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How To Get More Followers On Twitter

Updated on September 6, 2014

How To Get Followers On Twitter

When you think about How To Get Followers On Twitter you just need to consider it's popularity to realise what a valuable resource it is for connecting with others in your areas of interest.

The number of people who access the Twitter service on a daily basis is growing all the time. The chances that some of those people will need your services at some point or another are high.

What follows are some simple ways that you can connect with more people and indeed potential clients via Twitter.

So read on and discover How To Get Followers on Twitter!

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How To Avoid Annoying People On Twitter!

Here are some tips to get more followers on Twitter and at the same time avoid annoying your Twitter followers:

1. Thank everyone who follows you, but don't give them a sales pitch in the process. That leaves a very bad taste as the first communication you have with your new follower.

Remember what your Mom said: "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." She was a smart cookie - listen to her advice. Make your thanks unique, honest and non-commercial.

2. Don't send stupid tweets. No, really. Listen to me on this one. If you send 10 tweets a day about how you are going to the store, walking your dog and washing your hair, you will lose followers, period. Don't do it. It makes your tweets seem like a really boring reality show.

3. Don't send excessive tweets, no matter what the topic. If you send endless tweets all day long, people will start avoiding your tweets and not read them.

You want your followers to hang on your every word, not treat you like a phone call from your annoying Cousin Julie (You know, the one you roll your eyes at when you see her name pop up on Caller ID. Admit it. I know you do.)!

4. Send interesting tweets. Send tweets that no one else does. Send tweets that your followers love. (Like my Doctor Who and Harry Potter tweets. Those are a hoot. It's okay. You can admit you want to follow me now just so you can get those.)

5. Let your list evolve naturally. Don't just add 1000 people in 2 days just because you can. It is far better and more productive to add smaller numbers and have more quality instead of thinking "bigger is better" - really. Having a large number of people you follow in a short time can be a red flag for people and the sign of a spammer.

Getting More Followers On Twitter

Here are a number of different ways to attract more followers on Twitter

1. Users Searching for a Specific Service

One way to gain new clients through the use of Twitter is when someone searches for a specific service they need. If someone comes to Twitter and does a search for a ghostwriter the chances of their search term containing those words is very high, right? So, why not create a page just for your writing services? You can make the username something with the term "ghostwriter" or "writing" in it.

2. Overflow from other Service Providers

The second way you can gain clients via Twitter is to network with other service providers in your niche. By following and interacting with these individuals you are allowing them to contact you should they need assistance with a big project or any overflow work that they don't have the time to handle themselves.

3. Service Providers Who Need Your Expertise

There are tons of business owners out there who are looking for your expertise to help them get their own business running smoothly. It's not uncommon to see an Internet marketer on Twitter who has spent all afternoon working on their website and asking for advice or direction on what they need to do to fix this or that. They would probably have been more than willing to hire you to do it for them instead of spending all day doing it themselves.

4. Other Twitter Users Stumbling Upon Your Profile

When people start using Twitter they are looking for like-minded individuals to follow and connect with. When they come across your profile for whatever reason and see that you provide a certain service, it might just remind them that they need help with something. Make sure you have your link readily available to them when they see your page.

5. Word of Mouth

By far the most common way to gain new clients via Twitter is through word of mouth. If your past or current clients are members of the Twitter community, chances are at some point or another they will talk about you and/or your business. Now there is a kick here. As with any other type of service, if yours is bad it's probably got a good chance of being brought up on Twitter. However, the same rings true for exceptionally great service. Provide your current clients with wonderful service and they will pass the word on about your business every chance they get.

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How to Find Your Targeted Market on Twitter

How To Find More Followers On Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking website. With that said, you can do much more than update your friends and family on the happenings in your life. In fact, Twitter is a great online marketing tool. Whether you are selling a product or service, you can use it to increase your sales.

Many wonder how it is possible to make money with Twitter. The service is free to use, but you don’t get paid for using it. As previously stated, you can make money if you sell a product or a service. This is because you develop a following on Twitter. These individuals are called followers, but they are also your friends or your contacts. Messages are sent throughout the system.

