We have noticed while watching Colorado nonprofits interact on Twitter that so many of you have very few followers. It seems that many of you are waiting for people to come to you when it is not neccessary for you to wait. Without followers, your tweeting is wasted! People on Twitter don't see your tweets if you are not following them, unless the few followers you do have retweet you.
I have seen this phenomenon before - when it comes to asking for donations. Many organizations are actually timid about asking people for donations, as if it is akin to begging. But what do you get when you don't ask? Well, you already know the answer to that!
So what to do?
Go find some followers! CommUlinks has made it very easy for Colorado nonprofits to get followers. First, create a private list on your Twitter page. Name it "recently followed" or a date. Then, go to our @ConnectColorado page, click on "Followers" and follow those Twitter users. Put each one on your new list. When they follow you back, take them off of the list. This will help you keep track of those who do not follow you back. Later, go back and unfollow those who do not follow you back so they do not affect your following limit.
Now, create another list that is public. Call it something like "Friends of (your org)." Whenever one of your followers retweets you, put them on that list as a thank you.
Want to do more? Well, go to your own Twitter page and click on "Listed" to see the list of people who have listed you. Make sure you put everyone who has listed you on your "Friends of.." list. Look at the list that person has put you on, and follow people on that list.
Really, they don't bite! People expect others to follow them! They want to increase their following as much as you do! You will be surprised at the friends you will make!
Watch your following grow!