Are You Cheating Twitter

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Are you a twitter cheater?
It is a simple question if you know what a twitter cheater is.
No it has nothing to do with fidelity and everything to do with reality. A twitter cheater is one who gains followers by using applications that instantly adds twitter users from certain groups or list and then drops them if they do not follow back.

Some see this as a strategy and a way to grow your platform, others see it as cheating.

What are your thoughts against using applications to get more twitter followers?

Are you a tweet cheater or a tweet purist?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Jonathan Sigmon

    Purist – but it’s also because I don’t trust those external apps that run this sort of software. Although, my ratio of followers to not is pretty awful, so maybe I should look into it?

    I’m intrigued by others’ thoughts.

    • Kyle Reed

      ya me too. I go both ways. For my personal account I really try to make sure to keep it “real” or “pure” but I am doing some other work where the more followers I have for that account is obviously a chance at more traffic. So I see both sides.

  • Jenny

    yucky. I had a friend who did that. it’s just yucky.

    • Jenny

      Not that i have anything against the friend, its just noise though. I’d rather have 20 followers and community on twitter than 2000 followers and have nothing.

    • Kyle Reed

      and often the people who have tons of followers have just as much engagement as the people with a 100 followers. It all depends on your strategy.

  • Geek for Him

    I used to be for an older project I was working on. Now I know it doesn’t really work, even if you have genre related followers they usually are not real folks.

    It’s much better to get the folks the old fashioned way, by folks finding you on their own.

    • Kyle Reed

      ya, more authentic.
      I am going to try it for the first time on a project I am working on.
      I have a friend that swears by it as the best way to gain traffic etc…
      we will see.

  • Tyler

    I agree with what Kyle said. Some of these resources are great for businesses and non profits to find people they might be interested in them. I don’t think the follow/unfollow thing is a good thing but finding people with interests near a business or non profit is a great thing. As for my personal account, I’ve gone back and forth. When I first started I wanted to find as many people as possible who had similar interests and tweeted on similar topics. So I followed a lot and got a lot of followers. Since then I’ve changed my tune and I’ve unfollowed a lot of people who don’t interact with me. Followers are just #s if there isn’t interaction.

    • YPClayConry

      What about #tags like #stumin or #churchtech? I find people to follow that way and have noticed YM followers when I tweet using the #tag.

    • Kyle Reed

      totally agree.
      BTW, as I wrote this post I was reminded of a post you wrote a while back about someone gaining twitter followers. That was some great discussion :)

  • YPClayConry

    I’ve been struggling with this follow issue lately. Should i really be following 868 people? can I? If I don’t follow those who follow me am I using twitter only selfishly and following only those who have something to offer me?

    As far as people who use bots to follow… It’s utterly annoying! I want to connect with you not the bot that raped my contact info off of a list!

    On the topic of connection via twitter and following 868 people. The other day while I was trying to remedy this question i went through and removed people from the list that I didn’t know, wasn’t gaining insight from, or hadn’t connected with. You know what I found out. I still had most of the 868 in one of my two most watched lists!

    What to do? What to do?

    • YPClayConry

      What I was trying to communicate there is that I have developed through twitter valuable connections with a lot of people!

      • Kyle Reed

        absolutely. And i wonder if by adding tons of followers you miss out on valuable connections because of the noise.

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  • Jenni

    definitely a purist… since i can’t seem to catch up on following people back.

    platform or cheating. it all sucks. i just want a good conversation.

    • Kyle Reed

      good for you. it is all about the conversation

  • Joanna

    I’m not a fan of following via bots or just so people follow back. It seems insincere to pretend to be interested in someone by following them when really you don’t care and just want them to follow you.