Earlier this week I joined the Etsy Meet N Tweet team. It has been interesting, to say the least.
First I followed all members of the team on Twitter, as required. Then the members started following me back. As I am grateful for new Twitter followers, I have been thanking them… one at a time… all 278 of them. (I just looked and the number of members is up to 314)
Before joining Etsy Meet N Tweet, I had acquired 328 Twitter followers over the course of about 18 months. I did it all on my own. I guess the people followed me because they liked my tweets. I think that’s a good thing.
Now, in a matter of a few days, I am up to 488 followers and it’s growing by the hour. Obviously not all of the team members have followed me, yet, but if they all do, I will have more than doubled my followers within a couple of weeks.
The purpose of this team is to increase everyone’s presence on Twitter by tweeting, retweeting, and favoriting each other’s tweets. This is supposed to give your business more exposure and more importantly, sales. It’s a major undertaking. There are a couple of apps that make it more automatic, but if you want to have some control over what is tweeted, it’s a fairly time consuming task.
All team members are supposed to be following the tweeting rule of thirds, with only one third as links to the products in our Etsy stores. One third should be informational links and one third responses and questions for your followers.
The links to products are easy as long as you aren’t spamming with a gazillion of them. The retweeting is done automatically with an app – I set limits on the number of tweets it can post in my name.
I’ve been posting information and informational links for at least six months. I think that’s why people have been following me. I respond to people who retweet and follow but I haven’t yet found the types of questions that followers will feel compelled to answer. I’m working on it.
Meanwhile, I’m tweeting a bit more that I have in the past. I hope that the informational links I’m providing are interesting to my followers. Especially the people who chose to follow me before I joined this team and increased the number of my tweets. I hope they stick around.
As I work on writing compelling questions, please follow my progress on Twitter.
What do you think about this type of increase in followers? Do you consider it worthwhile or just an artificial jump in numbers that won’t do a thing for my business or my Etsy shop?