Real Twitter Tools that Bring Real Results
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We get it. The best way to use Twitter to build your online presence is to actually be part of the community. And there are already a million and one articles out there telling you just that. And if you're not already doing that, you're part of the problem and adding to the noise.
However, there are actually real, useful tools that can help you in your pursuit of developing a robust online presence with Twitter. Here's how:
~Twitter's own "Who To Follow" suggestions are actually pretty good. It takes into account who you follow, who follows you, who they follow, and much more. You should be able to use it to find a few dozen industry-related users every day. Follow all of them, with the hope they follow you back.
~What about those people who don't follow you back? Use Manage Flitter to unfollow those people. You're not doing it out of spite, you're doing it because you obviously didn't grab their attention or offer them anything of value. If they pop up again in your "Who To Follow" suggestions, go ahead and follow them again and give it another try. Use Manage Flitter once a week, and repeat the process forever and ever.
~It may seem a bit juvenile and high-school-esque, but so is Twitter. People like it when you follow them back. You can do that manually be checking your followers each day, or you can pay for the various softwares out there that will automate the process. I use Tweeting Machine, but there are plenty of others.
~But how do you manage all those people you're following? Twitter.com can makes it difficult to manage all that inflowing information, which is why TweetDeck is a priceless resource. Pick out the users you really care about and create a Twitter list (public or private, it's up to you) and add that list to your TweetDeck account. That way you can "follow" as many people as you want while only "following" the few you actually care about. You can also use TweetDeck to continually search for keywords and phrases you're interested in — discovering new people to interact with.Continued on the next page