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Video:How to Find People to Follow on Twitter

with Amanda MacArthur

Twitter is a great way to share your thoughts and connect with users, however without enough followers your message won't get very far. Get tips for finding more Twitter followers in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Find People to Follow on Twitter

This is Amanda MacArthur for About.com and today I'm going to show you how to find followers on Twitter. 

What is a Twitter Follower?

A “follower” is a term that Twitter uses to label people who are subscribed to your Twitter feed. Your Twitter followers are the ones most likely to read your tweets, click on your links, and respond to your posts. 

To find out who's already following you, click “Followers” on the left hand side ofyour Twitter profile. This page will show you everyone who's following you, starting with the most recent. To see who you're following, move the cursor back to the left-hand side of your screen and click “following”. 

There are hundreds of tools out there to help you find new followers, but here are five easy steps to get you started.  

How to Find Followers on Twitter

Step #1: See who Twitter recommends. First, move your cursor to the top left-hand size of the screen and click “home”. On the left hand size of the home page, Twitter has created a list of people they think you should follow. Most of these recommendations are based on common interests and also the followers that you share. To see a bigger list, click the “view all” link at the top of this recommendation box,which will bring you to a much larger list of tweet recommendations. You can follow any of these users by clicking the “follow” button next to their profile descriptions. 

Step #2: Find people you already know. The second step is to find Twitter users you may already know by clicking the “find friends” link on the left-hand side of your screen. On this page, Twitter will ask if you want to import any of your online address books. If you do, Twitter will identify and create a list of all of the email addresses that are linked to twitter usernames. 

More Ways to Find Followers on Twitter

The third step is to find Twitter followers in the topics that you like. Click the “browse categories link” on the left-hand side of your screen. On this page, Twitter will give you recommendations for people to follow in everycategory imaginable. For example, if you like to cook, scroll down to the Food & Drink category and click on the words “food & drink”. Twitter generates a list of the most popular foodies, chefs and tv personalities. If you want to follow anyone on this page, simply click the “follow” button next to their profile description. 

Step #4: Explore hashtags. The fourth step is to use Twitter search to find someone using a hashtag. At the top-right of every Twitter page is a search box. Type in a hashtag that you follow. For example, there's an event in Boston called Mobile Monday Boston and its hashtag is #momoboston. If I attended this event and wanted to follow other people that attended, I'd type the #momoboston hashtag into the search box and Twitter would give me a feed ofeveryone using the hashtag. If I want to follow any of these event-goers, I just need to click on their name and click the follow button on their profile. You can also use the same search box to search for people's names or otherkeywords. 

Step #5: Use Twitter's Advanced Search to find locals. Finally, the fifth step for finding followers is to use Twitter's Advanced Searchfunction. To start, type of topic you're interest in, into the search box. I'm going to type in a popular topic like “wine”. The results page gives you everyone who's tweeting and using the word wine. To refine these results, click on the smaller cog that's now at the top right-handcorner of your search results.

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