites then you can easily increase followers.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Very true, anooptmg. Very true indeed.


get senuke 5 years ago

I will post this to my Twitter followers as they are often interested in how to increase their followers. It is a great hub, good work! I have substantially increased my twitter followers over a short period of time using Tweet Adder. Your ideas and tips definitely work and I agree with you about interacting with your followers to increase traffic.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Oh, awesome, get senuke! Thanks for the kind words.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on winning the Community Activist Award along with Maddie Ruud.

Love this hub on Tweeting. I think you follow a lot of this useful advice on Hub Pages, too.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you so much, Happyboomernurse!


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is just the kind of post I have been looking for. I'm not new to Twitter but I don't know that much about it, and I'm glad I came across your hub.

Thank you for sharing! Voted up


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Oh, lucky you applecsmith! Perhaps you can avoid some of the silly mistakes I've made!


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

I am yet to learn the tricks of twitter. Anyhow thanks for sharing some nice info on the topic.

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