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Georgia Institute of Technology explains how to get more followers on social media. The gist is to stop tweeting about yourself and provide information in positive ways.

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/205411/science-reveals-what-really-increases-twitter-followers/

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  • Gee, this sounds a lot like how we create relationships offline, funny how that works :-)

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  • I'm surprised that "Burstiness" (More tweets in quick succession) is good +Guy Kawasaki … they used to say that annoyed people and you should wait at least 5 minutes between tweets.

  • +Guy Kawasaki , what is network overlap?

  • Jesus save, he saved me!

  • +Johanna Gil, from a burning building or something?

  • +PJ Ammidon I read that too about bursts of tweets. But sometimes I just have a little window to respond to tweets and let them fly. My followers are used to it I think or they unfollowed me because I tweet too much.

  • I don't want a lot of followers

  • I'm with you on that one +Peg Fitzpatrick, Twitter pace is way too fast, which makes it harder to follow up with anyone, even using all the tools available on the web doesn't make it easy.

  • +Luis Galarza You can schedule out responses in Tweetdeck or Buffer but at this point I'm just like meh. Honestly, if me tweeting three people in a row is going to annoy someone then they don't want to follow me. The people who have Twitter open all day and watch tweets go by need to know that everyone uses Twitter differently. My way works for me. :)

  • I've always wondered if avid Twitter users tend to ignored tweets scheduled and sent out by things like Tweetdeck… to me it feels less like interacting with an actual person and definitely less "authentic"… thoughts?

  • +Diana David Why? Does it matter if you see this comment here right now or in two hours when you are back on Google+ ? It's still a comment from me. You can't see the difference between something that is sent via Tweetdeck immediately or scheduled for an hour later.

  • I know +Peg Fitzpatrick, but people over at Twitter don't like those automated responses. I use them anyways, at least to let them know that I got their message and I will respond as soon as I can. But, that only works with direct private massages, I think! :o)

  • +Luis Galarza I didn't mean auto-dm's, I just meant tweets. When I was first on Twitter, I used to dm new people who followed me to say hi and people got angry assuming they were auto dms.

  • Hehehe… +Peg Fitzpatrick I go the same reaction, that's why now I decide to use it anyways, but I rotate different responses, from casual to a more formal ones. So far so good… :o)

  • I'm still in the dark ages +Peg Fitzpatrick & +Luis Galarza  lol. I just use the Twitter site, no automating etc. :)

  • "The gist is to stop tweeting about yourself and provide information in positive ways."  Sure, but that's work.

  • "The gist is to stop tweeting about yourself and provide information in positive ways."  Sure, but that's work.

  • +Luis Galarza You're brave. ;)
    +PJ Ammidon Twitter was my love and main social media hub for a long time. I'm really active on almost all platforms so I do schedule things partly to plan ahead and partly because it balances out when things are sent out on Twitter.

  • +Luis Galarza You're brave. ;)
    +PJ Ammidon Twitter was my love and main social media hub for a long time. I'm really active on almost all platforms so I do schedule things partly to plan ahead and partly because it balances out when things are sent out on Twitter.

  • Positive ways?  Ugh, pass.  I'll follow Daria and Debbie Downer instead.

  • Positive ways?  Ugh, pass.  I'll follow Daria and Debbie Downer instead.

  • Hi +Peg Fitzpatrick glad read your comments/reply about your scheduled messages or interactive relationship through twitter. Usually I combined scheduled and "live" messages and also try reply or give respond dm or twit from another account

  • +Ardika Percha I do a combination of both as well. I use direct messages only to talk with my friends at this point.

  • Positive always works!

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I think we can all understand when someone posts many tweets in a row when responding or talking to another user. All people have to do is read them to understand why you do it.  It should not be seen the same way as when someone blasts a bunch of tweets about their offer all in a row.  I do schedule some of my RTs so nobody is inundated with them. Well, when I remember to :-)

  • +Patti Langell Totally agree! There's a big difference. I do that with RT's sometimes too.

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