If you’ve used Twitter for a while, you might have stumbled across a follow for follow thread.
These threads are really popular on Twitter as they can help you grow your followers quickly.
The question is, are these threads really helpful in the long run?
In this article, I’ll dive into the intricacies of the follow for follow strategy on Twitter.
You’ll learn how to find follow for follow threads in and outside of Twitter, how to use them, and more.
Table of Contents
- What is follow for follow?
- Does follow for follow work on Twitter?
- How to use follow for follow on Twitter
- Can you mass follow on Twitter?
What is follow for follow?
Fundamentally, follow for follow is the act of following others for the hope of getting a follow back.
This strategy is originated in the early days on Instagram where there aren’t many restrictions.
Back then, you could follow thousands of people without getting your account in trouble.
However, in the present, if you try to follow a bunch of users one after the other, your account will be action blocked.
Instagram’s action block can last for several hours, 24 hours, or even more.
The action block is probably one of the most frustrating things on Instagram as you’re restricted from following, unfollowing, liking, etc.
Twitter has an action block as well, but it’s less “forceful” as compared to Instagram’s.
The follow for follow strategy is popular on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter because it’s a quick way to grow your followers.
In addition, it has fewer implications in contrast to buying followers or likes.
Following someone back on social media is the norm for the longest time.
Back when Facebook started, not accepting someone’s friend request can be deemed as an act of disrespect.
Using the same concept, not following someone back (especially if you know them in-person) might disappoint them, to say the least.
People learned to take advantage of this concept and started following random users for the hope of getting a follow back.
Does follow for follow work on Twitter?
In short, yes, follow for follow does work on Twitter. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses—there are some disadvantages to using it.
I tried using follow for follow threads on Twitter for a week, and the results were mixed.
Follow for follow does work on Twitter, but it may harm your account in the long run if you’re not using it correctly.
If you’re hoping to use this strategy to grow your followers, you’ll need to be aware of its advantages, as well as its disadvantages.
After all, you need to know what you’re getting into when you’re using it to grow your followers. Otherwise, you might regret doing it.
To begin with, here is a summary of its advantages.
Firstly, the follow for follow strategy is the easiest way you can grow your Twitter followers.
You can literally start a brand new Twitter account and grow it to a hundred followers in a jiffy using it.
If you’re growing a Twitter account from scratch, you can use follow for follow to get your first hundred followers.
After using the follow for follow strategy for a week, I went from 0 to 200 followers without having to post a single tweet.
Which brings me to the next point—you don’t have to tweet much while you’re at it.
Since your growth is reliant on following others, you don’t have to tweet at all to grow your followers.
Similarly, you don’t have to interact with other’s tweets if you don’t want to.
If you’re looking to grow your Twitter followers organically, you’ll have to consistently tweet and engage with other people.
Besides, it’ll take a longer time for you to grow unless one of your tweets go viral.
On the other hand, if you’re using follow for follow, you just need to focus on following others and liking some comments.
That being said, if you don’t tweet much, this strategy is for you.
Now let’s move on to its disadvantages.
Firstly, your Twitter feed will be filled with a ton of random tweets.
If you’re not careful about who you follow, your feed is going to be crowded by a massive number of tweets.
Your feed might be overwhelmed with irrelevant tweets.
This will make it harder for you to keep up with every tweet.
To make matters worse, you might miss the tweets of people that you care about.
For example, if your friend tweeted something an hour ago, it might be buried under hundreds of other tweets.
Because of this, you’ll have to scroll for a long time to find their tweet.
To prevent your feed from getting overwhelmed, you’ll have to constantly mute others.
In order to mitigate this, you’ll have to mute the tweets of people that you’ve recently followed.
Secondly, the follow for follow strategy on Twitter is very time-consuming.
The number of people you follow will determine the number of followers you’ll gain.
This means that you’ll have to follow thousands of people in order to gain thousands of followers.
Following people takes a lot of work; it’s no easy task.
Moreover, you need to watch out for the Twitter follow limit to prevent getting action blocked.
Lastly, your followers/following ratio will be imperfect. Having a bad followers/following ratio can harm your Twitter account.
As you’re following a large number of random of people, a lot of them won’t interact with your tweets.
This will dilute your engagement rate.
In addition, you’ll have to consistently keep track of unfollowers and unfollow them.
Otherwise, your followers/following ratio will worsen.
How to use follow for follow on Twitter
The easiest way to use the follow for follow strategy to grow your Twitter followers is to join follow for follow threads on Twitter or Indiehackers.
A follow for follow thread is like a follow train where people follow each other.
Utilizing these threads is a great way to expand your Twitter audience fast.
The general idea is to follow as many people as possible in these threads to gain the most number of followers.
But how do you find these threads?
Follow for follow threads are a prominent thing in Indiehackers.
Though the community is primarily focused on entrepreneurship; it has many groups where you can engage in different topics.
One of the trends on Indiehackers is follow for follow threads.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can use the follow for follow thread (link here) on Indiehackers.
- Share your Twitter link.
- Follow other Indiehackers on Twitter.
- Send them a direct message that you came from Indiehackers for a follow back.
Follow for follow threads on Indiehackers are very helpful as you can potentially gain hundreds of followers from them.
If you’re into entrepreneurship, the thread is perfect for you as you’ll be connecting with like-minded people.
These threads are posted inconsistently in the community, so you’ll have to watch out for them.
Otherwise, you can post one yourself and hope that it gets on the home page.
Personally, I gained more than 300 followers on Twitter from Indiehackers alone.
Other follow for follow threads you can use are the ones from Twitter.
These threads typically require you to comment a “❤️” emoji, and you have to follow everyone that likes your comment.
Likewise, you can like other peoples’ comments to get them to follow you.
I tried using these threads on Twitter and I gained more than 200 followers in the span of a week.
However, I do not recommend using them as the people there don’t engage that much.
Moreover, your feed will be filled with a ton of random tweets really quickly.
That being said, you can still use them if you just want to grow your followers.
If you care about your engagement rate and followers/following ratio, you should stay away from these threads.
Can you mass follow on Twitter?
You can mass follow on Twitter, but you will be blocked from following once you hit the follow limit.
You can follow up to 400 accounts per day with an unverified account, and 1,000 accounts per day with a verified account.
In Twitter’s own words, you can follow up to 400 accounts per day with an unverified account.
On the other hand, verified accounts can follow up to 1,000 accounts per day.
However, this does not put the rate of which you’re following into account.
If you follow others one after the other, you will be temporarily blocked from following.
This is Twitter’s approach to reducing spam and automation on its platform, which is similar to Instagram’s.
However, if you do get action blocked on Twitter, it only lasts for several minutes in contrast to Instagram’s 24 to 48 hours.
Using follow for follow on Twitter is a controversial way to grow your followers.
Despite its controversies and disadvantages, the follow for follow strategy is still an efficacious way to grow your Twitter audience.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to determine whether its pros outweigh its cons.