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The follow-for-follow method: Twitter

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People keep asking me: “How did you gain 60 000 followers on Twitter?” Let’s give you guys some MORE answers! In my previous article you could read that I automated a part of my Twitter account. This is because it was taking me too much time to keep doing the follow-for-follow method. But it’s an amazing method to start with. I still use it sometimes in parallel with automation! After all we can’t automate everything. Twitter needs to know there’s a real person behind the desk.

Follow-for-Follow method

On Twitter, you can use the “Follow” button on someone else’s profile. Just find someone that tweets about the same subjects as you. Add them and their followers and pray they follow back. To do this on the Twitter website takes about twenty minutes. If you take time examining all of their followers then one follow round can take a lot longer. Be careful! You might accidentally click on someone’s profile banner or their name instead of the ‘follow’ button. If this happens you will be taken to their profile. This means you can still continue and follow them. But to resume your follow sweep you’ll have to return to the previous page. When you return to the previous page you’ll have to scroll all the way back to where you were. Very annoying!

Crowdfire

When I got annoyed by the free ‘follow’ button on Twitter I started using Crowdfire. It’s free to get started with and allows a free user to follow around 100 people everyday. The maximum on Twitter is a little below 1000.  I could do my follow round in a matter of seconds now. Crowdfire is so fast! Next to that, Crowdfire has a auto-DM option. So you can send a standard message to everyone that follows. Just to say ‘hi’ or send some links to show what you are working on. That is useful if you are a Youtuber, Twitch streamer or media content creator.

I used the free version of Crowdfire for about a week. That was all the time I needed. Then I bought a package to get more tools like unlimited follows and unlimited un-follows. So buying extra services certainly had some perks. Want to know another cool thing? Paying would remove the ‘via @crowdfire’ tag from the auto-DMs! That looks better.

Unlimited follows

This service is a bit misleading. Even with their Unlimited follows package Crowdfire is still tied to Twitter’s rules. The 1000 per day limit doesn’t disappear. To make matters worse they have to make sure Twitter doesn’t flag you. You’re forced to wait out a 1 second delay after every 120 follows.

Keyword follow

This option makes it possible to follow people that tweeted about a certain topic. Like when you want to follow people that tweeted about bicycles. Just search the word ‘bicycle’ or the hashtag #bicycle. This will display the people that tweeted about bikes or biking and you can easily mass follow them.

Unlimited un-follows

When you use the follow-for-follow method not everyone will follow you back. On top of that twitter stops allowing you to follow people after you rack up 5000. Once you go over 5000 followers it allows you to have your current amount of followers +10%. So whenever I’ve hit my limit I’ve given my account about 48 hours to rest. People can still follow back. After that I un-follow people. When your follow-for-follow rounds get as big as mine you’ll notice that Twitter locks the amount of un-follows somewhere between 7000 and 10,000. This isn’t Crowdfire’s fault, it’s Twitter.

Un-follow inactives

Of course you don’t want to follow people that are not active anymore. Crowdfire has a option to un-follow these inactive accounts. Here they give you three options. Inactive for six months, three months or even one month. It finds the people that haven’t tweeted in that period and presents them to you. They then give you the option to un-follow them. I like this option a lot.

Crowdfire Publish

Publish is a tool built into Crowdfire. It’s possible to use this tool with the free version. Publish makes it possible to schedule tweets to Twitter. I use Publish for this because it’s a fast tool and it has a nice interface. The alternatives, like Tweetdeck’s built-in scheduler, are a lot slower. There are other alternatives around; however, most don’t have a free option. I haven’t felt a need to look elsewhere for scheduling tools; Publish works well for me. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Article written by: ComputerFiguur

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