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What numbers are you using to follow/unfollow?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by dgfalk, May 11, 2010.

  1. dgfalk

    dgfalk Power Member

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    I cant seem to find a decent answer on how many people you should follow/unfollow a day. Im using TweetAttacks to help me stay under the radar and not get any accounts banned.

    Ive heard new accounts dont add more than 100 followers a day, some people say they add 300 a day to new accounts. Ive heard you also unfollow anywhere from 10-20% of your people every 5 days or so. Ive just started this so I have accounts 1 day old to about 10 days old. Whats everyones general theory on this?
     
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    dustangle Regular Member Premium Member

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    do 1:1 ratio...
     
  3. muchacho

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    I opened a new account and unfollow around 250 a day, and follow around 350. No problems as yet.

    I use Tweet Adder and do use a proxy though.

    As for ratio... 1.6:1 is what Tweet Adder suggests.
     
  4. dustyrhodes

    dustyrhodes BANNED BANNED

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    One of my accounts is about 38k and I auto add 300+ targeted followers regularly. Another at about 11k, I only auto add 150 or so. Under 10k and I would be banned. Ask me how I know that....

    Both the 38k and 11k after it gets to about 1500 more following than followers, I zap those not following me back. With those two accounts, never had problem, auto zapping them.
     
  5. muchacho

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    Is the ratio 1.1:1 when you get over 2000 followers? Meaning you can add a maximum of roughly 10% of the number you have following you?

    If this is true, that means, you shouldn't have any problem following 3,800 daily, if you have 38,000 following you...
     
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    dustyrhodes BANNED BANNED

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    Yeah, I suppose that's good in theory, but I'm playing it safe at those numbers. Plus, I'm realizing that many of them are bots, and I'm deleting those.
     
  7. muchacho

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    I just had one of my accounts suspended which I opened only yesterday.

    I sent 325 followers, no DM and didn't unfollow anybody :(
     
  8. erroronline14

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    If you are using API based program, 325 a day is risky. If its a new account, whether you are using API or not, 325 is too high.


    @dgfalk it really depend on who you ask about it. Everyone have their own preferences based on their own testing. You will get different answers.

    In my case, im very aggressive on that part. I dont really care much about getting suspended because I have hundreds of accounts. If you are using TweetAttacks, in the FAQ section of the user manual, you can find how im doing it. As you can see, the figures are high and based on my tests after having a lot of suspended accounts, those figures are the most aggresive I can go so I suggest dont go beyond that.

    You still need to test and find out what works for you.

    Good luck
     
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    ctrl+alt+del Newbie

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    I'm pretty new to twitter and IM in general...have about 800 followers at this point, most of them are bots. I have another account that I used a less aggressive method and filter the spammers out, and it's only run up to about 55 genuine users; I don't plan on using the spammy account for a blog to convert any products, it'd be kind of foolish to expect that; instead, I've been planning to just get a large account then see what some of the ad companies are willing to pay...

    Recently I signed up with klout only to figure out that my legit account is very close in klout score to my spammy one...how are you guys managing to get legitimate users? Buying them? Legitimate website? I'm almost at the point that I just want to delete the stupid things. :(
     
  10. nice1

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    this is a very informative post - what I would really like to see is a full set of tuts on Tweet attacks or a you tube channel like scrape box has erroronline14
    perhaps you could do this ? cos your customer service is good and the program is excellent - and all the reviews are great - but finding out how to use it is cryptic its like trying to find the cup in Indiana Jones -- I mean im sure ill work it out eventually sorry if this is off topic didnt eman to change topic --

    btw I follow around 100 every few days - build it up way too slowly - just dont see the point in having bot friends --
     
  11. timothywcrane

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    I am not an expert Twitter vet, but I think that to ask "how many" might be looking in the wrong direction. Are you targeting twitterers on a random basis, keyword searches, etc? I am embarking on my first major Twitter project (that is one with real thought put into it and including hundreds of accounts, and I plan on using certain criteria that must be met before I follow. To find real followers who might be interested in my niche, I will be initially looking for keyword tweets, but I will also be plugging their username into scrapebox (or you could use google of course) and look for blogs and forum posts by the same. The real accounts then become clearer. As for those I later on remove, I am using a mixture of whether my avatar shows prominently on their twitter page, whether they retweet or not, and maybe a few other factors related to their Klout score metrics, like whether they are likely to be retweeted. I do not have an exact science in place to follow or unfollow, but as I gather "valid" metrics, it will become more so in time. You could spend 24-7 adding and removing bot accounts to no avail. Bots might have "some" use by raising your follow count, but I have yet yo get paid the prize money in a pissing contest. I know this might not nicely fit in with using auto adder/removers a they stand, but I think success often comes by bucking the conventional for the logical. Social media is valuable for its social virality, and SEO is even going in that direction. How many backlinks does it take to get a number one Google result? How many links can I build before getting sandboxed or deindexed? It could be any number over one, given other factors, and those other factors are fast becoming more important with every update, on any platform, Google, Twitter, Facebook, whatever. Sorry for the non-answer, hope it helps ;)