When using Twitter to market or sell a product or service, proceed with caution. You do not want to outright sell, as you may be labeled as a spammer. Instead, do so subtly. For example, do you run a website that sells eBooks? If so, your message could say “It took weeks, but my website is finally complete. I sell eBooks. Checkout the website and tell me if you like the format.” This gets people to your website, but without you technically soliciting a sale.

You can also use @replies to market a website selling eBooks, or any other product or service. Say you receive a message that says “I wish there was an easier way to learn about making money online. There are so many websites to visit.” You can respond with “Hey, I have a website that has an eBook for sale on working from home. It has all the information you need in one place.” Since you are responding to a message, your aren’t outright spamming Twitter members.

As you can see, there are multiple ways for you to use Twitter as an internet marketing tool and to improve your profits. The only problem is you must first develop a list of followers. Yes, your close friends and family are a good start, but they may already know all about your business and what you sell. That is why you need to expand your horizons, but how do you do so?

First, it is important to determine your targeted market. If you sell eBooks on a wide range of subjects, you will have a wide market. If you sell used kids clothes on eBay, your target market will include parents, and so forth. Once you know who your targeted market it, it is easier to find these individuals on Twitter.

As for how you can do so, the easiest approach is to join online communities. In keeping with selling kids clothes online. Join message boards for parents. Start conversations with other members. After a few days, make a post stating that you are a member of Twitter and are looking for other contacts. Say you want people to follow you on Twitter, but that you will follow them too. Not only do you get followers, but you get those in your targeted market.

Next, you can turn to the Twitter website itself. From the main page, you can click the “Find People,” link. Search for members with profiles online. You can search by location or name. Quickly scan a profile to see if a bio is present. If so, read it. What is the person interested in? Are they are parent, pet owner, or do you see other signs that classify them as a member of your target market? If so, make contact. This approach is time consuming, but it does work.

Finally, it is important to know how updates are sent. Although private updates are allowed, many Twitter members send updates to everyone on their contact list. If a reply is sent and not privately, you can see it. This allows you to see the name of other Twitter members. Become a follower. If the person you are now adding is a friend or family member of someone in your targeted market, they may share similar interests.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Thanks for this information! I will bookmark this page :)

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      TonfaGuy 4 years ago

      My wife is a full time twitter promoter for business in London.

      You'd be amazed how twitter boosts their businesses.

      I don't really understand it though..!!

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      Bexley 4 years ago

      I've never learned how to use my twitter account effectively, so your advice is very useful. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tracy Gibb 4 years ago

      Very informative!

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      kristenodesign 4 years ago

      One of the better twitter lenses I have read. Thank you!

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      topgameslist lm 5 years ago

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Great information to increase twitter followers, Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Still trying to figure Twitter out. I'll have to keep at it.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Nice presentation here! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      HumanFactorsAdvocate 5 years ago

      Finding the audience and knowing what keywords to use is critical, but I don't seem to be able to conquer that barrier to get more followers. I could put my twitter account on LinkedIn, but I don't know how professional that is. I mostly tweet about things that I'd put on my blog, which is already on LinkedIn, so it seems redundant. But I believe I'm going to try it and I'll let you know if I get any more followers on Twitter/Blog this way.

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      I don't understand Twitter, I fail to see how you can convey a message of substance or value in only 140 characters. As a pure social tool it makes sense but I'm not so sure it makes business sense. It just seems out of place. Am going to have to think about your information here and how I can use it. Thanks

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      I began using an account that I rarely use. I am trying to gain a better understanding of it's use and purpose. thanks so very much for your lense.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I'm not much of a twitter user but I do like to follow fellow squidooers on twitter. :)

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice lens, but sorry I am not a twitter fan!

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      parmaggie 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. I'm new to all this stuff, twitter, squidoo, internet marketing, you name it, I'm new to it. I read a lot of lenses or blogs on how to do things because I have "no clue".

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      @pkmcruk: That makes sense. Thanks pkmcr, this is very useful!

