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robotThe opinions on the use of bots in general - not only on Twitter - are well divided. We could sort them in 3 categories:

  • Those who think that bots are only for spammers and scammers.
  • Those who are actually using bots to spam and possibly scam people.
  • Those who think that bots can be used cleanly, reasonably, and honestly.

I'll be direct: I'm part of the third category. And as such I've been involved once or twice in some very animated discussions... People from the first category can be quite aggressive. I can't blame them for that...

FACT: there are people who use bots to mass-spam Twitter (or other social networks, really... I'm using Twitter as an example here as this is the one I know best but the idea applies to Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn...). It is the cold hard truth.

FACT: bots can help you manage your accounts, sort information, and communicate with people efficiently. This, also, is true!

So in the end, it all comes down to one factor... The human factor. The users are responsible for mis-using the software. This is my point of view. Now some people will tell you that these bots are built from the ground up with the spamming objective in mind... I see where the idea may come from, but I have to disagree. This is the same argument that some huge industries I won't name (but everyone knows who I'm talking about...) have used to fight the peer to peer networks. One of the main counter-arguments has always been: these tools can be used to share files legally (there are some free contents out there, they're not so hard to find), and one should not make a confusion between the tool, and what the users are making of it. Well, the same thing applies here...

I remember being called a "spammer who has convinced himself he's using a bot responsibly". This is quite a harsh statement, especially when you don't know how I'm using my bots... Oh well, wait, that person knew how I'm using my bots because he had read my article entitled "Pinterest automation code of conduct". In this article, I am clearly explaining that there are things that should not be done with a bot - in this case on Pinterest, but remember, the idea is the same elsewhere.

So I'm saying it loud and clear: yes, I do use bots. And yes, I pretend to be using them the right way. I do interact with people, I don't post automatic comments (or auto tweet @replies) - instead, I do that manually - I don't post 20 links an hour, I reply to people who tweet @me, etc...

If you intend to use a bot, please read my Pinterest article above. The social networks should be friendly places, nobody wants to see them full of spam... Except the spammers themselves maybe, who can really ruin them for everyone else.

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pinterest traffic reportEverybody's talking about Pinterest these days. Pinterest this, Pinterest that... Although the word most commonly associated to Pinterest is the word "Traffic". At least for us Marketers.

It's not just a matter of simply pinning your pictures and waiting for yor new visitors to hit your website, though! There's a lot more to it. I know, I've been experimenting on Pinterest for weeks. So let me ask you a question: would you spend a mere $4.97 to get an extensive manual explaining you how to do proper business on Pinterest? I sure would. But it's your call... Click the picture if you're ready to finally make some serious profit on Pinterest!

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Finding followers on Twitter is one thing. Finding the right followers is an other matter, however.

From a business point of view, you want followers that are potentially interested in what you have to offer them. This means you have to go through a selection process, searching for people to follow in the hope they'll follow you back. This goes through:

  • An efficient and appealing bio and profile. Most people receive an e-mail when someone follows them (because they didn't disable this function which is on by default), that e-mail contains your bio and a link to your profile. You must get them interested at that point.
  • Keyword searches: you can find people to follow by using a keyword search, but also by using search parameters in order to refine your query. Learn more about this in this tutorial: Twitter tutorials, stage 5: find people to follow manually 
  • Automation tools: there are some tools out there, online services or applications you can install on your computer, that will allow you to automate your Twitter tasks. TweetAttacks is probably the best tool for this, but it is also quite complex and some good training might be in order if you want to do this seriously. Update: TweetAttacks is no more. If you have it, it will keep working for the time being and you may still be interested in the training, but if you don't have it, you can't buy it anymore. I will soon replace it here with another tool, probably the one I actually use every day (I wasn't using TweetAttacks because it's a windows-only tool).
  • The right behavior: finding followers shouldn't be your only concern, keeping them is also something you should think about. Offer them content and information they'll be interested in, don't send them only directly business-related tweets (promotional offers and stuff to buy).

One thing you shouldn't do however, is buying Twitter followers. You'll find offers out there for this, but these are people who are not interested at all in what you have to offer, in other words they are worthless and there's no guarantee they won't stop following you after some time.

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Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by carlos lindayag #116
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nice post.thanks for sharing.keep it up!
Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by Sébastien Cismondo #117
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You're welcome :)
Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by raytrigg15 #118
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I like your post. It is quite short but very detailed. I agree with you with your point that there are different kinds of followers and in the business arena, they want interested followers. So, I think it would all boil down on the lay down content of your tweet.

For additional information about gaining the right followers, you can check out the link below.

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Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by julie #122
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Thanks. I don't have many followers yet. I will bear this in mind.
Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by Sébastien Cismondo #123
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You're welcome.
Your followers can grow quite nicely with the right tools (I'm around 5000 after roughly a month and a half), not so long ago I would have told you to try the free version of TweetAttacks but you can't anymore as they've just closed down due to a complaint from Twitter...
I have another tool that's working just fine but not so long ago there were a few problems to download it, so I've just asked them if the problems are solved. I'm waiting for their answer, I should know within a day or so, when I get the confirmation I will update this article.

This article is part of a series announced here.

Before we start talking about automation, I need to make something clear: the only automation officially allowed by Twitter is auto-follow-back. Anything else is theoretically forbidden, but a lot of automation techniques and tools are actually tolerated. You need to remain careful with them if you don't want to have your account banned. Read carefully the advices in this article, they have allowed me to keep my accounts running on 99% automation, so they should work for you too...

Read more: Twitter tutorials, stage 6: automation techniques

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Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by Jonathan Graham #95
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I have been using an application similar to TweetAttacks.
Posted: 2 years 7 months ago by Sébastien Cismondo #97
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I've tried a few others, so far TweetAttacks is really superior - although I'm not using it daily as it's windows-only and I'm violently allergic to micro$oft (neither do I trust Apple...), so I'm using an other application that's rather good (but is unavailable at the moment as they have some problems with ClickBank which is why it isn't mentioned here), but although I do like like, it's nowhere near as good.


Twitter150This article is part of a series announced here.

To find people to follow, you need to use the search function of Twitter. Most people would simply make plain basic searches, like this:

Read more: Twitter tutorials, stage 5: find people to follow manually

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