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How to Increase Twitter Followers

How to Increase Twitter Followers

If you ever find yourself bored with nothing to do, join Twitter. It’s a great place to vent, learn exclusive information about celebrities and other successful people, provide feedback to businesses you love (or hate), start a revolution, spread news, make friends, and so much more. Twitter was there for me at times when I had nothing. Everyone turned their back on me, and I was going broke. I turned to Twitter and built a career out of it. Here are some useful tips on how to increase Twitter followers on your account by utilizing tips for tweeting success.

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    What is Twitter?

    If you’ve never heard of it or don’t understand the draw, Twitter is a website where people post short (140 characters or less) text-based messages, called tweets. It’s a simple concept that took a backseat to Facebook in the evolution of social media. Twitter’s much more important than you’d think though. Over time, it has transformed from a simple text message repository to a constantly-evolving 24/7 chat room. Revolutions from across the world have sprung from Twitter’s website. I, myself, participated in quite a few Twitter protests, to include Occupy, Operation BART, and the SOPA/PIPA protests. Twitter has more to offer than simple revolutions though.

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    Prominent (and not so prominent) members of society have risen and fallen on Twitter. Ashton Kutcher, Kanye West, and Amanda Bynes are among celebrities whose careers have taken a hit because of tweets they posted. Donald Trump, Andrew Weiner, The Westboro Baptist Church, Anonymous — a lot of news has originated from Twitter. Journalists and media organizations around the globe monitor this site. Governments do as well. In fact, Twitter is one of few social media sites (or tech companies in general) that has taken steps to attempt to defend the general public from government monitoring systems such as PRISM.

    Twitter is where I’ve forged friendships with random people around the world. I built business connections with people like Wendy Day (founder of the Rap Coalition, among other endeavors), YourAnonNews, Christine Assange, Wikileaks, The Huffington Post, American Banker, XXL Magazine, Manduka, and many more. I use it to promote my blogs (including this one you’re currently reading) and build my readership. I use it to connect with attorneys who want me to consult on cases for them. When I went broke, I used it to S/O Starbucks for a free pumpkin spice latte. At times when I was heavily using drugs and alcohol and going crazy, Twitter is where I screamed my head off to vent instead of doing something violent like many people choose to do.

    How To Get Started

    Like everything else in life, you only learn by doing. The best laid plans will be trumped by changes you encounter during implementation. Instead of just reading this, open a new window with Twitter. Sign up for an account or log in. The first thing you want to do is figure out who to follow. Worry about yourself before everyone else. Think of people you want to follow. Really dig in though.

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    Let’s say you like Lil Wayne, for example. Follow Lil Wayne, but also look up his business manager, promoter, music video directors, and other industry insiders, such as Paul Porter, Julia Beverly, Russell Simmons, etc. Think about magazines and publications that promote him, like The Source, AllHipHop, IndustryEars, and more. By following these people, you’re not only getting updates from Lil Wayne, you’re filling your newsfeed with information you may enjoy about him. Do this with everything you enjoy. You have an opportunity to gain valuable inside knowledge from professionals in any hobby or work you participate in.

    Find your friends, and browse through their followers to find people to follow. You can also find people on sites like Favstar that aggregate the “most popular tweets” from the site. I don’t like Favstar, but that will be discussed in a moment. Don’t limit your search to just Twitter. Think of anything you like, and add “Twitter” to your search. You can find “follow” buttons on nearly every site online. Follow your favorite sites to get updates on updates as they happen.

    What Do I Tweet?

    The first rule of Twitter is to post whatever you want. If you want to be funny, be funny. If you want to be serious, do that. Feel everything out. Be polite to people, but don’t let anyone walk all over you. Treat social media like you do regular society: Talk to people, respond to the friendly ones, and ignore the haters.

