There’s a fine line between automating your Twitter account too much and just enough. You want all the benefits of Twitter automation, including increased social presence and traffic, but don’t want to get our Twitter accounts closed. Here are some options for Twitter automation, starting with multiple Twitter accounts.
Multi Twitter Accounts for Large Scale Traffic
To be clear, what I’m talking about here is using Twitter accounts as basically bots to chase trending hashtags, retweet those trends with a link back to whatever site the owner of the Twitter accounts wants to direct traffic towards.
If you want to play at this level, then you’re going to be in a perennial cat & mouse game with Twitter.
- You need to keep the number of Twitter accounts to 5-10 per ip (the more manual / human the Twitter accounts are, like opening only 1 account a month, regularly logging in & logging out of accounts could help you use more accounts on 1 ip). For 1000 Twitter accounts, that means at least 100 proxies, and preferably a way to associate each proxy with individual accounts.
- Limiting your @mentions to less than 10 per hour else you risk getting your account suspended.
- You’ll get your accounts flagged if you follow more than 1000 people per day, so it’s better to keep it in the 500 range (and not all at once – spread out the follows through the day. Your software / service should wait at least 2 minutes between follows. The older your account is, the more aggressive you can be with your follows / unfollows.
- Don’t start posting links from the get-go and mass following people as that looks suspicious. Make your account look real with an avatar and tweet normally with a mix of pictures, comments on other people’s pictures and just plain text tweets without links.
Some further notes on the Twitter suspension policy regarding detected automation:
- Note that if you follow too rapidly, Twitter will popup a little form which you have to submit and you’ll be instantly unsuspended.
- If you continue within a short time they suspend you again. To unsuspend yourself, you have to go to your email and click a link that Twitter sends you to acknowledge the transgression. They will then unsuspend you within 24 hours.
- The Twitter algorithm favors aged accounts and you’ll be able to follow/unfollow more aggressively the more established your account is.
TweetTwain for Efficient Twitter Management
TweetTwain is a Java app (Windows, Mac & Linux) for automating the drudgery of increasing both your Twitter and Facebook followers. It’s functionality includes:
• Auto-reply: TweetTwain will regularly monitor public timeline for the keywords and posts auto-reply if any one refers the keyword.
• Auto-follow users who mention your brand name (or niche keyword) in their tweet:
• Schedule tweets and Facebook posts.
• TweetTwain will publish stories related to your keywords at random intervals to give your Twitter account regular automatic content. You do this by going to the Auto-Tweet tab and adding your keyword. Note that at most two stories will be published in 24 hours.
• Search and Follow/Un-follow feature uses intelligent rate limit management, thus you can follow/un-follow accounts without triggering any rate limits.
TweetTwain covers both and Facebook and a free lite version is available (the $47 paid version offers unlimited accounts and upgraded automation features).
Other Twitter Automation Services
https://manageflitter.com is an online service that also does a good job of automatically unfollowing & following people. An online service might be preferable for people who don’t want to install software.
http://tweepi.com starts at $7.50 a month and has some very nice auto-unfollow features for Twitter, like pruning people below a certain Klout score:
Automated Twitter Tools – Not Worth the Hassle?
Tweetader, starting with version 4.0, has removed all automation from the program because of a Twitter lawsuit. Follows and unfollows have to be done manually. Even then, some people are reporting that their accounts are getting suspended by Twitter when they use Tweet Adder.
Tweet Attacks was also sued by Twitter and suffered a similar neutering of its software functionality after the lawsuit.
Traffik Buster is a ubot application that costs $500 and tweets trending hashtags across your army of Twitter accounts that the software manages. Reviews are mixed: one problem is that if you’re constantly tweeting 1 domain in your links in an attempt to get traffic there, Twitter will detect this and start banning your accounts. A smart strategy is to have multiple domains / subdomains where you have a redirection script: twitter bots get sent to authority sites like CNN while human visitors pass through to your desired site.
I’d advise using Twitter Trend Sniper instead as it will do very similar trending hashtag chasing for about $40.
Whether you use Traffik Buster or Twitter Trend Sniper, it’s advised to create your Twitter accounts outside of these tools. You can also buy them from https://buyaccs.com/en (who will replace banned accounts for you) and then build them up as normal Twitter profiles so they look more real (add bio image and text, tweet at random intervals without links, etc.)
How to Build a Large Twitter Following Manually
The key to getting Twitter followers naturally is to build up an initial list of influential people to follow. Make a list of 10-30 people in your niche to target – you’re interested in attracting some of their followers.
Try to balance the number of people you follow / unfollow every day to make it look natural.
Search for inactive users – you can safely unfollow them and they will likely keep following you. In general, targets to unfollow include:
- People who do not Follow back.
- People who have UnFollowed you.
- Inactive Twitter users.
Locate Emerging Trends on a Map
What’s hot for one country will be different from others across the globe. You can use tools like http://trendsmap.com and simply go to the country of your target market and look for the trending #tags. Try adding these to the end of your tweet for increased visibility (if it fits).
Globaltweets is a Google chrome extension that superimposes real-time tweets across a map of the world.