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To Follow Back or not to Follow Back... this is the question!?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by muchacho, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    You create a new Twitter account.

    Which do you think in your experience is the best option to grow your followers:

    a) Follow back everybody who follows you, even if it's only for X amount of time, on the thinking that they're less likely to unfollow you in the future

    or

    b) Don't follow anybody back who follows you first and instead use your following limit to follow people first.



    I've never bothered following people back, but wondering if anybody has experience of doing both. With option A they are less likely to unfollow you as you've reciprocated, but then your 2000 limit with new account, comes quicker so your threshold is lower to find new followers.
     
  2. BigEfromDaBx

    BigEfromDaBx Newbie

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    Im interested to see what people think also. I have always followed everybody back. But some people are trying to tell me now that its not good to do that. It looks better when you are following lets say 50 people and 2000 people are following you. It supposedly makes you look more popular.
     
  3. ProAffiliate01

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    I always wondered what difference it makes. I wasn't even aware of the possibility of it even mattering until some months ago.
     
  4. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Follow back people who you think are important to you..You can always unfollow them the next day but in the meantime they get a message saying you followed back. I try to follow about 10% of my following total at least...people dont want to follow someone who obviously doesnt follow back.
     
  5. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    The only way of that being obvious is if that account has a lot of followers and follows hardly anybody.

    If you see an account that has just over 100,000 on both, it'll look like they follow back, when really it's just following a lot of people first.

    I've changed my approach since starting the OP, so there's no following back. I just follow 700 people a day and unfollow after around 5 days, if they haven't followed back.
     
  6. Tsongkie

    Tsongkie Regular Member

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    I would go with b) as well. If you're building a list then just go with what you need. Just follow people and unfollow the ones who doesn't follow you back.
     
  7. rodol

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    i will go with B, i have seen that the people who stop following you if you dont follow back are IM like you and me, regular people don't care about that maybe some will ask you to follow back but if you don't do it they will not unfollow, anyways the best strat is to mass follow like 500-700 in 1 day and after 2 days mass unfollow the ones who are not following you max 200-400.
     
  8. Hinkys

    Hinkys Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Just follow them so they get the notification and the unfollow the day after. That way you keep a good ratio with as few "following" as possible. What some1 said, it makes you look more legit.
     
  9. Nakolce

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    I fillow back only friend's that i know.
    Never follow back anyone that i don't know...
     
  10. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    Unfollowing the next day is too soon. I've proved that to myself with auto ban testing. 3 is the absolute minimum, otherwise you're banned for aggressive following.

    5-7 days is better, but I don't unfollow people who follow me back, it's only the people who haven't.
     
  11. rodol

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    yeah i don't unfollow next day i always wait 2 days, that is working for me, and i just unfollow people who don't follow same as you
     
  12. TwitterBro

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    I think you're much better off to only follow fresh people who aren't following you. You can only get away with following so many people in a day and you should be taking full advantage of that to gain new followers. If you are worried about keeping followers who are only looking for you to follow-back, I'd say don't waste your time. These people end-up following so many people that they are no more valuable than a fake follower.
     
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    Except the real people's accounts NEVER get suspended.
     
  14. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    I've changed tactic as I'm buying followers to give the account a major jump.

    But for the record, I never follow people back - not automatically anyway. If an account with 50,000 followers followed me and tweeted something like F4F? I probably would.
     
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    I don't follow anyone I don't think I need. I only follow someone that posts usefull things on twitter.
     
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    i would choose B
     
  17. Tcstwo

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    i would choos B
     
  18. chhhad

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    This worked well for me... I stopped after a while but still maintain 5,000 followers.

    -Start by following new people to your limit.
    -Over the next couple days start unfollowing people that didn't follow back.
    -Repeat.
     
  19. Jelmer187

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    it also depends on the keywords you use! Using #Teamfollowback with follow you should follow back otherwise you will be unfollowed 99% of the time! because 99% fo the #Teamfollowback world is a bot!

    My scnenario:

    1. I started a twitter account about weed once! I had to, I'm Dutch;)
    2. Invested in TweetAdder, a FULL auto-pilot twitter software!
    3. Follow people with keywords like: Weed, grass, pot and so on! (Slow way of getting followers)
    4. getting REAL followers from some pot-heads!
    5. Had the option of "unfollow all people who don't follow back in1,2,3 days'' and so on!
    (Also possible to enable to unfollow none or everybody!

    6. After a while when discovering twitter more and more. I started with the #TeamFollowBack
    7. Getting followers 3x faster because all these people you follow are bots and will follow you back auto! Also they unfollow auto when unfollowing them. just like I said in point 5.
    8. getting loads of shitty followers which are total useless unless you have such an account yourself! Because of the promoting of normal accounts! Like this: You have 5 #TFB account which all spread tweets like this the whole day: Need 10.000 followers? 1. Follow me. 2. RT this 3. Follow "promo account'' 4. send me an tweet that it's done! Now you just have followers because your account must look as big as possible!

    9. Of course this is what you want with the other account but with this account you need also normal followers! An twitter account with 100.000 #TFM followers has maybe 5 RT per tweet!
    10. COMPLETELY USELESS FOR BUSINESS!

    Shortly:

    Normal niche keywords will get targeted followers which you can unfollow! better for business but VERY slow!

    #TFB keywords to get fast follows but it's quite useless when promoting from that account!

    best way to do:

    1. Having 1 or 2 normal accounts. With these accounts you will advertise/promote your whatever you do: ******, affi's, CB, Amazon and so on!
    2. Have like 10 #TeamFollowback accounts which constantly drop the ''1. Follow me 2. Rt 3. Follow him 4. Let me know'' tweet which will promote your accounts from number 1!
    3. And of course with the normal accounts you will follow niche targeted people!

    With a 100 #TFB accounts you could start selling real followers online! Then your accounts MUST be really big!

    P.s. Check Tweet-Adder features to clear all this out a little more!
     
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  20. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    Jelmer187, I see a lot of accounts that do the,

    ''1. Follow me 2. Rt 3. Follow him 4. Let me know'' tweet which will promote your accounts from number 1!" and they do seem to 'presell' the main domains.

    But not quite sure how they automate this.

    Any idea?