Once you join the Twitter community, the next step is to find and follow people on Twitter who interest you. To follow someone means that you are subscribing to their Tweets, and their updates will appear on your home timeline. If you don’t want to Tweet on the person’s timeline publicly, you can also have a conversation with people via Direct Message, which allows you to have a private conversation with anybody that you want to talk to.
As Twitter’s benefits as a communication tool are increasingly realised, Twitter users have continued to grow. Nigerians are using Twitter to reach out to friends and business associates, as well as potential customers, employers and employees. Whether for personal or business use, there are some useful tips that will help you continue to build your followers.
If you want to follow someone, you will need to click on a username or navigate to a user’s profile. Twitter have made this process simple – all you need to do is click the ‘Follow’ button when you see it next to a user’s profile photo or on a user’s profile page. You can also click the ‘Follow’ button next to any of your ‘Who to follow’ suggestions, next to user search results, or anywhere else you see the ‘Follow’ button on the web.
To know who you are following, you can simply click your “Following” number on your profile or home page and the people you are following will be displayed in a list. You can also unfollow users from that page if you don’t want to follow them anymore because their content does not interest you.
The best way to grow your user base on Twitter is to engage with people, follow others whose Tweets are interesting or meaningful to you, and be an active part of the Twitter community by reading and Tweeting high-quality information. You can also reply to other people’s Tweets by selecting the ‘reply’ button or you can ‘Retweet’ their Tweet if you think it is interesting and worth sharing to your followers. This way you can take part in the discussion, whilst enriching your timeline.
Now that you are equipped with this information, log on to Twitter to follow new people – and who knows, you might even gain some new followers in the process!