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How to attract Twitter followers (Video)

Last month I did a brief interview on Fox 26 Houston about how to attract Twitter followers. In case you missed it, here’s the video for your enjoyment.

Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

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Twitter redesign

Resources and posts to get you started on the new Twitter design:

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I love Twitter lists, except…

I love using Twitter Lists. It’s one of those neat little things that helps me control the info and contacts I’m managing via Twitter. I can segment who I follow by why I’m following them. That way I can check into a specific topic at any given time, instead of trying to decipher the long long list of everyone.

But, I hate that I can only add 500 people to a twitter list. I keep bumping against that total in my Houston list. What am I supposed to do? I really don’t want to have a Houston 1 and then a Houston 2. Unfortunately, I can’t think of another way to do that. 

What this is telling me is a large number of the people I’m following are local. That’s good. 

Oh well… can I ask the nice folks at Twitter to please please change the limit? {{smile}}

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It’s not all about you — why you lose Twitter followers

Inc. Magazine‘s recent article, 5 Reasons People Unfollow You on Twitter, does give five good examples of why that author (and many others) make the decision to unfollow a Twitter stream. I have to point out, though, that the first one is the most important:

1. Every tweet is about your product or service.

One of the things I try to teach in my social media classes is that if all you share is “buy from me, buy from me!” then you’re never going to build a community. You have to share content that your followers are going to find interesting, that will be useful to them. And constantly sharing that you’re “new and improved!” isn’t going to cut it.

Read the entire article for other things to avoid.