Best Twitter Tools to Get More Twitter Followers [Tweet Adder Alternatives]

Best Twitter Tools to Get More Twitter Followers [Tweet Adder Alternatives]

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best twitter tools to get more twitter followersSet it and forget itwebsite traffic is a dream of every marketer.

The only trouble with that dream is the fact that it doesn’t always play nicely with reality.

Especially when it comes down to social media traffic.

And even more specifically, Twitter traffic.

Twitter has recently restricted use of its API significantly, causing several Twitter tools to follow/unfollow users to shut down.

My favorite Twitter tool, Tweet Adder, which I’ve been using and recommending for the past two years, had also gone through a major overhaul, removing most automation features that made it a social media traffic generation dream come true.

Which Twitter tools are still worth their salt?

Which ones provide the most time-efficient way to get more Twitter followers?

Which Twitter tools allow you to get more Twitter followers at the best price – the best being free or as close to it as possible?

Yes, we are on a quest to find the best Twitter tools to get more Twitter followers.

Best Twitter Tools Criteria

To generate traffic from Twitter, we need more responsive followers who are interested in what we have to say.

How do we get such Twitter followers as efficiently as possible?

The criteria I’ll be looking at when exploring the tools to get more Twitter followers are as follows:

1. How well can I target new followers?

This is not a numbers game.

Ten targeted and engaged Twitter followers might help you to carry your business message a lot farther than 100 or even 1,000 Twitter followers who could care less about what you have to say.

2. How quickly can I follow them with each tool?

Here’s Twitter’s official policy on Automated Following and Un-Following:

The only auto-following behavior Twitter allows is automated or bulk follow-back. This refers to following a user after they have followed you. Please review our Follow Rules and Best Practices for a detailed discussion of following recommendations.

Also note that per the Twitter Rules, “get followers fast” applications and services are not allowed. Do not surrender your username and password to them, or otherwise grant access to or control of your account to any third party apps that claim to provide such services.

And just in case you missed this very important point:

Also note that per the Twitter Rules, “get followers fast” applications and services are not allowed.

I used to love using Tweet Adder to automate some of the tedious tasks of getting more Twitter followers: following and unfollowing, to be more precise.

To be clear, I was never a fan of fully automating the process. I still fired up my Tweet Adder on a daily basis manually setting it to follow/unfollow a certain number of people. I called it “manual automation”.

However, with new Twitter API rules, automatically getting more Twitter followers is just not possible any longer.

So now I am on the quest to get the best tool to make the task of following/unfollowing people as quick as possible – without full automation.

3. How easily can I unfollow people?

Why do you need to unfollow anyone?

Simply put, sooner or later you’ll have to unfollow those who don’t follow you to be able to follow more people.

Twitter daily following limit is 1,000 per day.

Please note that this is a technical account limit only, and there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior. Details about following limits and prohibited behavior are on the Follow Limits and Best Practices page.

Up to a limit of 2,000 followers that is.

Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios, i.e. you can follow 10% more than the number of your followers.

In other words, if 2,000 people are following you, you can follow 2,200, after which you have to wait till more people follow you (10% more).

However, you can be waiting forever till your follower ratio catches up with the number of people you are following.

My rule of thumb: if someone doesn’t follow me back after 5 days that usually means they are not interested in what you have to say. In this case, you need to unfollow them so that you can follow more people who are more interested in your tweets.

Here’s how it works:

get more twitter followers process

I’ll be looking for a tool that allows me to unfollow with ease.

Twitter Tools to Get More Twitter Followers

After looking into several Twitter tools that offer follow/unfollow features, my final contenders for the best Twitter tools are:

  • Tweet Adder
  • Brand Chirp
  • Tweepi

Let’s take a look at what each tool has to offer, how they stack up against each other, as well as my final recommendations.

Tweet Adder (Paid)

twitter tool tweetadder

Let’s start with my old favorite: Tweet Adder.

Those of you who’ve been around Traffic Generation Café for a while or are getting my free Bite-Size Traffic Hacks email series know that Tweet Adder used to be my to-go tool for Twitter traffic generation.

