Twitter: 10 tips for more followers

Twitter: Get more followers with these tips.
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There isn’t one trick that will magically get more attention on Twitter. But between just tweeting and getting more followers in a targeted manner, there is a huge range of possibilities. We’ll tell you the secrets of success for professional twitterers.

1. The new Twitter profile

If you haven’t already done so, activate the new Twitter profile introduced in spring 2014. This way you will immediately attract more attention. Then set a suitable cover photo that expresses what you stand for and what people can expect from you on Twitter. Or just something that looks chic and stands out from the crowd of images. Check out Canva for that. Here you can create profile photos in the right size. Also the Twitter header designer by Canva is worth a look. The Twitter cover should be 1,500 by 500 pixels.

2. A good profile photo

Profile photos should show a close-up of your face. This makes it easier for people you already know to recognize you. This is all the more important when many other people have the same name as you.

Also, make sure your profile photo shows you the way you usually look. If you style your hair radically differently, dye it, or grow a beard, then you should also update your profile photo. The dimensions of the profile photo should be square and should not exceed 400 by 400 pixels.

3. A meaningful biography

Write the most important things about yourself in the bio that appears under your profile photo. You can use hashtags, but don’t overdo it. In our experience, 2 to 3 hashtags are completely sufficient. Remember that friends and family as well as employers or business partners, customers and colleagues can find your profile online. Try to offer something to everyone without bending or overdoing it.

4. Tweet properly

The bulk of the tweets are structured according to the same scheme: each message begins with the core message, followed by a link that may be associated with it. It is completed by the hashtags. If there is still space, you can also place an afterthought at the end. Better yet, limit your tweets to 100 characters. This leaves room for your followers’ own comments when retweeting.

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5. Reading only is okay. Just don’t write.

Nobody likes to converse with someone who only talks without listening. It’s the same on Twitter. That’s why it’s perfectly legitimate if you just read along on Twitter without writing anything yourself. But the reverse is not true. It is good form to reply to messages that mention you or that are addressed directly to you. You can also expand your knowledge by participating in Twitter discussions.

6. Say thanks for followers and retweets

It’s good manners to occasionally say thank you for retweets and new followers. The best day for this is Friday. It’s not for nothing that it’s been called “Follower Friday” for ages – precisely because it’s a tradition to say thank you to new followers on this day. Use the hashtag “ff”.

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7. Consider the 5-3-2 rule

Some users find it difficult to keep the balance between private and professional, between their own thoughts and those of others. The one that has been known for years is helpful here 5-3-2 rule. You should split your posts something like this:

  • 5 retweets or links from the web that are relevant to your followers
  • 3 own posts with new thoughts, experiences and the like
  • 2 posts unrelated to work

Of course, this is not a rule that you have to strictly adhere to. See it more as a guide and try out for yourself which strategy you can use to achieve the most success.

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8. Be real

You increase the credibility of your posts (and the attention of your followers) by occasionally peppering your posts with photos. It doesn’t hurt if you also share your impressions visually with your followers, for example through individual photos or even through a photo gallery. Photos or visual content also encourage your followers to share their thoughts with you.

9. The important little things

You don’t have to follow everyone who follows you. This only increases the noise and gradually makes your tweet stream irrelevant to you.

Use hashtags. If you’re Tweeting about an event, a football game, or a TV series, look for the “official” hashtag. Some of these tags are provided by the organizer, but most are self-determined by Twitter users. You can find out the latter quickly by simply searching for a suitable term on Twitter.

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Use the list function to keep track. Adding other Twitter to lists and favorite tweets also shows respect and gets some attention. But please do not automatically favorite every tweet for a specific hashtag!

10. The worst mistakes

Do not send automated direct messages. Also, steer clear of @username Tweets directed at strangers with links to your website or blog. Both are rightly despised as spam. Don’t overdo it with hashtags. #more #than #three #hashtags #per #post #are #actually #always #too #many.


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