Okay, so you joined Twitter, and you just “didn’t get it”. So you stopped using it. Join the club.
Maybe you’ll go back after you read this whole article about WeFollow.com with a bonus paragraph about GeoFollow.com.
Lots of people hear about Twitter, they try it out, and they stop using it after a month or less because they “don’t get it”. (Read Twitter Quitters Just Don’t Get It) A Nielsen study shows that 60% of new Tweeters do just that: quit.
Why? Maybe you weren’t following the right people? Did you follow anyone? Did they have anything interesting to say?
That’s the key to Twitter: Finding somebody interesting to follow, and maybe even follow you back. And this is where WeFollow.com comes in. WeFollow.com bills itself as “A User Powered Twitter Directory”. At WeFollow.com, Twitter users can categorize themselve with up to three “tags”, and then other users can browse or search through tags to find people to follow. Be aware, getting listed is a manual process, Twitter users must add themselves, it isn’t done for you automatically.
Getting Listed On WeFollow.com: The Easy Way
There are two ways to get listed on WeFollow.com. The easiest way is through your Twitter account. Login to your Twitter account and send the following update message:
@wefollow #tag1 #tag2 #tag3
…and replace the tags with one word tags that describe you. For myself, I sent the following update:
@wefollow #blogger #webdesign #longisland
I chose these three because I am a blogger (or I like to think so), a web designer (a developer, actually), and a Long Islander (all true).
Regardless, the update goes out into the Twitter public timeline (a wild and crazy place that will drive you mad) where it is picked up by WeFollow.com and their system adds you to the WeFollow directory.
There’s a second way to get listed which I will discuss later in this article. Actually, I used the second method. It’s more calculating. (Evil maniacal laughter rises).
Find Me Someone To Follow
Now, if you’re looking for someone to follow — someone interesting, funny, witty, informative, what have you — you can go to WeFollow.com. Once there you can browse through the popular tags shown, or you can search for tags of your own choosing.
The home page prominently displays the top 5 Twitter users listed on WeFollow.com in the top 6 most popular tags. The top 5 Twitterers are determined by the number of followers they have. The most popular tags are determined by the number of Twitterers who chose that tag as one of their three tags. The most popular tags are currently #celebrity, #socialmedia, #news, #entrepreneur, #tv, and #music.
You can click your way through the tags, and when you find somebody to follow, you can click their user name to be directed to their Twitter profile page. Using the example from WeFollow.com shown at right, I can see that Ellen Degeneres show has a Twitter user name of “TheEllenShow”, and her Twitter account has 1.26 million followers, and the excerpt from her Twitter bio says, “Find Ellen’s monologue, celebrity photos and videos, games, giveaways, ho…” (Twitter apparently does some fact checking from time to time for the big name users. Fake or unconfirmable accounts are frequently disabled.)
Getting Listed On WeFollow.com: The Calculated Method
As mentioned earlier, there is a second more calculated method for tagging yourself on WeFollow.com. Using this method you can find out how popular a tag is before you choose it. Then you can decide if you want to be a fish in the ocean, a fish in the pond, or a fish in the fishbowl. Or maybe you want to be the fish on the plate. You decide.
- First go to http://twitter.com and login to your Twitter account.
- Then go to http://wefollow.com/add next.
- First you have to “Verify your identity on Twitter” by clicking “Authorize WeFollow!”
- Since we logged into Twitter first, all we need do at this point is click “Allow” to allow WeFollow access.
- Now we can add the three tags in the boxes (fields) provided.
- Last we click “Send! – Add me to WeFollow”, and that’s it.
Now at step 5 is where the calculating comes into play. As you enter your tag a list will appear under the field and will show the top 5 most similar tags along with the number of Twitter users on WeFollow.com who are using that tag. So, in my case, I was going to use the tag webdeveloper but found that less than 350 people were using that tag, while over 2,600 people were using webdesign. So I chose the latter so that more people would be likely to find my Twitter profile.
Similarly, while I am a techblogger, no one was using the tag techblog, and only 4 people were calling themselves a techblogger, but over 21,000 people were using the blogger tag. (Blogger is the 11th most popular tag. Oooo, almost made the top ten there!) So, I chose to be a fish in the ocean there, and went with blogger.
A similar service to WeFollow is GeoFollow.com. They use the three tag system, but since it is a separate site from WeFollow, you can use three different tags if you wish. From your Twitter account you can send the following update:
@geofollow Your City, Your state ZipCode #tag1 #tag2 #tag3
5 to 10 minutes later you will also be listed on GeoFollow.com. As you can see GeoFollow also allows you to list yourself by geographic location, so that people from your area can find you, too, and vice-versa.