Get More Followers By Breaking the Rules

Graffiti: Get more followers by breaking the rules

You’ve launched a blog or finally gotten on Twitter, and now, you’re wondering: How do I get more followers?

The truth is, you already know the answer but won’t admit it to yourself, because it has to do with breaking the rules.

Here’s what you need to do: Say something dangerous.

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The Problem with Online Friendship

Online Friendship

The problem with online friendship is that when things go wrong we split. When I say something that makes you uncomfortable, or when you offend me, we’ll go our separate ways — more often than not.

And this flies in the face of how people actually become friends.

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Lessons Learned after 20,000 Tweets

Twitter

At some point in the past week, I crossed the 20,000 tweets threshold on Twitter.

That’s five figures of 140 character messages.

That’s 20 grand’s worth of thoughts, replies, and nonsensical statements.

That’s a lot of time reacting, and a little time creating.

What have I learned in the past four years of tweeting over 20,000 times? A few things…

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Can Social Media Make a Real Difference?

Social Media Makes a Difference

My friends who don’t understand social media dismiss it as a fad. “I don’t do Twitter,” they say. Or, “I don’t have a blog.” They shrug dismissively, and that’s the end of the conversation.

I honestly don’t know how to respond. I don’t think everyone needs to be on Facebook or share photos of their family on Instagram, but this attitude bothers me.

It seems short-sighted. Because I’ve seen how social media can make a tremendous difference.

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How Blogging Leads to Real Relationships

Blogging Relationships

I started blogging five years ago. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned has little to do with writing or marketing. It has to do with real-life relationships.

My blog used to be about blogging and social media. One day I decided I wanted it to be about something more — people.

I have gained so many valuable connections from online conversations. And I’m finding that others are experiencing the same.

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