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The Best Way To Get Followers On Twitter

Updated on November 15, 2013

I’ll give you tips on finding people to follow and in turn get more subscribers to your Twitter feed.

Following everyone that follows you doesn’t make sense. If I’m not interested in what a person has to say or I don’t have anything in common I see no reason to follow them simply because they clicked on my follow button.

We all have different taste in what we want to hear and clogging up my Twitter feed with septic cleaners, plastic surgeons or people selling vinyl siding is taking up valuable space for those people I genuinely have an interest in reading.

It also gives people the wrong impression. For instance, if I follow a few people that sell toupees and other Tweeters see my interest in male replacement hairpieces it leads many to believe I must purchase a lot of man rugs or I simply have a thing for bald guys. See how this can lead people down the wrong marketing path?

So, for this reason, I only follow people who say things I want to read, have products I like or have a platform I agree with.

This goes both ways. If someone isn’t interested in my tweets I’m sure they eventually delete me from their list unless they don’t read anyone’s work and are only concerned with people listening to them. I’m sure there is a lot of talking and non-listening going on at Twitter but personally I use it as a tool for learning information as well as marketing my writing skills and socializing.

There are tricks to getting large amounts of people to follow but I haven’t tried any of them because from what I’ve read you can’t filter out the ones who don’t have common interests. I believe quality is better than quantity. Just because a person is subscribed doesn't mean they read what you have to say and that is our goal.


Hash tags

This is what they call the pound sign "#". It is used the same way as keywords here in HubPages or other writing sites. When you put that symbol in front of a word that will come up in a search on Twitter as well as other search engines. Use it when you post article or blogs to help increase traffic.


How I get Twitter followers:

Here’s what I do when I have a bit of time. I put in a search for keywords on Twitter for subjects I’m interested in. For instance one day I put in a search for healthy food. This pulled up many people discussing and tweeting about recipes and blogs I might like to read. I followed several people from this list and in a short period of time I had about a couple dozen people following me. From those followers, I’ve gotten several more over the next few days. I think this method is much better than randomly following members with no common interest.

You can put in words that have to do with your recent articles or blogs to see who is talking about this subject. I think this is the best way because when you follow people they will pull up your profile, it will show your latest tweets and if you are being a good Tweeter you’ll have a link to your latest blog or article which will be relevant to the search word(s). They’ll see you have fishing tackle (or whatever) in common and they’ll more than likely follow you back.

This not only gives you new people to subscribe to but also lets us know what other people are saying about this topic as well as give us ideas for our next writing project.

You can spend hours doing searches and one tweet will lead you to more people and before you know it you’ve added many new people you’ll enjoy reading and meeting. Just be careful, Cheeky Girl said there is a one hundred person per day limit you are allowed to add. That’s a lot of people so it would take a while to go over.

Another way to find new subscribers is to look at names in your Twitter feed with an “@” symbol before them. This is a comment to Tweeters you might be interested in following. Read the comment, click on their profile, read their description and see what they have to say.


Follow Friday

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Twitter you’ve probably noticed people talking about this. Different Tweeters post names of friends with a pound sign or hashtag before their name: “#”. This tells others they value this individual’s comments and is helping them get more people to follow them. I’ve picked up a few new ones this way and friends will often help each other out so pay extra attention on Fridays. Again, if you follow them they are more likely to reciprocate.


Tricky Tweeters

Be aware that some people follow you to get you to follow them back and then later delete you from their list after you add them. So when you get a person who has nothing what so ever in common with you sending out a notice, they are probably one of those type people. Don’t assume you’ll keep a follower just because they added you.


Don’t pay anyone to get tweets.

With a little time and using the techniques I’ve given here you can acquire your own followers without paying anyone a fee. From what I’ve heard many of these are scams so pocket your money and do it yourself.


Fake people and prostitutes

You'll get spammers and all manner of unsavory characters on Twitter. They are trying to clean things up and if you report them by clicking the spam button this helps Twitter clear out the bad eggs.

