Another Twitter Tips Post… this time on followers and what to do if you need to “manage” them.
The key to Twitter success is to get lots of followers – and interact with them. But first things first…
How do you GET all those followers? Mostly by following the people you want to follow you back. Some do, and some don’t. And here’s the thing… Twitter lets you only follow so many more than follow you. So you need to be able to unfollow some of the people you followed who don’t follow you back so that you can follow others who WILL follow you back.
It’s all about reciprocity after all.
So how do you know?
Easy. Just go to the section with the people you’re following — and everyone who has the “private message” sign next to their name is following you. Anyone who doesn’t have that sign is not following you back.
Now don’t go and unfollow them all right then and there. You usually start looking in the newest area, and so they may not have had time to follow you back yet. But if it’s been a couple of weeks, you may want to unfollow them.
There’s also a cool tool that makes the whole managing followers thing even easier:
You can see at a glance who is NOT following you back, and then you can decide for each one whether to unfollow them.
There is also a way to find out who is inactive and who is tweeting in a foreign language, and you can unfollow those too.
And all this is available completely free of charge.
If you’re willing to pay a bit, you can get a whole bunch of extra features, including finding targeted people to follow.
About unfollowing all those who are not following you back. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Give them some time to follow you. The tool sorts them in the order you followed them, so start unfollowing them from the oldest to the newest.
Also, if you want to be able to “refollow” them, here’s what I do:
I create a (secret) list that says something like “Follow later” and add them to that list. So when I’m ready and I can afford a few non-followers, I follow them again.
I find it quite effective in managing my Twitter followers.
And if you’d like to learn more power tricks to grow your Twitter account and use it for growing your business too, you may want to check out my favorite Twitter Success resource!