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Challenge #33 – twitter friends

Every time you log into twitter, it wisely suggests people similar to you to follow. You most likely get new follower notifications everyday. Unlike Facebook, anyone can follow you – no permission needed. I do recommend you screen your followers. I’m not sure what twitter does to people but there seems to be many ladies whose tumble dryer shrinks their clothing dramatically! You can block and report.

So then what? Do you simply follow back?

The first hurdle we all need to cross is the 2000 barrier. To prevent spamming, you cannot follow over 2000 people until 2000 people follow you. I’m still not quite there! So each month I have to scan the people I’ve followed and clean up my list by unfollowing those who have become inactive or are no longer of interesting to me. I use a program called thetwitcleaner.  Select away and let it do it’s stuff.

Back to those new followers. What I tend to do is go look at their profile, maybe even click on their website link. If I find them of interest I’ll add them back and drop them straight in the relevant list! I then send them a quick message. Make this personal. Find an interesting fact and make comment. You’ll be amazed how this will open the doors of engagement.

Another unique feature of twitter is how easy it is to connect with people that you might never get to chat with. Point in question – @marismith. One of my favourite Facebook experts. We’ve had many interactions now and yet we’ve never met. I’ve done the same with Gary Vaynerchuk  @garyvee – he has close to a million followers! You’re so close to connecting when you’re on Twitter.

 

My 4th E in all of this is Effort. If you go that extra mile to connect personally and show you’ve spent time looking them up, you too can be a star in the Twittosphere!

Take 15 minutes each day, see who has followed you, research and follow back. Reply to EVERY comment and be grateful. My good friend @Kevinknebl truly is an expert at this. This was a message he sent @keithdobie. Keith was our 1000th Like and won a full copy of our Social Media DVD collection.

See you on Twitter? @jdgem

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