You can usually tell the sex workers by their email account which will have something sexual in the link.

Some erotica writers have similar emails but you can tell the difference. Authors will usually talk about their book and writing.


Retweets

People often will post a humorous or witty quote someone else posted. If you like what that person had to say look at the words "retweeted by". After this you'll see the person's name. It won't look like a hot link but if you put your cursor over their name it will light up and you can click on it.

Read their bio and other comments, if you like what you see, click on the "follow" button.


Multi-Millionaire Entrepreneurs

These guys say, “I’m an entrepreneur and I’ve started a multi-million dollar business (or two).” Really? If so why have I never heard of you or either of your companies? I don’t follow these guys. Even if they are telling me the truth, this only lets me know they are braggers and gives me no information about their platform. How did you make your money? What exactly is it that you do besides con people making them think you have a secret to making millions? And of course you have to buy their book or pay to attend their e-seminar to get these secrets. It's usually a pyramid scam.

Simply telling me you’ve made a bundle of the green stuff doesn’t make me want to follow you and no, I’m not going to buy your book. Thank you very much.


Celebrities

I also don’t follow people just because they are famous. Most celebrities have nothing to say I want to hear and they don’t typically refollow because they are only interested in being heard. They make their living reading words a writer wrote, singing songs or playing games; this doesn’t make them interesting to listen to.

There are a few famous people I follow because they are my friends, entertaining or informative but Charlie Sheen and Lady Ga Ga are not on my list.


People I’m most apt to follow:

Writers- I don’t even have to be interested in what they write (providing it’s not a “how to be a millionaire” book). Most people who write for a living are going to be good at putting words together and often have interesting things to say even if I don’t dig their genre.

Writers tend to know about the latest in publishing and marketing techniques so they will typically have ideas I want to read.

Publishers, agents and editors- For obvious reasons I’m very interested in what any of these people have to say.

Foodies- I love to cook and collect good recipes so if a person has a food website I’ll usually follow them.

Comedians and funny people- I love to laugh so any humorists out there usually have my vote.


Give me your Twitter link-

In the comments box below leave me your Twitter address and I’ll check out your profile. If you are a writer I’ll add you just because, if not add it anyway and I still might add you. Even though this article sounds like I’m picky, I read a wide range of things so you just might be someone I’d like to talk to.


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    • BlissfulWriter profile image

      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Although I currently don't spend much time on Twitter, I think I should start doing more twittering for the new year. Great tips.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      BlissfulWriter, It's a great tool but also a great time waster so we have to be careful. I've gotten quite a few views from there.

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      These are really good tips. I am bookmarking this. Thank you for the tips. Great hub. voted up and very useful.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, tarajeyaram.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, they were very useful

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Glad to help, sabrani44.

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      ajayshah2005 5 years ago from Mid Asia

      very useful tips. I am going to follow some of your tips. Thanks for the great hub.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Great twitter tips, Pamela. I never thought of searching hashtags to find interesting followers and think I'll give it a try. I really love twitter and find it useful in so many ways. Following journalists and political activists lets me find out about events before even CNN knows. I have two accounts. One for politics (@p2packrat) and one generic account (@pinkpackrat) for fun stuff. Great hub-- voted up and awesome

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi I spend a lot of time on Twitter sometimes to my detriment but generally i enjoy looking for links for interesting ideas and prospective content for future blogs etc.

      great Hub

      @BarryRutherford

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ajayshah2005, Glad I could be helpful.

      Roble2, It's worked for me so far. I have had my account for a few months now but made a resolution to work more on marketing and building up my Twitter account is a good way to do that.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Barry, it is habit forming. Another thing I forgot to mention is that I put in a search occasionally for HubPages and have found several hubbers that way.

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Great tips for adding new followers Pamela, have book marked this for reference even though I have been using twitter quite some time now. Being careful who you follow is a great tip and one I'll be implementing.

      @bynackmor

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Brian, thanks for reading. I'll add you to my list.

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      fayyasbabu 5 years ago

      Great tips.. Very interesting..

