There is more to Twitter than just Following & Liking. Make real friends to get the most out of Twitter

You are trying to build an engaged audience of true fans, or join the amazing indiehacker community.

You spend hours a day Following others and scrolling your feed to find stuff to comment on.

You create new posts & reply to others but don't get any responses.

You are doing it wrong. Make friends, not followers.

Start engaging with the right people, in an authentic way.

Twitter is a great way to connect with people, and make new friends. But it's not always easy to get started. This article will show you how the best way to build an audience on Twitter is by building relationships.

There are many reasons why you might want to grow your presence on Twitter. But the question is how?

If you look around (especially on Twitter) you will see loads of articles about how to grow. They very often are written by people who have grown from 0 to 1000s in a matter of months.

The problem is they mostly sell snake oil... growth hacks that just don't work as you would hope.

Why?

Because it is not enough to just get more followers. If you want to grow your audience, or more importantly, make real friends, then it is vital that you build 'relationships'.

Here are a few ideas of how to do this:

  • Engage with people in an authentic way. You should aim to provide some useful advice or support when you reach out - "Hi!" will not be enough.
  • Find what topics of interest you both have in common and open up a conversation with them about it via DM.
  • Share articles or videos on topics that you know will resonate with them.
  • Give them some of your time and attention, your true friends will reciprocate in time.
  • Take an interest in their life outside of Twitter, what are the things that make them tick?
  • Be respectful of their time and personal space, don't always contact them just because you're bored or have nothing better to do.
  • If someone has a problem, put yourself in their shoes and try to empathise with them. What would you do if they were in your position?.
  • Start by engaging with people who are compatible with you and are in a similar ballpark of follower count (or have less followers than you). Engaging with Twitter accounts which have a very large following may get you noticed and increase your reach, but the higher their follower count, the less likely they are to engage because your replies can get lost in the noise, and the less likely they have the time to filter you out as a new true friend.
  • Support others and their products, and occasionally show them gratitude and love.

It takes time and effort but the payoff is true and loyal friends who will support you as you support them.

Use BFF to find the right people to talk to, with shared interests & values, and create lasting relationships.