Ways to Get More Twitter Followers

Increase Your Twitter Followers with These Quick Tips

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When someone is deciding whether to follow you on Twitter, there's usually a moment's glance at your follower count. Like most measures of popularity, a high number of Twitter followers tells people that you're likable, influential and noteworthy.

In this way, gathering more Twitter followers is like a cycle; the more followers you have, the more you get. Use these strategies to jump-start your Twitter follower count.

Upgrade Your Avatar

Your Twitter profile photo should give people an up-close view of your face or a reflection of your personality. For example, a photo of you fishing is just as good an image as a headshot. However, if you plan on attending offline tweetups, use an image that people can use to identify you when you're face to face.

Check Who to Follow Recommendations

When you follow people on Twitter, they often follow you back as a courtesy. Based on the people you follow, Twitter generates a personalized Who to Follow screen and populates it with people it thinks share your interests. Pick a few people to follow from the Who to Follow screen. They won't all follow you back but some probably will. Check back regularly. The recommendations change as your follower "mix" changes.

Introduce Yourself Subtly

When you follow new people, browse their feed and find a tweet you can respond to immediately. By responding to their tweets, they recognize that you're paying attention and often follow you back. Don't be pushy; just show interest.

Add a Follow Button to Your Website

If you have a website, the best way to turn existing fans into Twitter followers is by adding a Follow button to your website. If you have a Facebook page, post a link to your Twitter profile there. The Follow button lets people follow your Twitter account directly from your website or any website where you install the button.

Attend a Tweetup

Tweetups are face-to-face networking events for Twitter followers. Many metropolitan areas have regular Twitter get-togethers where local tweeters meet for drinks or a social media event. Find your local tweet-up organizer — Boston Tweetup, for example — and attend an event or enter #tweetup in the Twitter search bar for a list of upcoming events. Giving face time in the real world and tweeting from the tweetup with a designated hashtag is a fast road to more Twitter followers.

Ask for Retweets

Research shows that the most-retweeted posts often include the phrase "please retweet" or "pls RT" in it. When you are retweeted, your tweets show up in front of hundreds — sometimes thousands — more people, which results in more followers.

Join Tweet Chats

A tweet chat creates an enormously interactive conversation around a single hashtag. Joining a tweet chat is a quick way to make new friends and get retweets on your most witty tweets. You can engage in a chat directly through Twitter or use a service like TweetChat.com. Several websites, such as TweetReports, post lists of upcoming Tweet Chats if you want to browse topics and see when they are scheduled.

@ Authors of Articles You Tweet

To get more people in front of your tweet, make them a part of it When you post an article, look up the author's Twitter name and add something like, "Great article @username." Not only can this earn you a follow from the author but you may score a retweet to the author's followers, increasing your chances of stacking up those numbers.

Seek out Conversations

Put Advanced Twitter Search to good use. With this tool, you can search for people who talk about topics that you're an expert in. Look for people who have used the question mark, which signifies they asked a question. Perhaps you can answer it and gain a follower. If you're going local, search for people in your locale and look for common community interest.