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If you didn’t kow, I use Twitter. You’ll find me on there as @davidgilson. For those of you who don’t know Twitter, think of Facebook or Myspace status updates. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, well, it’s tricky to describe. Imagine a site where you answer the question “what are you doing?” in 140 characters or less. You then “follow” other people so you get a stream of their updates, and those who follow you will get your updates included in their stream of updates.
With me so far?
Okay good, now let me tell you that Twitter works best when you try to forget about that question and realise that you can ask all these lovely people who follow you questions, and that you can all direct posts at other members using the “@” symbol and their name. Are you seeing where I’m going with this? This whole “what are you doing” site starts to become one mass public instant messaging platform.
I’ve been slowly trying to gain more followers by following people I found interesting, hoping they’d follow me too. My current efforts were spurred on by Twitter somehow cutting off a good number of many people’s followers. I had been making slow but steady progress. I’ve also been reading a few sites about ways in which you can increase your following.
Well, over the weekend, I don’t know what happened, but from gainging maybe one follower every day or two, I gained 40 in two days. I honestly have no idea what spiked my follower rate. Although I went from 105 to currently 149. Sure, 149 is a micro-particle compared to the likes of Stephen Fry and Barack Obama who have 100,000 and 225,000 followers, respectively. Although proportionaly, had a 50% increase in two days.
Below is a list of links I’ve been reading, I’m going to follow up on all the tips contained within those pages, and I’m setting myself a tentative target of reaching 1000 followers by the end of this year.