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      pkmcr 5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @Mistl: Thanks for taking the time to comment and ask a great question which I really appreciate. You will find that people will be flattered rather than annoyed at being following by someone who is genuinely interested in what they have to say. In terms of "make contact" I mean tweet at them :-) Perhaps something along the lines of "like your thoughts on ......" or "I have had a similar experience using ......" or whatever is appropriate for the individual.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Regading the last one. Will people not hate getting followed by a stranger out of the blue? In your last section when you say "make contact" do you mean tweet at them or following them?

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      nice lens. thanks for sharing

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      It is very interesting and complicated

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      Laine09 5 years ago

      Thanks for that

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      jholland 5 years ago

      Thanks for some great tips on using Twitter. I am still trying to find the time to really grow my Twitter accounts.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      I opened an account about a month ago and feel overwhelmed because it feels like so much work. Thanks for the info but I think my first step is to be more organized overall.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm still learning the ins and outs of Twitter. I just recently opened an account. I do look for others in my niche, and am slowly gaining a following. Thanks for the tips. I will put them into action.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing! I'm hoping these ideas help increase my followers.

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      candleandblue 5 years ago

      Great advice, have put a couple of points in action. Thanks.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      learned some here thanks thumbs up!!!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I have a Twitter account, but I don't use it much...maybe I should start! :)

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      MariePalmer LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      this is going to help me a great deal. I still don't know how to use Twitter and Facebook properly for marketing purposes. Bookmarked for reference, thanks!!

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      angelniki 5 years ago

      thanks for the help i had a fair idea already and i appreciate what you wrote here thank you :)

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      Nancy Oram 5 years ago

      Just yesterday I was looking for this information, then ran into it today! Thanks!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for this very helpful advice. Appreciated.

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      James Trageser 5 years ago from Thomasville, PA

      Excellent Lens! A+++

      Thank you for sharing such an awesome heap of Twitter Resources with us!

      Have a great and prosperous 2012!

      - James :)

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      romance-network 5 years ago

      that's a great way to get twitter followers.

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      casquid 5 years ago

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      starhasee 5 years ago

      Excellent lens , thank you!

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      mytraveldiary 5 years ago

      nowadays, twitter has become a very powerful marketing weapon. Many people are looking at how to get twitter followers quickly. You have shared about how to become famous twitter users. By sharing an interesting tweet and be user friendly, will make many people want to be your follower. Excellent lens!

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      Todayhaspower LM 6 years ago

      Twitter is awesome and accounts for aqbout 40% of my traffic. Making connections by retweeting and mentioning is definitely a win/win. Excellent lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great! i learnt a lot, and am about to practise as you teach. hope that i can get good results. thank you~

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Excellent lens - some very good tips. Thank you.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Just the kind of info I was looking for - since I started a new Twitter account only days ago. With my first one I noticed that once the number of my followers grew over a certain point, I didn't have to do anything any more to get new ones. They just keep coming, daily. :)

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      tipsyquo 6 years ago

      intresting follow me :P

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm @bigscarlett on The Twitter. (I know, I know.) Love the recommendation to send out trivia. I can do that!

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      AmyTK9 6 years ago

      Thank you for posting this! Great Lens!

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      webvolutionseo 6 years ago

      Great tips on how to get more followers!

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      It was great to see your reply on twitter because it means your really are a real user and an active person. Thanks

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      MustangHistory 6 years ago

      Thank you.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Excellent tips and resources for learning to harness to the power of Twitter. I used Twitter several times a week to update new content on my blog.

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      ukimpro 6 years ago

      @seobounty: I find it best to follow people who are on a similar scale to you - following someone with 60,000 followers and your just another number, follow someone with 6 followers and you become their friend.

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      seobounty 6 years ago

      Follow people/topics you are interested it and engage and interact in everything that interests you. Also, follow people who have the same likes as you and there is a great chance, they will follow you back.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      good information, great lens Thanks, RWJR

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      manchester lm 6 years ago

      Great Lens!

      I think one thing that definitely helps with getting followers is being followable... updating often and updating with interesting/funny/entertaining material.

