Twitter is the great equalizer of social media. The 140 character count and equal treatment of the tweets mean that every one is on a level playing field. As a result getting a following on twitter is a key to success here is my top tips for gaining followers.
1. Tweet At Peak Times
People cant interact with you if they aren’t awake! Tweeting and sending messages during peek times gives you the best opportunity to be seen. Twitter has said that nine in the mourning,and three and six at night are times that twitter sees heavy use. By no means though use this as a strict time to tweet. If you do see that between nine in the morning and six at night in the United States, either East or West Coast time, gets you a lot of traffic and you live elsewhere in the world, structure you tweets around this schedule.
2. Send @Messages To Top Users
One good way to get noticed is to send something called an “@message” to top Twitter users in your field. Here’s how it works. If you and your friend both have Twitter accounts and you both follow each other, you can send direct messages (DM’s) to each other that can’t be seen by the public. But you can also send “@messages” to anyone you want, whether you follow them or not, or they follow you or not. When you send a “@message” to someone it notifies them. If they like what you said you may find a nice re-tweet from them and exposure to the thousands or millions of followers.
3. Develop a Niche/Persona
Unless your famous people don’t want to read about what you ate for dinner and how your dog is acting. Random tweets about everything under the sun can get you some followers, but having a more targeted audience in mind and playing to those followers is a better approach. If you have a lot of knowledge about something, go with that. Take knitting, for example. If you’re a whiz with the yarn, make that your focus, call yourself an expert in the craft of knitting and run with it. It may be a smaller subset you’re going after, but if you can become the foremost Twitterer on knitting, then you’re bound to get some followers. Go to knitting Web sites and message boards and post answers to some of the most frequently posted questions. Respond to each and every inquiry you get, and before you know it, you’ll be a Twitter expert and have more followers than you can shake a knitting needle at.
4. Post Images
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.
http://twitpic.com/135xa – There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.
— Jānis Krūms (@jkrums) January 15, 2009