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Posts Tagged ‘Followers’

Opinion: Why Twitter Needs To Clamp Down On Fake Followers, Now

Guess how many Twitter followers I have? Go on, take a guess! As of this week, I’m sitting at 2,102.

Whether that number seems pitifully small or astoundingly large to you, the fact is I earned each and every one of those followers.

Now, if I was on Twitter just to get more followers (which is a bad, bad strategy), I could have 21,020 followers. Or even 210,200 followers… within a matter of days. If I really wanted more followers, I could get them. Right now.

But those followers would be fake accounts, useful only as a shallow badge of “honor” that I could brag about and use to impress potential clients or competitors. And herein lies the danger of fake accounts: they’re shallow, useless, and ultimately they damage the brand credibility of every single one of us who actually works hard to build up a genuine – and real – following on Twitter.

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Social Media 201Starting October 13, Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 left off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

5 Ways To Stand Out On Twitter

You can use Twitter to sell a product, to create your brand or to become part of a community of experts – but if you don’t stand out from the crowd, you’ll quickly get frustrated. Increasing your follower count, and keeping them engaged, is all about adding something new to a conversation and making yourself heard. Here’s five ways to stand out on Twitter that you can implement today.
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The Essential Twitter Dictionary

Whether you’re a Twitter power user or a nervous neophyte, there are some words you’ve just got to know in order to interact on Twitter. We’ve compiled the essential Twitter dictionary so you can tweet with confidence, @mention frequently, and sift through your followers and friends without getting them mixed up.

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How To Increase Your Twitter Follower Count By Writing Less

It might not be intuitive, but it’s true: you’re likely to get more followers if you write less on Twitter.

That’s not to say that one tweet a day will suffice, or that one a week is good enough – your market, goals and audience will determine the “sweet spot” of how many tweets per day is optimal, and you’ll discover this number over time using trial and error. But for those of you who want to get started growing your follower account today, here’s how to increase your Twitter follower count by writing less.
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The One Thing You Can Do On Twitter That Will Drive All Your Followers Away

It might sound ironic, but the absolute worst thing you can do on Twitter if you’re looking for more followers is to ask for them. Begging for followers is a favorite pastime of scammers, spammers and many of the uninitiated, and it will drive your followers away faster than begging for money.
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How To Tell If Someone Has A Fake Follower Count

If you’re relatively new to Twitter, you might still believe in the “rule of high followers”: if someone has thousands of followers, they must be interesting enough to follow.

But those of us who are a bit more battle weary will think twice about admiring a high follower count. We know that it’s easy to artificially inflate, making that user look like one-to-follow when they’re really a dud.

Here’s how to spot a fake follower count.
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Which Paralympics Athletes Got The Most Twitter Followers?

The Paralympics closing ceremony – which featured Coldplay and Rihanna playing out the Games – was a hit with viewers this week, many of whom took to Twitter to discuss the eleven day event.

And, just like the Olympics before them, the Paralympics created a handful of digital stars out of its top athletes. So which athletes got the most social media love?
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10 Ways To Build A Large, Quality Following On Twitter

While we’ve said many times that follower count means less on Twitter than influence, followers are still an integral part of a successful Twitter presence.

If you’re looking to grow your follower count in a sustainable, meaningful way, here are 10 tips to get you started.
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Which Companies Have The Most Fake Followers On Twitter? [STUDY]

Last week a little app called Fakers by Status People was launched, allowing anyone to check out how many of their Twitter followers are real and how many are bots, spam or just plain fake.

Business Insider liked the idea of testing for fakers, and took it one step further: they analysed the top companies on Twitter to see which ones were followed by the most fake accounts.

Curious to see which big names in business are all fluff when it comes to Twitter? Read on for the results.
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Twilight Becomes First Movie To Reach 1 Million Followers On Twitter

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Twilight movies have made an indelible mark on pop culture… a mark (or stain) that’s now spread to Twitter.
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