By Clifford Woods
Let’s face it. Twitter has become much more than a social media tool.
Businesses use it also for marketing, promotion, etc. Where can you go wrong if you have a million followers?
Here is Part 3 and final installment of some very key ways to get more followers for you on Twitter.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in this case it just needs to be worth 140 characters. Everyone likes to look at pictures, and Twitter users are no different. Take the image of the US Airways flight 1549 that famously crashed into the Hudson River in January 2009. That image was posted and reposted on Twitter more than 350,000 times. If you were one of the early posters, then you had a good chance of picking up a lot of followers. If you’re on the go and you have an iPhone, use applications like Tweetie and Twitterific to upload pictures wherever you are.
Link your account
If you’re connected enough to have a Twitter account, then chances are you use all kinds of other Internet outlets. You need to use every one of these to help promote your Twitter account. Post your Twitter information on your Facebook page. Post it on your blog. If you have accounts with Digg or a resume profile on LinkedIn, use those as well. You should even include your Twitter information as part of your e-mail signature. These are all essentially free ways to advertise whatever you bring to the Twitter table. Combine this method with some or all of the other nine tricks and you’ll be one step ahead in trying to lure followers to your account.
This social media micro-blogging service that allows users to send messages to large groups of people all at once has officially become an Internet sensation. Users of all stripes, from your average Joe to big-time celebrities, have embraced the medium as a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and fan bases. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the system — all you really need is a free account and a cell phone. Or maybe it’s the ease with which you can send messages to tens of thousands of people. Celebrities like it because they can avoid the pitfalls of the traditional media outlets and deliver information straight from the horse’s mouth. The messages, called tweets, can only be 140 characters long, so perhaps the popularity is due to the lack of serious commitment that running a Web site or blog entails.
Any way you slice it, Twitter has become a big hit. Actor Ashton Kutcher made headlines in 2009 when he became the first account holder to gain one million followers. If you signed up for Twitter today, you’d likely not have more than a couple. That brings up a spin on the age-old falling tree question — if you twitter and no one is around to read it, does it make a difference? The good news is that there are ways you can sign up and gain much more followers than if you just left it up to chance.
These are just some of the actual tactics you can use to become more popular in Twitterland!