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Learn How To Gain New Followers on Twitter In Two Easy Steps! Free and Guaranteed!

Credit goes to Joshua’s comment on the previous post for sparking the idea of writing this brief article. Joshua said:

The only way to follow more people is to increase your account followers. But, what can you do in order to increase your followers if you are stuck at one of the Twitter thresholds without dumping a lot of people who aren’t following you? Why don’t you write up a follow on article with that as the focus? I would love to know your thoughts…

The question, “How do I increase my followers if I am stuck at one of Twitter’s following limits,” assumes that the only, or the best way to gain more followers is through following more people yourself.

That is an incorrect assumption. It is a pity that some folks are teaching others that this is the way to gain more followers, because it completely distorts what Twitter is about.

Twitter is a social platform, and by definition, social means interaction.

So, here is the free and guaranteed process to gain more followers on Twitter.

1. Participate in the conversation.

That means, actually read what others (those whom you are following) are saying, and compliment, add to, or comment on what they are saying.

Your purpose for getting more followers is so that they will read what you tweet, correct?

So why on earth would you expect them to read what you tweet, if you are not willing to read what others tweet?

If everyone just wanted others to read what they tweeted, Twitter will morph into one massive megaphone where everyone is shouting and nobody is listening.

2. Induce others to compliment, add to, or comment on what YOU are saying.

You will never accomplish this if all you do is tweet your teeth whitening affiliate links.

You can only do this by thoughtful and helpful tweets, in other words, tweets that make other people feel good, tweets that they find interesting, and tweets that they find helpful.

This step is absolutely required because…

People voluntarily follow others whom they find interesting.

But, not only do they voluntarily follow you, they also voluntarily reply to you and voluntarily retweet your tweets.

And that is where the viral power of Twitter kicks in!

Every time that they reply to you, THEIR followers get to see your Twitter username, and every time they retweet you, their followers get to see your Twitter username and your tweet.

Most people are curious and will check out your profile, if they notice that someone they are following is finding you interesting. And if they like your profile, they will follow you.

Now, does this mean you need to be glued to your Twitter web interface 24 x 7? Absolutely not. You must be physically present for Step #1, participating in the conversation. But, for Step #2 you can easily use the tweet scheduling feature of TweetLater to compose your tweets, and post them even when you cannot be physically in front of your computer. Most people do not appreciate it when one person dominates their Twitter stream with a barrage of tweets. You can use our free scheduling engine to spread out your gems throughout the day.

It is not how you publish your tweet that matters, it is what you say in your tweet that matters. Great content will get reaction, and useless content will silently disappear into electronic oblivion, regardless of how you got it into your Twitter timeline.

Lastly, if your idea of interesting is the posting of quotes, please pry that idea loose and cast it into the outer regions of the universe. Quotes are completely overused on Twitter. Besides, people do not want to hear from Einstein, Twain, or Confucius.

People want to hear from YOU. That is why they followed you in the first place.

Best regards,

Dewald Pretorius
Owner of TweetLater.com

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Why TweetLater Doesn't Offer Catch-Up Or Friends/Follower Sync Features

We often get requests from users who want to know if we can run a script on their Twitter accounts that will go back in time and follow everyone that follows them, and unfollow everyone that does not follow them. In essence, sync-up their Friends with their Followers.

Here’s why we don’t offer that feature. It’s important to read this so that you don’t get your Twitter account into trouble.

I recently discovered that our @tweetlater account was in “restricted” status in the Twitter system. Everything appeared to be working normally on the account, except that its tweets were not being indexed by Twitter Search. I thought it was a bug in Twitter Search, and when I submitted an API support ticket, I was informed that it was because @tweetlater was in “restricted” status.

Until recently @tweetlater was not following anyone, except @spam. Folks were raising questions about why @tweetlater was not following anyone. So, I decided to run a sync script that simply took the list of existing followers, and followed everyone of them back. In other words, @tweetlater’s Friends count went from 1 to 6,000+ in a matter of 30 minutes or so. This was before Twitter implemented the “you can only follow 1,000 new people per day” rule.

At no time during that sync process did @tweetlater follow anyone that was not already a follower, and at no time did the Friends count exceed the Followers count.

And yet, this appeared to have flagged the @tweetlater account for “aggressive follow behavior”.

I might be wrong, but in my opinion this was a completely legitimate exercise and action on my @tweetlater account. Apparently the Twitter system did not think so.

The moral of this story is the following.

Think two or three times before you do any kind of sync or catch-up on your Twitter account. It’s more than likely to put your Twitter account in jeopardy.

I have been holding back on adding a sync feature to TweetLater because a few weeks ago I sent an email to Twitter asking whether it would cause trouble. The last thing I want to do is offer a feature that will get people’s Twitter accounts suspended.

I still have not received a reply to that email, but this issue with @tweetlater has basically confirmed my suspicions and vindicated my caution.

^DP

Update April 22 9:00 PM EST — This matter has now been resolved. I want to express my gratitude and thanks to the Twitter team. I am truly amazed at their responsiveness and helpfulness, despite the fact that their workload must warrant 48 hours in a day.

