For those of you who don't already know this, I love Twitter. It's the most amazing way to connect up with people all over the world who share your interests (or even just one of your interests). I mostly follow those who love to read books or those who write them, anyone who tweets original funny stuff, and social media gurus. I also follow a few news and political tweeters and some other oddball characters I picked up along the way, just cause they seem like nice, interesting people (and don't remotely resemble ax murderers or perverts or behave like stalkers).
The best way to increase the number of people who follow you is to follow new people and hope they return the favor. Stacy Juba came up with a Twitter Hopalong to help her blog visitors spread the word about their Twitter IDs. You add a comment to Stacy's blog and state what you tweet about, add your Twitter ID url, and then scroll up the list to find a few new friends to follow.
In addition, Stacy is blogging about Twitter all this week. Her previous posts are:
5 Easy Steps to Managing Twitter
How Authors Can Maximize Twitter to Promote Book Sales
Another sure way to pick up new followers is to make the content of your tweets so interesting that your current followers frequently RT (retweet) your messages. I often follow someone new because their message finds its way into my stream via one of the folks I follow.
And finally, make friends on Twitter. Engage with people. Retweet the good tweets and links you see. And then go out and follow some of the people recommended by Twitter. If they're like me, they'll go to your profile and check you out, and if they like what they see, they'll follow you.
Now take advantage of Stacy's great idea to connect with a few people. Hop over there to that Twitter Hopalong, add your comment and Twitter ID url to the post, and follow some of those folks who've left their info. I've already picked up a new batch of great followers, thanks to Stacy.
And just so you know, my Twitter ID is @PStoltey.