Use this Twitter hack to find and keep your true fans

If you’ve used Tweepi, this situation may sound familiar, and you probably need this Twitter hack. You have an aggressive goal to grow your brand’s follower base–and fast. As you follow new people, many tweet back thrilled that an organization they love is now following them. Some have been fans and followers for years. But your following-to-follower ratio is creeping ever higher.

This is exactly the situation I found myself in recently. I wanted to preserve a healthy follow ratio, but with all that excitement, I didn’t want to risk unfollowing any of the brand’s uber-fans. How to separate the wheat from the chaff–at scale?

I discovered an easy way to solve that problem through IFTTT (If This Then That). If you haven’t used it before, IFTTT allows you to link different online tools to execute more complex tasks. Each set of actions is called a “recipe.”

For example, if a user posts on my hashtag on Instagram, then email me a link to the post. If rain is predicted tomorrow, then trigger an iPhone notification. If I need to get out of a meeting, call my phone. (For real!) They have a whole section of recipes to streamline social media that every social media pro should be aware of. Try it out — the more you use it, the more uses you’ll find for it.

The Solution

Back to my problem. Through IFTTT, I created two recipes: one that dumps out a list of accounts that mention my brand’s Twitter account to a Google Drive spreadsheet (Recipe 293233), and another that dumps a list of usernames whose tweets I’ve faved (Recipe 293235).

Since my brand is mentioned a lot, I created the second one as a more manual workaround in case I wanted to identify a select group of people. (I manually faved tweets thanking us for following them.) Then I let the recipes run until I had a solid list of usernames.

Once you have your list of accounts, the rest is easy. Go to the Follow Tools dropdown in Tweepi and click on By copy/paste. Then simply copy your list of usernames from Drive and paste them into the field. Hit Submit and then safelist your best fans, using any additional filters you need (who’s following you back, location, etc.).

Less manual solution (all mentions):

Twitter hack: IFTTT Recipe - Make a list of the accounts that mention you on Twitter connects twitter to google-drive

More manual solution (faved tweets only):

Twitter hack: IFTTT Recipe - Make a list of usernames through a fave on Twitter connects twitter to google-drive

Which recipe you use depends on what your ideal follow ratio is, and your bandwidth for manually faving certain users’ tweets. I ended up using the latter.

I found my Tweepi/IFTTT Twitter hack to be a very useful tool to scale up a Twitter following while nurturing true fans. I hope you do as well!

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10 Funny & Misc. Twitter Sites

  1. Curse Bird: Find out who’s swearing on Twitter
  2. Tweet What You Eat: Tweet what you’re eating at the moment – track your calories and weight
  3. Foodfeed: Similar to Tweet What You Eat, but just the tweet info
  4. Xbox 360 Gamer Tag:  Automatically update twitter with what you are playing at a certain moment
  5. Trackthis: Track your packages via Twitter with this tool
  6. Bkkeeper: Share what you’re reading on Twitter
  7. Commuter Feed: Share tweets on traffic and transit delays
  8. Foamee: Fun way to tracks who you owe coffee or beer to
  9. InnerTwitter: Signals you through chimes where you have to let go of your thoughts.
  10. Post like a Pirate: Talk like a pirate on twitter
  11. Roll the dice:  Give you the power to roll a dice on twitter. Useful when you’re betting or playing games with your friends.
  12. Xpenser:  Track your expenses with twitter
  13. Twithire: The place where you can tweet job postings
  14. GasCalc: Tracks your gas usage and MPG on Twitter
  15. Fuel Frog ($): iPhone App with Twitter integration that also tracks Gas Usage and uses Twitter.
  16. Deal Tagger:  Shop and share on Twitter
  17. Textgasm: Tweet your secrets
  18. Twitter Nonsense: Daily Twitter Comic Strip
  19. Twitterbox:  A Twitter Client for Second Life
  20. Stocktwits:  Lets you follow stocks on Twitter.
  21. Twictionary:  A repository for all sorts of words used on Twitter.
  22. TweetValue: Tells you how much your profile is worth in US dollars.
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Top 10 Twitter iPhone Applications

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Twitter iPhone Applications

Welcome to yet another Twitter list. Today, we will share with you the top 10 Twitter iPhone applications that will make tweeting more valuable and fun at the same time.

  1. Tweetlogix :  This application makes following your Twitter friends easier than ever. Its unique rich timeline offers inline image previews and tappable links. It also allows you to tweet photos, videos, and music titles and enables you to mute users, search nearby, follow lists, follow trends, and more. It is a simple, fast, easy-to-navigate application.
  2. Echofon: A clean iPhone Twitter app with push notifications and unread tweet syncing with your computer.
  3. qTweeter:  Users with jailbroken iPhones who are also Twitter and Facebook users should check out qTweeter. It’s a pervasive app that runs in the background, and lets you fire off a quick Twitter and/or Facebook status message without exiting whatever application you’re using.
  4. Tweetdeck:  Along with Hootsuite, one of the most popular apps used today for managing followers, tweets, scheduling and more.
  5. Seesmic:  Seesmic connects you wherever you are. Seesmic mobile CRM and social media management applications empower connected organizations and individuals around the globe. Continue reading »
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10 Great Twitter Integration Tools

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There’s no better time to start utilizing Twitter integration tools than right now. Here are 10 of the most useful ways to start turning your site readers into Twitter followers, and vice versa:

  1. Add Tweets: Allows you to make your own Twitter update widgets for your site or blog using javascript.
  2. Twitterfeed: A tool which enables you to post your blog to Twitter and Facebook through your RSS feed.
  3. Follow Me On Twitter Buttons: A blog post which offers multiple choices for “Follow me on Twitter” buttons.
  4. Loudtwitter: Ships your tweets to your blog and allows you to find all the tweets that contain a specific term or phrase – be it a person, a domain name, or any phrase in general.
  5. PingTwitter: Enables you to automatically update your Twitter account when you publish a new blog post. Continue reading »
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