Since Twitter API restrictions though, Tweet Adder had to make some significant changes to comply with Twitter rules, which basically turned it from a leader in Twitter automation to just another tool to do the same basic tasks every other tool does as well.

Take a look:

Tweet Adder Version 3 – retired as of May 24, 2013

tweet adder twitter follower automation

The orange arrows are pointing to the Tweet Adder features that allowed you to follow/unfollow Twitter followers automatically.

Take a look at the new Tweet Adder version 4:

get more twitter followers with new tweet adder

Let’s take a look at how the new Tweet Adder measures up against the three best Twitter tool criteria set above.

Tweet Adder Pros and Cons

Pros

green checkMore of an “all-in-one” Twitter tool.

green checkOffers follow/unfollow (albeit the recent removal of most automated functions).

green checkCan add RSS feeds, send DMs (under “thank you messages”), schedule tweets/retweets, etc.

green checkGreat follower targeting.

green checkCan research Twitter trends.

green checkAllows to follow/unfollow now or save unlimited number of names for later follow/unfollow.

green checkMore economical Twitter tool: one-time price vs monthly subscription.

green checkBIG ONE: So far Tweet Adder seems to be the only Twitter tool to offer running multiple Twitter accounts through proxies.

Why use proxies with Tweet Adder?

You and I know that we are using Tweet Adder to ultimate add value to our new Twitter followers, not to spam them.

Twitter doesn’t know it.

So if they catch too many following/unfollowing requests from the same IP address (yours), they might ban you first and ask questions later.

How many is too many?

Anyone’s guess.

I’ve been able to follow thousands of folks per day without getting into trouble, and then some of my readers got banned after following 50 people by hand. 

So now I use proxies just to be on the safe side.

Cons

best twitter tools consMost follow/unfollow tasks are manual (although it’s hard to count it as a con since all Twitter tools have to comply with Twitter term of service and not allow any automation).

best twitter tools consPrice: used to be a bargain because of its automation features, but now Tweet Adder is a bit pricey for what it has to offer.

Is Tweet Adder My Recommendation for the Best Twitter Tool?

Allow me to say first that I am still pretty bitter that Tweet Adder had to turn off most of its automation features.

For those of us who were using the automation features to leverage our time and not to spam anyone on Twitter, this was a major blow.

That said, it’s not Tweet Adder’s fault.

They chose to do the right thing (i.e. comply with Twitter new terms of service) and good for them.

How does it position them among other Twitter tools?

After taking a deep breath and comparing it to other tools to get more Twitter followers, I was relieved to see that in many ways Tweet Adder is still ahead of its competition.

Here are the features that make is stand out in my eyes:

  • Running multiple Twitter accounts by proxy – this is huge. As far as I see, Tweet Adder is still the only tool to offer this feature.
  • Combining follow/unfollow features with Twitter management elements, like adding RSS feeds, scheduling tweets, automated welcome messages, automated retweets, etc.
  • Even though the number of features went down and the price remained the same, compared to the other Twitter tools I analyzed, Tweet Adder is still ahead: one-time fee always beats a monthly subscription as far as I am concerned.

So overall, yes – I still recommend and use Tweet Adder as my best Twitter tool of choice.

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But don’t take my word for it; let’s take a look at other candidates for the best Twitter tool.

BrandChirp.com (Paid)

best twitter tool brand chirp

Brand Chirp is very similar to Tweet Adder – not only it allows you to follow/unfollow Twitter users, but also do certain tweet management tasks.

Does it do it as well as Tweet Adder?

Let’s take a look:

Brand Chirp Pros and Cons

Pros

green checkShows how active prospective friends are (the last time they tweeted). There’s no reason to follow people who haven’t tweeted in a while.

green checkMore of an “all-in-one” Twitter tool.

green checkOffers follow/unfollow, as well as adding RSS feeds, brand monitoring, and scheduled tweets.

green checkGreat follower targeting.

green checkDoes have a one-time payment option vs a monthly subscription; a plus in my eyes.

green checkMultiple accounts (could be unlimited; I am not entirely sure).

