said 1 year, 5 months ago:
I’ve recently started using Tweetadder as a tool for researching and following people with like interests (both those who post about certain keywords, and those who have them in their profile). You can set parameters (must have over X-many followers, or be following X-many people, must have a profile pic, etc.). It’s a big timesaver for me.
It also lets you set up auto-responder tweets and “evergreen” tweets that go out on an automatic schedule, but I haven’t really worked that as well as I should.
Many (if not most) will follow you back–and you can also set unfollow protocols, too, for those that don’t within a certain time frame.
The biggest key, however, to building a good following is to post helpful information (not sales pitches), share photos, and make time to reach out to people on a regular basis to start up conversation. And Rich is right–fill out your profile. I’ve found that branding your skins and profiles to be similar across platforms helps establish continuity. I use the same colors, similar images, etc., for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn, and make sure they’re inter-linked–so people can find me on Twitter from any other location.