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    Make a bio and add a profile picture. Nobody feels comfortable talking to an egg (the default pic), nor do people like talking to creepy pictures. You don’t have to put in your personal information. You can make up whatever you want and leave whatever you want blank. Just know you’re dealing with real people, and real people can sense bullshit. If you talk a lot of trash, you’ll be remembered by that. Tweet links to things you like. Be conversational and include people. If you just post links, nobody is going to follow you. You have to add value to peoples’ lives. Think about what draws your attention and do that.

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    Twitter Cliques

    Much like IRL (in real life), Twitter has cliques. These cliques sometimes gang up and try to exert power. The dynamics of human interaction don’t change much anywhere you go. You can choose whether to be cool with these cliques or avoid them, but they all have their uses. Some of the most popular Twitter-exclusive cliques not based on celebrities or ideals are Favstar users and #TeamFollowback. People with #TeamFollowback or a Favstar.fm site in their bio will only follow you if you follow them. The difference between the 2 cliques is #TeamFollowback will always follow you back if you follow them. Favstar users hate #TeamFollowback, and thus refuse to follow “everyone” back so they can look popular.

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    One of my biggest issues with Twitter cliques are people who only stick within the clique to gain followers. Sure, having 1500+ followers makes you look cool to a noob, but only a small percentage of those users will ever click a link you post. If you’re looking for company, by all means, talk amongst your clique, but if you want to be productive, you have to branch out. Another issue with cliques is you get involved in other people’s drama. I’m not interested in listening to people whining or gossiping — the next thing you know, you’re messaging each other, hanging out on Kik, exchanging social media accounts and phone numbers, and it all just gets to be too much. I don’t care what some idiot in Virginia is doing. I couldn’t care less if a kid in Montana is beefing with a chick in Alabama. I’m not going to any tweet-up. If you want to partake in those activities, by all means, do so, but it’s not for me.

    Increase Quality over Quantity

    What you need to keep in mind on Twitter is that quality trumps quantity every time. I only have 1700 followers, but I have spread messages to millions of people through my Twitter account. This is because the followers I do have are loyal. They RT (retweet — forward my tweet to their followers) my tweets multiple times a day. Anonymous frequently interacts with me and exposes me to their follower base of millions. Wendy spreads my messages to her tens of thousands of hip-hop followers. Kino MacGregor promotes me to her yoga community. My follower count is relatively low, but my reach is vast.

    When people follow you, follow them back if you’d like. It will make them more likely to keep you around. Build relationships with the people you encounter on Twitter. 10,000 followers seems like a lot, but that doesn’t make that person above you. Talk to them like an equal. You’ll have a lot of fun, and your account will be more fun to follow. Instead of promoting yourself, others will promote you. Telling you I’m good at something is different than telling you someone else is. You’re more likely to believe the recommendation of a third party. So get to inspiring your followers. Give them quality, and they’ll return the favor.

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    Last Updated on July 29, 2020

    19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

    19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

    Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

    There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

    This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

    1. Todoist

      Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

      Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

      If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

      Download: Todoist

      2. 1Password

        You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

        1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

        You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

        Download: 1Password

        3. Bear

          Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

          It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

          Download: Bear

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          4. Hazel

            Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

            For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

            Download: noodlesoft

            5. Alfred

              Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

              For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

              It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

              Download: Alfred

              6. TextExpander

                TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                Download: TextExpander

                7. Backblaze

                  If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                  Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                  Download: Backblaze

                  8. Keyboard Maestro

                    Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                    Download: Keyboard Maestro

                    9. Snagit

                      There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                      Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                      10. Bartender

                        Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                        If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                        Download: Bartender

                        11. Otter

                        Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                        Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                        Download: Otter

                        12. Flux

                          Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                          Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                          Download: Flux

                          13. PDFpen

                          If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                          PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                          Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                          14. OmniFocus

                            OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                            It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                            A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                            Download: OmniFocus

                            15. Franz

                              It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                              Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                              Download: Franz

                              16. MindNode

                                If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                Download: MindNode

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                                17. Focus

                                  The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                  This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                  Download: Focus

                                  18. CleanMyMac

                                    Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                    Download: CleanMyMac

                                    19. Grammarly

                                      A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                      This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                      A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                      Download: Grammarly

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                      Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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