EDIT – early in 2015 Twitter suspended TweetAdder’s access their API, making Tweetadder unusable. Unfortunately a tool that I loved using is now no longer working.
I’ve written before about how I use Twitter and how I automate some aspects of it, including my DM’s. I haven’t written about the tool I’ve been using for the past 3 years to help grow my Twitter accounts – Tweet Adder. It’s time to write a Tweet Adder review and show you why I’m still using this tool, and how you can use it to grow your Twitter account.
Before I get into the review, let me clarify my stance on automation and Twitter (because this seems to polarise people sometimes). Firstly, Twitter and other social networking tools are all about interaction and to do that well, you need to be involved. You can’t automate the human touch. But you can automate some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that don’t require your direct involvement. And that can free you up to do more productive tasks. So that’s what I do. I use tools like Tweet Adder to automate some of the boring Twitter tasks. And they can do it much more effectively than I can.
Tweet Adder Review – Overview Of the Main Page
When you first open Tweet Adder, this is the screen you see. It shows you your Twitter account names down the left column and shows you the numbers of Twitter followers you have, as well as the number you’re following. It also has some green or red buttons under different functions – Follow, Follow Back, Unfollow etc. Green means that it’s being automated by Tweet Adder, red means it’s not being automated.
Let’s look at bit further at each section in more detail. If you click on the ‘Open User’ icon you’ll be taken to a new screen for the particular Twitter account you’ve selected.
Tweet Adder’s Account Settings
The first section of user settings doesn’t get used very much. Settings allows you to determine when Tweet Adder is used and also allows you to add proxies if you want to.
The Black / White List is a great feature. You may want to follow someone who doesn’t follow back. If you follow them using Tweet Adder, you’ll find that Tweet Adder will unfollow them if they don’t follow back. But you don’t want this to happen! So you can add their Twitter name to your Whitelist and Tweet Adder will never remove them. The Blacklist concept is the opposite and used for people you never want to follow.
The Followers and Following sections are handy. They’ll show you who are following you, and will show you how they came to follow you i.e. did they follow you back, or did they follow you first.
Searching With Tweet Adder
The ‘Search Users To Follow’ section is next. This is something I use a lot because it saves me so much time.
There are a number of ways you can find people to follow using Tweet Adder. You can use the different searches to build a list of people to follow.
- Tweet Search allows you to look for people that use particular words in a tweet. I’ve used this to search for people using a particular hashtag.
- Profile Date Search looks at people’s profile data for particular keywords, their location, number of followers they have etc.
- Location Search allows you to search for people within a certain distance of a particular location. This would be so handy if you ran a local business and wanted to follow people in your city. You can also refine your search by keyword.
- Followers Of A User is the search that I use the most. I enter a Twitter user’s name, and Tweet Adder will search for all the followers of that person. It is a little restricted by Twitter’s API as to how many names it can retrieve, but I can usually get around 10,000 names at a time.
- Followed By A User is similar to the Followers Of A User search but it looks at all the accounts that person is following.
- Twitter Lists is also a useful search. Find a Twitter user who has lists of followers set up. Enter their name and the list name and Tweet Adder will retrieve the details of all their followers.
You can also make the Tweet Search into an automated search, so once your list of people to follow falls to zero, it’ll automatically search for more people to follow and add them to your list.
Once you’ve selected the people you want to follow, it’s time to automate that part of the process…
Using Tweet Adder To Automatically Follow People
The Follow / Unfollow Users section allows you to set up your preferences for Following, Following Back and Unfollowing people. The Following / Follow Back screens are very similar. In the screen shot above you can see the options you have. At the top of the screen is the ‘automation on’ button – it’s green to show that this setting is active.
The next section allows you to send a bunch of follow requests out immediately. This could be an option if you don’t want to have the automation running. I don’t use it – I use the next set of options in the ‘automation settings’ area.
The automation settings give you some important options. Ideally you need to set a maximum number of follows to send per day so you’re not sending out too many. Whilst you ‘can’ send thousands of follows out daily with Tweet Adder, it’s a pretty good way to get your Twitter account banned.
The important setting I use is the ratio setting. I’m very careful to keep the following to follower ratio below 1.10:1. This means if I had 10,000 people following me, I’ll never follow more than 110% of that number – 11,000.
If you start following many more people than are following you, Twitter may flag your account for aggressive following and you could get banned. Keep it no more than 110% of the number of followers you have and you should be ok. That’s why I always make sure this box is ticked.
The other important setting relates to how frequently you send out your follows. I’ve set it to send one follow every 2-6 minutes. So in any hour, it will send out between 10 – 30 follows. The time delay is random, making it look a bit more human. Again, aggressive following every minute will get your account banned. Don’t do it!
Remember, in order to grow your Twitter account, you need to manage the ratios well. This means you have to unfollow people who don’t follow you back if you want to grow your account.
The Unfollow section has similar options to the Follow / Follow Back sections – how many unfollows a day to do, time between unfollow, ratio. It also has a drop down option where you choose who to UnFollow. There’s three options here, all of which are useful.
The most common option is the one selected in the screen shot above – remove nonreciprocal followers who were followed using Tweet Adder. So, if you’ve added someone to your Twitter account via Twitter and they don’t follow you back, Tweet Adder won’t unfollow them. But if you have added them using Tweet Adder (i.e. they’re a follower of someone), and they don’t follow back, Tweet Adder will stop following them after a certain period of time.