Learn Why The Death Of Auto-DMs Is Greatly Exaggerated

A lot has been said lately about automated Twitter direct messages that are sent through third-party applications, such as TweetLater. One of our competitors went as far as publicly taking a stand and removing the sending of DMs from their service offering.

TweetLater will continue to offer its users the ability to send DMs to their followers and here is why.

Are Auto DMs Spam?

Whether it is an email or a DM, it is not spam when you have explicitly opted-in to receive that type of communication from the sender.

“I hear you, but I did not opt-in to receive auto-DMs from TweetLater,” you say.

Mmm… let’s pause for a second and consider the facts.

Fact #1:

By virtue of the way Twitter works, you explicitly grant a person permission to send you DMs when you follow someone. So, it is clear that by following someone, you opt-in to receive DMs from that person.

There is no qualifier where you can specify that you want to receive only a certain kind, type, or class of DM.

Hence, any DM you receive from someone you follow is not spam, because you have specifically authorized that person to send you DMs.

Fact #2:

TweetLater never ever just traverses the Twitterverse and willy-nilly sends DMs to anybody it can find. That’s just simply something we do not do and will never do.

TweetLater only acts on very specific instructions from its users.

A user would come to our website and instruct TweetLater as follows: “Send this text as a DM to everyone who follows me from this point forward.”

In other words, it should be very clear that TweetLater sends the DMs on behalf of real human beings, who have explicitly instructed the system to act on their behalf.

And you are following that same person. Hence, that is why you are receiving the DM. It’s as if the person herself had sent the DMs to all new followers from the Twitter web interface, except that the person chose to use TweetLater to automate that particular task.

It is no different from Aweber sending autoresponder emails on behalf of its users to people who have explicitly opted-in to receive emails from the respective list owners.

Why Do People Send Auto DMs?

Use #1

First and foremost, it’s a matter of convenience and of saving time to spend on other things.

Many people want to send DMs to their new followers as a show of appreciation that the person decided to follow them.

From Day One that TweetLater started offering the welcome message service, here is how we advised members, right below the checkbox where the welcome message is enabled:

Best Practise: The message should not be about you, it should be about your follower and your future interaction with your follower.

Write a very simple welcome message. If you really want folks to unfollow you, then try and sell them something with this first welcome message. Very few people like that. Be careful even if you’re giving away something for free. The purpose of this message is to say hello and welcome. Most people take a dim view of you when you do any kind of self-promotion with this message. If your message smells remotely like, “Hi, thanks for the follow, now buy my stuff or do something that will benefit me or check out how cool I am,” then you really are misusing this welcome message. Don’t send what you wouldn’t like to receive from others.

Some members follow the advice, some don’t.

We have zero sympathy for any member who sends out a blatant self-promotional welcome message and loses followers as a result.

Use #2

More and more businesses and other organizations are starting to use Twitter, and to them the auto-DM is a very efficient way to communicate with people who have an interest in what they do.

TweetLater proudly serves a number of Twitter users that have 50,000+ followers, and those users are making very effective use of the auto-DMs.

Why Are You Receiving So Many Auto DMs?

You are receiving many auto DMs for one reason only: Because you are following many new people every day.

Now, we understand that it can become tedious and frustrating when you receive scores of “Hello, look at my site,” or “Hi, how are you, now please buy my shit,” auto DMs. You need to ask yourself whether you really want to follow people who have that kind of attitude.

There also are people who use automated scripts or services to find and follow people. Others participate in some of the follower-building pyramid schemes that are floating around from time to time.

These services and schemes help you do one thing: Follow more people with the hope that more will follow you back and consequently boost the number of people who follow you. If that’s your game, then we have very little sympathy for you if you receive many auto DMs. You’re walking right past the most powerful benefit of Twitter without even knowing it.

The real power of Twitter lies not in who and how many follow you, but in what you can learn from and how you can connect with the people you follow. Begin to understand that, and you’ll see how silly it is to play a “get more followers” numbers game.

It is with this in mind that we built our TweetCockpit product, which is part of TweetLater Professional. It’s extremely powerful in helping you discover new things, and learn from and connect with others.

If You Don’t Like Them, What Can You Do About Auto DMs?

We understand if you don’t like receiving auto DMs.

Just as our users have a right to automate some of their repetitive tasks, so you have a right to decide that you do not want to receive any auto DMs that TweetLater sends on behalf of its users.

Hence, we have created for you an extremely easy way to tell us to stop sending you any DMs that our users, who you chose to follow, have automated with us. All you need is your Twitter account. You don’t need to register an account with TweetLater to opt-out of auto DMs.

We provide this opt-out mechanism out of respect for your right to choose. We don’t see it as means to artificially inflate the number of TweetLater users.

Anybody in the Twitterverse can opt-out.

Some folks do opt-out, but the funny thing is, we frequently get Help Desk tickets from people who want us to remove them from the opt-out list.

Conclusion

Folks, whether you like auto DMs or not, they are going to be around. There is nothing evil about a DM that is sent by automated means on behalf of and on the explicit instruction of a Twitter user.

Can they be misused? Absolutely. Simply unfollow those who misuse them. They will very quickly get the message.

Can they be used very effectively? Absolutely!

Written by:

Dewald Pretorius
http://twitter.com/dewaldp