After breezing through the Getting 100 Twitter Followers in 7 Days experiment, I got really curious about growing my Twitter following.
You see, the 1st Twitter experiment tactics were old – 14 months old. That’s like 20 years in Internet time. But I found other, similar posts about getting Twitter followers. There was a recent article that said it would take you 3 weeks to get 100 followers.
But I crossed the 100 follower mark in less than 3 days and that included a weekend when I seriously slacked off. In under 60 hours, the Content Test Kitchen account had 170 followers.
Am I that good? Am I that lucky? Did I pick a strong topic?
The only way to know is to keep testing.
Getting Your 1st 1000 Twitter Followers
I looked for an article I could use as the foundation of a “Getting Your 1st 1000 Twitter Followers” experiment. There were some articles that were helpful, but none were prescriptive. I couldn’t find 1 that said do this then that.
So I’ve decided to base this experiment on the other experiment – only amplified.
How did it go?
At 1 level it was a success. I used a new Twitter account and had the same successful results I had the in the previous Twitter experiment.
But it turned into a battle straight out of American folklore.
There’s a story about a man named John Henry who when up against a steam machine. They were driving spikes and digging tunnels for a railroad. He won (and then died).
The good news is that I’m not dead. The bad news is that I lost. I was absolutely crushed.
I was trying to beat people using high levels of automation. I couldn’t keep up and was quickly left behind.
You can get results doing the work by hand. But you won’t get the return on invested time on par with the automated systems.
People are using tools like MeetEdgar or Tweet Jukebox for a reason. They’re posting over 100 times a day. I’ve seen accounts that post every 8 minutes.
It seems spammy at first glance. But it isn’t. It makes sense because, unfortunately, the simplest way to cut through all the noise on Twitter is to be even noisier.
I plan to test Tweet Jukebox in the fall. Think September or October. (Unless they want to sponsor the test with a free account… I’m talking to you Tim Fargo.)