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      themespotter 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      Great hub! Thanks.

      @themespotter

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You wrote about very good ways to get the right kind of followers. Very useful Hub. I use Twitter to tweet my Hubs when I publish so people who are not on HubPages can still follow me. That's one good reason why Hubbers should use Twitter. @Glenn_Stok

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Glenn, I've been getting about two dozen a day using this technique, that adds up after a while.

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      Chuck Bluestein 5 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      You can create lists within Twitter of people that have certain interests in common. Then you can look at that list anytime that you want.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Chuck, I'm still learning how Twitter works so I haven't checked out lists or done much with my profile yet. That is something I plan to do this year. So far I've worked on building my following and have done well with that even though I have a boring page.

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      https://twitter.com/#!/ChelseaLangan Great info!!! Read the whole thing. And I feel the same way about your follow guidelines. Thanks!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, chelseacharleston. I'll look you up on Twitter.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting hub about Twitter.

      Yes I find it very useful for getting readers to my hubs too. I read from another hubber that if you use this #hubpages after your hub that you tweeted you might get online magazines and the like recommending your article to their followers.

      I have been put on a few lists by doing this and by using the # symbol for categories. The hubs I have written on autism, recipes, Doctor Who and Irish history have all been recommended this way.

      Also it helps when other hubbers re tweet my hubs to their followers and I do the same for them.

      @LMReidWriter

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Viking, there are so many ways we can use Twitter to help get more traffic to our articles and blogs. Today I found a site that helps reduce the size of a link so you can add more hashtags to your post. I'll go look you up on Twitter, thanks for reading.

      http://lb.vg/default.asp

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Pamela,

      Thank for sharing this with us about Twitter. I am new on Twitter and still learning. It might be because of my name on Twitter which is @2sweetnottolove, but then I have a photo of my Sweetie Angel, my Pomeranian, however, I get a lot of female followers who think I am a guy, because they use sexual words--and I block them.I had no idea that was allowed on Twitter. Well I am still learning and sometimes with a red face.

      Thanks,

      Bobbi

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Purvis, I've decided there are a lot of prostitutes on Twitter. I tweeted that yesterday. I get several everyday that sound like they are soliciting for sex. Some are deleted before I can check out their profile. I don't think it is allowed but just like everywhere else they try anyway. They don't even bother to see if it is a man or woman they are following.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Votes up Pamela. These are some great tips and advice. I don't spend much time there, but i will for sure bookmark this for refernce. Very well written.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, the lyricwriter. Glad I could help.

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      Pamela

      There is much nonsensical activity going on out there and it is best to stay away from dubious tactics promised by so called internet gurus and marketeers. Nothing beats a real and an organic following which may take many months to take shape.

      You've stripped bare some of the basics of getting engaging and interesting followers on Twitter. Nicely done! I'm sharing this.

      Princesswithapen

      @princeswitapen

      We already follow each other on Twitter.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the share, Princess. There is a lot of silliness on Twitter but also many professionals sharing their knowledge. I follow several great writers I read and get information from.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thanks for the tips...this is a great hub...

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, raciniwa.

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      THEHuG5 5 years ago

      Good article. I love using the hash tags and getting my friends to retweet my hubs. Other than that I'm not really active on twitter but it would be beneficial to be a bit more active I guess. I just like facebook better lol.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      There are so many social media sites to choose from we can't be everywhere at once but spreading our time around to the different ones helps our networking.

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Pamela,

      I am now on Twitter, if you still want my address it is:

      @2sweetnottolove

      Thanks,

      Bobbi

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Bobbi, I'll ad you.

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      Nizam Khan 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      Excellent Hub !

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      Max F 5 years ago

      @maxfullerrx

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      @thewisewabbit 5 years ago

      Hi, I really liked this page and thought that you know alot about this stuff, thanks.

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      Chuck Bluestein 5 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      The limit is you cannot follow more than 1,000 a day. I know this for sure since I have hit that limit a couple of times.

      https://twitter.com/#!/whizkid7

      You have to copy and paste my Twitter URL since the link does not include the whole thing.

