How I grew my Twitter followers from 500 to 1000 in just 12 days ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Serban Mihai / 11 May 2018

~2 min read


Twitter can sometimes can make you feel like youโ€™re tweeting to a lonesome abyss.

Before we dive into the How To, let me tell you that Iโ€™m not a social media marketing expert. Iโ€™m a software engineer and #socialmedia doesnโ€™t come natural to me ๐Ÿ˜….

My twitter followers have always stagnated at around 300โ€“400. This is mostly because I was just consuming information and didnโ€™t spend time sharing relevant tweets and building an audience.

Recently Iโ€™ve decided to do an experiment and see how far I can take my Twitter account. So letโ€™s get down to it ๐Ÿง

My Twitter followers before doing this experiment: 435

After doing some research I made a plan:

  1. Setup profile bio, be authenthic, write what your passionate about.
  2. Add a profile photo.. nobody wants to follow an โ€œeggheadโ€ ๐Ÿ˜’
  3. Identify my audience. My audience revolves around #swift #objectivec #javascript #graphql #reactjs #nodejs ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. Use tools such as to research what hashtags to use.
  4. Engage audience with relevant tweets. Be consistent! (post 3โ€“6 times a day). Tweeting/retweeting too much will hurt your profile.
  5. Follow and engage with active people with the same interests as yourself. Search through relevant hasthtags (eg.: #technology) and engage with the people that actively like and retweet other peopleโ€™s posts.
  6. Engage in Twitter chats. This can lead to massive exposure.
  7. PRO TIP: pin your most engaging tweets to your twitter profile. Use Twitter Analytics to find your most popular tweets.

In order to tweet to my twitter audience Iโ€™ve setup a workflow using the following tools: Buffer, Feedly and Zapier.

  1. Feedly letโ€™s you find and subscribe to quality publications. Also can easily be plugged into services such as Zapier or IFTTT.


  1. Zapier allows you to create jobs which check if a new article was published into a Feedly category and then automatically add it to my Buffer social media queue.


  1. Buffer is the last piece of the puzzle. The service schedules content to be sent out to my social media profile. TIP: Make sure to keep that queue filled and review it once every couple of days. Add hashtags, mention authors for extra engagment ๐Ÿ‘Œ


One takaway is that consitency is keyโ€ฆ Building an audience takes time. Treat your Twitter profile like you were running a marathon, not a sprint. Let me know if you have any other tips for growing your social media presence ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

See you on Twitter Happy #GrowthHacking!

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