I’ve just found a twitter application that I think is great for finding new followers and follows that have a shared interest. It’s called BlastFollow, and enables you to follow anyone using a given # to tweet.
With twitter chats springing up all over the place, and the significant increase in the use of # to tweet and follow conferences, events, tweetups and themes, it is easy to find groups of people with interests similar to your own, and follow them all in one go. Remember, 50% will automatically follow you back.
To use the words of BlastFollow creators Triangle Information Solutions:
BlastFollow enables you to follow Twitter users who share your interests en masse. This web site is a production of Triangle Information Solutions.
To use BlastFollow, simply enter a favorite hashtag (for example, “americanidol”) in the box below. Then, click the “Get Users!” button. After a few seconds, you will see the number of users who tweeted with that hashtag recently. Then, you need only enter your Twitter name and password and click “Blast!” You will start following all of those users. You can usually see the progress on a user-by-user basis.
I’m playing around with a few communities and seeing how it works, but I’ve already made a good number of new connections that I would consider to be valuable additions to my network.
You can unfollow anyone over time that don’t really fit in with your network or use a tool like Untwitted to identify who is not following you back. I’ve never had a major purge on my account before, but as I approach 5200 follows and 5500 followers, I think it could be time soon. This application makes it simple to unfollow if you choose to. My advice is not to do a purge of non-followers too quickly after adding them.
Be interested in hearing how you get on, and any other tools or applications you are using to help build your network.
Be twitter ambassadors,