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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New Tweepi: Powerful filters & mobile friendly

We’ve been working day and night for the past few months to rewrite Tweepi with a newer, mobile friendly technology stack. The motivation was two fold, a better Tweepi and making the code base organized and testable for our team to enjoy developing new features. We are finally ready to introduce the new Tweepi beta!

Faster, mobile friendly, and packed with new features.

Faster, mobile friendly, and packed with new features.

Column headers and pagination bar always displayed

On larger screen resolutions (tablets or above), the column headers and pagination toolbar will be always displayed. That’s a long requested feature by many of our awesome users. No more scrolling up and down to sort or navigate.

New powerful filters

You can now build more complex criteria for any Tweepi manage or follow tool:

  • You can define ranges by defining two filters, one greater than and one less than.
  • You can filter by “empty”, “not empty” or “not contain”.
  • Dates are relative. No need to calculate specific dates. Just enter how many days ago.
New powerful filters

New powerful filters

Accurate 24 hour follow counter

Moved to the navigation bar. You can now keep an eye on the number of follows and unfollows performed since 24 hours.

New Follow Action Counter

The new action counter

Responsive and mobile-friendly

Redesigned to work on mobile devices and tablets.

It's responsive

It’s responsive

Bookmarkable URLs

All pages are now bookmarkable, along with how many users per page displayed and filters selected. Try this link to follow journalists @cnn follows who have tweeted in the past 2 weeks.


Please use the ‘Feedback’ button to the right of the new Tweepi to share your thoughts with us, or report any odd behaviour. Many of you already have our email addresses, so feel free to email us directly.

We look forward to reading your feature requests and feedback!


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Quick Actions retired. Default Button introduced.

Due to the latest Twitter updates to their “Automation Rules and Best Practices“, we are forced to disable multiple selections and retire the “Quick Actions” feature. As a result, you’ll notice that the checkboxes have been removed and you can now just select one user at a time.

Tweepi still provides a variety of tools to make your Twitter experience the best out there. More to come…

Please feel free to contact us for help using the latest version of Tweepi.

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Stricter Twitter Rules

Update [16th September 2013]: Twitter did not agree that Quick Actions complies with their latest rules. As a result we are retiring ‘Quick Actions’ and making the best out of this situation by introducing the ‘Default Button’ toggle that emphasizes the main action you’d like to perform.

Please feel free to contact us for help using the latest version of Tweepi.


Due to the latest Twitter updates to their “Automation Rules and Best Practices“, we are forced to disable multiple selections. As a result, you’ll notice that the checkboxes have been removed and you can now just select one user at a time.

To keep Tweepi the fastest way to manage your Twitter account, we are introducing Quick Actions. Once the toggle button is clicked, you may click anywhere on a row to Follow/Unfollow or Force Unfollow a user.

Tweepi's new Quick Actions... in action

Tweepi’s new Quick Actions… in action

Use your keyboard…

The great news is that by being cornered into this change, Tweepi got even better! Try this:

  • Enable a Quick Action
  • Click a row (that’ll activate the Quick Action selected)
  • Then start navigating with the “Up” and “Down” keyboard arrows. Hitting the “Spacebar” will select this row and activate the action.

We are confident that this change will enhance your Tweepi experience, and make it faster to make follow/unfollow choices through our interface.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback about Tweepi’s Quick Actions.

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