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      Cameron 5 years ago

      Kirwan1994 media student and martial artist follow if you have something in common

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      justin mtoa 5 years ago

      @domus_vitae

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      Y u no guy 5 years ago

      @Y___U___NOOO

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      LankyProblems 5 years ago

      Follow me and laugh as you can compare yourself to real life scenarios! @lankyproblems

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      Dawn Gabriel 5 years ago

      I follow everybody, because even though some people can't write as well as others, they execel in other fields...everybody is an expert at something...why not find out what their the experts in and learn from the experts the shortcuts that might have taken them years to accumulate...which in turn can save you...what do I know...I'm not a writer...I only use one thumb at a time, because I like to put thought into every letter...but that's just me...

      ...sincerely,

      Dgo78

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Dawn, there are a lot of fake profiles on Twitter so you have to be careful who you add. There are also a lot of prostitutes there and I'd rather not waste my feed on trash.

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Follow me @chriscatroppa

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      Arthur George Rettell jr. ( 5 years ago from AZ. STATE

      great i want some

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      matt 5 years ago

      @matththompson

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      man 5 years ago

      @WeHateElias

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      Layssa Hart 5 years ago

      Reallly liked the advice in this post. I am a writer trying to get my head around the social platforms stuff (God, my head really hurts!). Actually came loooking for advice on inserting a small graphic banner in a wordpress sidebar but apparently I need its HTML code? How do I get that?

      My twitter address is http://twitter.com/#!/layssahart

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Layssa, I wish I could help you but I'm HTML challenged. If you put in a search on Google you should find someone who is good at that stuff. I'll look for you on Twitter.

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      nikkiraeink 5 years ago from So. Cal.

      Hi Pamela,

      Great article! I've had a Twitter and HubPages account for awhile but have let them go dormant. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things to really kick up my writing career. This article really helped. Thank you!

      @nikkiraeink

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Nice to meet you, Nikki. Good luck with your writing.

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      Jason S 5 years ago

      @ourstupidjokes

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      gamermonkey 5 years ago

      I found this really helpful since I don't have many people following me just yet. Feel free to check out my hubs and blogs!

      @gamermonkey126

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I'm so glad I came across your article - fantastic article! Thanks for sharing this information - helpful and well written :)

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Love your avatar, gamermonkey. I added you and will look at your articles. Thanks for reading.

      MelChi, I hope you found it helpful, thanks for stopping by.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I'm @thatgrrl on Twitter.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, That Grrl. I'll look for you on Twitter.

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      Hithereguys 5 years ago

      Just got twitter so I have no followers...@chuckles40

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Hitherguys, I hope these tips are helpful. I enjoy Twitter, it's a great place to meet people, learn new things and be heard.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for the tips. I´m new in twitter so I´m still learning. I don´t follow everybody who follow me. They have to have something that interest me. Voted up and shared.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      What is your Twitter link, Thelma?

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      Tina 5 years ago

      @clvbabyyy I am an aspiring writer and im not just saying that .hope to get the follow Hope

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      @aar0nsimps0n 4 years ago

      follow me!

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      Brandon 4 years ago

      Great tips! I agree with most of them...

      Follow me: @bgilliland94

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      @Mr12G 4 years ago

      thanks for the info...

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      EdgeofDesire 4 years ago

      Loved this! Couple of ideas I hadn't thought of but will definitely be using in the near future. Can't wait to follow some of the others mentioned in the comments!

      @Reesha86

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      @Sir_AndrewGavin 4 years ago

      Thanks for the help I will definitely try these methods

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      maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

      Though i hardly use my twitter account, you made to re-think about using my twitter account.........

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Being Twitter challenged, I plan to put your tips here to use posthaste. Thank you.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Mel.

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      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      Hi! Pamela, I voted you twitter genius for this.!.

      This is awesome..l..

      Thank you Pam:)

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love Twitter. Thanks, Raitu.

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      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      See you on twitter!

      I used the same name:)

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