Cons

best twitter tools consSearch by keywords is extremely slow.

best twitter tools consOverall, fewer features than Tweet Adder at a steeper price.

best twitter tools consMonthly subscription – adds up pretty quickly (unless you want to spend $200 up front).

Is Brand Chirp My Recommendation for the Best Twitter Tool?

After closely examining all the features, I think Tweet Adder still takes the lead over Brand Chirp: more features, less expensive, and more stable.

Tweepi.com (Free/Paid)

tweepi twitter tool

Tweepi allows you to discover and follow new users, unfollow users, find and unfollow inactive users and block followers who send spam.

Please keep in mind that at the moment, Tweepi Premium accounts are linked on per Twitter account basis. If you wish to upgrade more than one account, you’ll need to do so for each one.

Here’s the rundown on the features you can expect to get with Tweepi.com.

Tweepi Pros and Cons

Pros

green checkYou can follow other users’ followers or friends.

green checkYou can follow semi-automatically (from 20 to 200 people at a time depending on your account).

green checkYou can “flush” the unfollows.

green checkYou can cleanup inactives.

green checkCan run several Twitter accounts for free.

Cons

best twitter tools consBetter follower targeting is only available with premium accounts.

best twitter tools consPremium accounts get expensive: $7.49 – $14.99 per month per account.

best twitter tools consCan’t do any kind of tweeting (like adding RSS feeds, retweeting, DMs, etc)

Is Tweepi My Recommendation for the Best Twitter Tool?

I think Tweepi is pretty mighty for a free Twitter tool.

For those of you who are new to Twitter or still learning the ropes on how to put it to good use in your business, I think free Tweepi is a great choice.

It allows you to test the Twitter waters without any financial commitment.

However, if you are serious about Twitter traffic generation, I wouldn’t pay for their monthly subscription plan. I think it’s just too much to pay for multiple accounts and the fact that it doesn’t do much of anything else (any kind of Twitter management) makes it even more expensive.

Choose Tweet Adder in that case.

More Twitter Tools

The Twitter Tools listed above are the ones I’d strongly consider for getting more Twitter followers.

Of course, there are many more.

After a while, they all start looking the same.

Most of them offer a minimal free service and charge a monthly fee for more – and you always need more since you can’t really do much with their free options.

Here are just some of the Twitter tools I ran into:

Manageflitter.com

Manageflitter.com offers to unfollow 100 people per day for free – anything beyond that, including any following features will cost you $12 per month and up.

Granted, you can increase the unfollow limit to up to 2,000, but without being able to follow users, it doesn’t do you any good.

Justunfollow.com

Justunfollow.com is yet another unfollow tool that will let you to unfollow people and follow back those who followed you, but not follow new users.

Friendorfollow.com

Friendorfollow.com offers limited free features and the ability to unfollow/follow back, but not search/follower new users.

Best Twitter Tool Marketing Takeaway

Whether we like it or not, we have to adapt to changes.

Recent Twitter API limitations were just one such change.

Getting Twitter followers will never be as easy as it used to be; true.

But getting more Facebook fans was never that easy to begin with, yet we managed just fine, right?

I’ve given you four pretty darn good choices to do well with getting more Twitter followers, establishing your brand, and getting more Twitter traffic back to your site.

Twitter can be an incredible traffic generator (it always has been for Traffic Generation Café); it’s time to figure out how to make it work for YOU.

 

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  1. Yes, the option you have recommended that the people that are not following you back are not interested in you is really true. And we should unfollow them quickly.

    Thanks for sharing this post

  2. Glad that I found this post, but it also scares me a bit. I created a new Twitter account a week ago and I was looking into various automation tools, but now I’m no longer sure if it’s a good idea to use any of those tools.

    I did a bit of research and I learned that people’s accounts got shut down although they added only 20-30 followers per day – this doesn’t really sound a lot.

    Also, some people claim that certain tools are safer than others. I will take a closer look at TweetAdder.

