When you are a Twitter newbie it can be hard to find people to follow. I know when I started out I followed a bizarre mixture of people. Some of them I still follow, others I’d like to ditch but it seems like such a lot of work to go through my list and unfollow, so I just live with it. Because of this I rely heavily on lists and although this is a really handy way to filter my stream I’m always aware that I’m not connecting with all the people I should be on a regular basis. To stop this happening to you try this weeks cool tool FollowerWonk comes in.
Whether you are new to Twitter and are just looking for relevant people to follow or if you a more seasoned user who wants to connect with new people it will be really helpful.
Once you have found people to follow you could create a list of them prompting you to engage with them more frequently.
FollowerWonk has lots of features but this week I’m just going to look at the search feature which is by far the most useful.
Here’s how it works
Visit the FollowerWonk website and sign in with Twitter
Click on ‘Search Twitter bios’
Type a keyword or key-phrase into the search box
Click on ‘more options’
Now you can filter your search to a specific location, the number of followers or folowees a user has.
I searched for key-phrase ‘Small Business’ location ‘Ireland’
The results should bring up a mixture of my competitors and people who share my target market, both good groups of people for me to get to know better.
Now you can choose who to follow from the results. In the free version of the app you are unable to follow with one click within the FollowerWonk site but you can easily click through to view a profile and follow it.
You can also filter your results by number of tweets, following count, follower count, how long they’ve been using Twitter or social authority.
I can see this app coming in very handy. It can be hard to find new, interesting people to follow on Twitter and I love that I can search so easily for people within my target market or people who influence them. I can see me using this tool regularly in the future.
f you are a Twitter newbie or are nervous of getting started sign up for my A Beginners Guide To Twitter online course starting on 10th of June. More info here.