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      kopitozie 6 years ago

      Great and usefull a lot information here

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      AceofHearts 6 years ago

      Thanks for solving a great mystery!

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      I would also recommend Twiends to get more followers. They have been helpful for us.

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      JamesAffiliates 6 years ago

      Great Twitter info, will help me a lot in my marketing!

      Thanks,

      james

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      VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

      I'm going to save this one in my favorites. Thank you for the solid advice!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I have to spend more time on Twitter, you gave me some nice ideas. Thanky ou!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      sudeku 6 years ago

      Twitter can also make money

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Good advice here

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      AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

      Great lens to start tweeting..

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing these great tips to get followers on Twitter. I just noticed today that I have 1000 follower, but it has taken a while.

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      thommo1962 6 years ago

      I`m getting the idea about what twitter is all about.

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      IvoryPearl 6 years ago

      This lens has opened my eyes to more ways to get more out of my twitter account...thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a nice stuff for learner about online marketinog. Thank you for this type of informations publishing for the online readers. Looking for more stuff in future.

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      DevBlue 6 years ago

      Your lens was helpful for me who has just joined Twitter. Thank you.

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      dfrye1 6 years ago

      I like facebook and love squidoo but twitter I just never understood. I appreciate your article. I have a much better grasp on twitter and will be incorporating twitter into my business workflow. Thank you for this valuable information...

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      Your lenses are like mini twitter library. Just love'em. THUMBS UP

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent information. Twitter is developing in some interesting ways lately. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of years.

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      bizgrrl 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Good stuff! I'm careergirltweet :)

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens! thanks

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      Chrisbbeliever 6 years ago

      I would be thankful and happy if I have more twitter followers like thousands

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      Quality_Clicks 6 years ago

      Nice article, I'll be sure to apply this @ScottDunroe

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      MoonMaa 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Twitter can be a productive marketing tool if done correctly.

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      greencurator 6 years ago

      Having a lot of twitter followers would really come in handy when you have articles and products to share. This will be just a dream if you don't find any effective means of accumulating twitter followers. Thanks for sharing you lens.

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      DTalksAll LM 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips. I'm still getting the hang of twitter

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      KateW39 6 years ago

      I am still learning how to twit effectively. This is a uselful lens.

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      Pnorway 6 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      Dawn Michael 6 years ago from Thousand Oaks

      Twitter is a great way to draw traffic and it does take time but if you put the effort out it comes, slowly..lol great article

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have to admit to being one of the people that held off using Twitter for a long time, and I still only use Facebook for personal messages. I am finding that I get a bit of traffic through using hashtags in my tweets, and I like to retweet messages from people like Tony Robbins and anything else that I think my followers may find interesting. Great info in this lens. *SquidAngel Blessed*

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      NdulgentBloggrs 6 years ago

      very helpful - thanks!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Excellent lens! I lensrolled this one and your other twitter lens to my Twitter Tools lens!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      This is great, Twitter can be gold if it is used properly... I think only 20% does...

      So a lot to learn about SMO...

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I really do not employ Twitter enough yet - shame on me. Thanks for the tips and advice.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting information.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Yeah, still not sure how it really gets you traffic... at least effective traffic.

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      rurzag 6 years ago

      twitter, like every other communication channel. but twitter has huge audience!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lots of great stuff here, I am going to have to study it more

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      wecomparebooks 6 years ago

      I've enough followers on twitter. Now i need an idea of of getting rid of this:p. anyway, thanks for sharing this to all.

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      TheSEOmo 6 years ago

      Great common sense advice on getting more twitter followers. I can't help myself though, I will always send stupid tweets.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Communication is key. Thanks for the tips,

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You sure have a gift for sharing the right way to get things done! This is a great service lens for everyone to gain something from. Another purple star, another excellent lens!

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      I called by. Hope my little visit and click, click, clicking (thumbs up, favorite, & facebook liking) helped you stay in the top tier. Ciao for now!

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      AllyVuitton 6 years ago

      Thanks, never thought of thanking any of my followers!