  3. Great post Ana, its the best I’ve seen so far on twitter traffic. I love your site, everything is just so easy and very organized. Thanks for sharing

  4. Stuart

    Thanks Anna for your evaluation… very useful.
    I agree the proxy is very valuable.
    Would love to have your evaluation of this one: IE Tweet Attacks Pro II… apparently set up in a place where Twitter cannot close them down. tweetattackspro.com
    I also looked at all the other options, and apart from those you mention, I thought the above was the only possible option… but I may be missing something.
    Interested to hear more from any others too. And thanks for their comments too.

    • Ana Hoffman

      I definitely won’t be spending $300 on software of unknown origins, Stuart… Let’s see if anyone else around here has ever heard about it/used it.

  5. It says that the business has to be on twitter. This social media is an effective way to introduce your products/services to others. I do believe that active many followers can be convert most of the times to become customers. So, if this tool can help us to get twitter followers it’s good to use this stuff.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Any business has to be where its customers are, Dave – naturally. It can be anything from Twitter to Facebook to G+.

  6. Ana, don’t you think using these tools to follow so many people will flood your account with lots of posts and you may not be able to see important tweets of your related brand?

    • Ana Hoffman

      It’s a good point, Carol, and it’ll happen whether you use any tools or not.

      The trick is to build lists to make sure you follow people we want/need to follow.

  7. Hi Ana,

    Lovely post as always :)

    Oh yes…though I’ve known all of these three Twitter tools from before but I’ve gone in for Tweepi because it does do wonders for being a free tool. Yes, they have a paid version too, but never tried that one out.

    Nevertheless, I rarely follow anyone, but I do check all those who follow me before following them back. I guess I’m a pretty content person and happy with the few I have. I agree, once in a while I also unfollow those who aren’t following me any longer, though that’s very rare because they followed me first, which happens only when they like your content. I’d say it’s a slow process this way, but a sure one that those who follow you would always stay :)

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a lovely week ahead :)

  8. By the way, after the uproar about TweetAdder’s “Upgrade”, I dont expect them to start grinding their remaining customers for a monthly fee anytime soon…or lose what they have left!
    Just my gut.

  9. Hi thanks for your comprehensive post. I too have been a very satisfied user of TA3 for many years and have gotten astounding results using it in terms of quality and quantity followers.

    I’m using TA4 now with an auto clicker, which works but isn’t the “set it and forget it” option I need as I send hundreds to a thousand follows and unfollows a day on my big accounts.

    I’ve been actively researching alternatives since I found out this day was coming in April, and I haven’t been satisfied with anything I’ve found. One of my big hangups is that I am on a Mac, and I want a solution to run natively on my system. All of the other ones people are talking abouot (TweetDemon/TweetAttacks etc) are all PC programs.

    I’ve been talking to a developer to build me the exact tool I need, which is an add-on to the new Tweet Adder that replicates the automated functions. If anyone’s interested in this Mac-only too, please get in touch with me. He’s trying to raise $500 to build it, but the more people who commit to it the lower the price will get. That said, I’m more than willing to invest $100 in a tool that gives me what I need on the scale I need it.

    Tony

    • Ana Hoffman

      I am on Mac as well, Tony, and have the same limitations.

      Of course, it’s clearly against Twitter TOS to use any automated follow/unfollow tool, so I’d be careful about creating one or telling the whole world you’ve got it. lol

  10. I’ve been using Tweet Adder for around 24 months and while I still love the automated tweets, I’ve had nothing but hassle when it comes to logging in for the last 2 years!!!

    I’m no ‘tech-head’ and refuse to spend any more time on this issue. No matter how many updates, no matter how many times I uninstall and re-install, it takes me THREE ATTEMPTS to log in! It’s like three is the magical number that finally allows me to access Tweet Adder.

    Of couse, Tweet Adder haven’t got A CLUE how to resolve this. *sigh*

    • Ana Hoffman

      Sorry to hear that, Gareth. Not sure if I have the magic Tweet Adder touch, but I’ve never had trouble logging in.

  11. Ana,

    The internet and the major players who make up it’s fabric continue not to disappoint! The changes keep coming be they from Twitter, Facebook, Google or even government pushing legislation to collect sales tax on internet purchases!

    Here again as the internet and all it’s major players continue to evolve so must we! I HATE it as most do, but who cares … now once again I need to accept change or be ‘run down’ by it!