I’ve got it set to wait three days before unfollowing but you can chose more or less days. Remember, if you set it for one day, you’ll be adding and unfollowing a lot of people and risk getting your account banned.
The other two options are to unfollow everyone who aren’t following you back, and to unfollow everyone, regardless of whether they’re following you or not. Use this last one with care!
Tweet Options In Tweet Adder
Tweet Adder gives you a number of options to automate your tweets. I’ve used it for this purpose for a while, but I’ve actually stopped using it for tweets now, and am using the ‘Schedule Tweets’ function in Hootsuite.
One of the reasons I bought Hootsuite was for these auto-tweet options. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I like to post some quotes and facts to my Twitter account. This was so easy to do in Tweet Adder.
In the ‘Tweets’ section I’d upload a .txt file of my tweets (one to a line). Tweet Adder has a great function where you can press a button and it’ll sort these tweets into a random order. It’ll then begin tweeting them out on a schedule you determine. You allocate a time period to tweet i.e. a tweet every 180 – 250 minutes. Tweet Adder will then send a random tweet out sometime in that period of time.
The Tweet Generator section allows you to write out a bunch of tweets using spintax, and it’ll then spin them into a text file. This is of limited interest to me.
I do use the RSS option which allows you to add some RSS feeds to Tweet Adder. It’ll then check the feeds for new content on a pre-determined time frame. This is useful if you want to add content to your Twitter feed – try adding RSS feeds from other blogs etc.
I don’t use the Re-Tweets and @Replies options. To me, they’re too spammy and impersonal. The Re-Tweet section allows you to re-tweet tweets from a selected Twitter user (or users). You can re-tweet random tweets of theirs, or chose to re-tweet based on keywords. The @Replies option enables you to send a reply to anyone who mentions you in a tweet. These replies are pre-written and are sent out randomly. Both these options go against my rule of maintaining the human touch on Twitter so I don’t use them.
The final tab gives you some options around Direct Messages. You can pre-write a bunch of direct messages to send to new followers and Tweet Adder will send these out. You can also send out automated DM’s to your followers – something I’d never do.
My Experience Using Tweet Adder
I’ve been using this program since 2009 so I’ve had a fair amount of experience using it. I’ve seen the good and bad of it, and have learnt a lot in the process.
To me, the biggest draw-back of Tweet Adder is that isn’t web-based. It’s a program that you run off your computer. The problem with this is that I’d prefer many of the tasks run 24/7, but I don’t want to leave my computer on all the time. This became a big issue because I like to tweet when I’m asleep, but my US followers are awake. I’d have to leave my PC on overnight to do this, and I began to see this as a waste of power, and also somewhat inconvenient, because it meant I had to get my laptop out, even if I wasn’t using it for anything else.
This may not be a big problem to other people. I know some users have a VPS setup and Tweet Adder is loaded onto that environment so it runs all the time.
This is the main reason why I started using Hootsuite for my scheduled tweets. Plus I had a bit more control over the tweets that went out (that’s probably another post in itself!).
But for finding people to follow and automating the follow / un-follow process, Tweet Adder rocks.
Also, over the past few years there have been a lot of changes to Twitter and sometimes Tweet Adder has had trouble logging in or getting the account information it needs. To counter this, they bring out program updates regularly that fix the problems. This is an important factor – no-one wants to buy a product that may end up not working. I’ve been happy with the amount of updates that have come out.
Tweet Adder Trial
When I was looking for Twitter software, I downloaded the Tweet Adder demo software and used it for a couple of days. The demo is fully functional for one Twitter account and limited to 250 follows, 10 messages, and 10 twitter updates. This is enough for you to see what it can do for you and decide whether it’s suitable.
Using Tweet Adder
Tweet Adder makes it easy to manage your Twitter accounts. You can have an unlimited amount of accounts in Tweet Adder (if you chose the Unlimited licence). I use it with five accounts and it’s helped me grow my followers over all those accounts.
On my main Twitter account I have a little over 30,000 followers who I have built up over the past three years. I have another account for my guitar website and it has accumulated a little over 15,000 followers in 18 months.
Remember, I don’t follow / un-follow aggressively with any of my accounts. I can see that this tool, if used wisely can help you grow your Twitter account in a sustainable way. However, it is also very easy to abuse Twitter with this tool – aggressive following and unfollowing, sending spam messages etc. It’s because of this aspect of it that has turned some people off using it. Again, it doesn’t bother me – it’s just a tool and, used wisely, it has it’s place.
It’s simple to use and, once you’ve set it up, requires very little ongoing work.
Tweet Adder Review Summary
I think Tweet Adder is good value for money. When I was looking for Twitter software I looked at a lot of options. The only one that I think is better is Social Oomph. It does all the things that Tweet Adder can do, plus a bit more and it’s web-based so you don’t need to leave your PC turned on. The problem is that it runs on a monthly subscription model that can make it a bit pricey compared to Tweet Adder which charges a once off licence fee per account. Check it out, it may represent better value for you.
I can honestly say that Tweet Adder has been reliable. Yes, it does crash sometimes, but the Tweet Adder crew track the bug reports and send out updates regularly.
In terms of adding followers and un-following people who won’t follow back, it works well.
I’d give it 5-stars if it was online instead of computer-based.
If you want a tool that’ll help you use Twitter more effectively, Tweet Adder could be for you. Check out the demo version today by clicking on the link below. It’s free, and provides a really good overview into what it can do for you.
If you have any questions about Tweet Adder or anything I’ve said in the Tweet Adder Review, please leave a comment below.