    Thanks Ana for offering all of us a ready made plan backed by your research and experience to adapt to these changes!

    TJ

  12. Hi Anna,

    I can see there is a serious difference between you and other social media influencers I know. This post, for example is different because:

    1. it is incredibly systematic
    2. I shows a a long and solid experience in the field
    3. It breaths some kind of power
    4. I feel a little bit overwhelmed by the information.

    This post and the way you are doing things reminds me of a knight in armour or better like Rambo carrying a huge load of automatic weapons. You are using your guns one buy one, shooting in all directions, covering every square inch of the field until nobody, absolutely nobody remains alive.
    I must say I have never met someone like you. On the one side value, on the other side power, anxiety, sufferings. This is the image you give to us.
    Thank you very much for this valuable post and excuse me for being maybe to sincere.

    Silviu

  13. Hey Ana,

    I never purchased Tweet Adder when it was really popular a few years back. Okay, it probably still is but I went with a lesser known product and it fit my needs.

    In the beginning when I was building up my followers I did use that particular automated system but only followed 50 people a day. I will also admit that it’s really a hard thing to do, get quality followers through an automated method. Obviously you must be having a lot of luck in that area but I prefer just to add people as I come across them so I don’t have a lot of followers but I do have mostly quality ones at best.

    I can understand Twitter coming out with this rule because there are just so many people who are here for the wrong reasons now. It makes it more difficult for the rest of us but oh well. Just another rule that’s changed so we’ll just deal with this one too.

    Thanks for these great tips. I always appreciate how detailed you are in your posts.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Ana Hoffman

      There are certainly plenty of people who can give any product a bad reputation by (ab)using it to their advantage, Adrienne; you are so right about that.

      I can definitely see advantages to building Twitter followers organically; it just takes a long time, of course.

      Curious: which Twitter tool are you referring to?

      • Sorry I’m late getting back by here Ana, I’ve been out of town.

        Okay, I have Tweet Whistle which isn’t as advanced but will do a lot of what Tweet Adder will. It’s a simple program which is really what I like.

        • Ana Hoffman

          No worries, Adrienne; completely understand.

          Haven’t heard of Tweet Whistle; will check it out – thanks!

  14. Tweet Adder is my favourite Twitter tool, because of it’s schedule Tweet feature, which allows me to interact with my followers even while i’m away or travelling.

  15. helen chan

    Hi Anna, this post is really helpful for me since I am struggling with finding a suitable tool for attract more followers to my twitter. I really like that you show us both pros and cons of each product. Keep on sharing.
    Cheers,

  16. I too was a bit disappointed at Tweet Adder’s loss of features but as you said it is Twitter new TOS so we just have to roll with it. But in all honesty the Tweepi service which I never heard of til now sounds like it can do pretty much what I would need anyway plus it is free!

  17. Tweet adder has made my life a lot easier…It’s amazingly convenient and simple to use..I think Twitter needs to loosen up its policies on API..Else lot of creative tools will not reach the Twitter audience.

  18. Hi Ana,

    I must admit I did not that Twitter had changed those rules. I have never really got into Twitter. I set up a couple of accounts for my niche because I kept reading that Twitter would bring you traffic but I never found it did. It may be of course that I was not using it the right way or that I never really learned to use it to my advantage.

    Some marketers/coaches say they use it more for building relationships with other marketers than for traffic.

    Now that Google is placing more emphasis on social signals for ranking sites I think it’s worth taking a more serious look at it.
    Your insights are a great help.

    Sandy

    • Ana Hoffman

      I used to drive a LOT of traffic from Twitter, Sandy – especially when I ran up to 5 accounts with Tweet Adder.

      Now that I am much more restricted time-wise, my Twitter traffic has dropped significantly.

      It’s definitely worth the effort, but it is a lot of work.

  19. yes, the option you have recommended that the people that are not following you back are not interested in you is really true. And we should unfollow them quickly.

  20. Hello,

    Amazing tips! to be honest im totally new to tweetadder, i guess im gonna try it soon.

    Getting targeted followers is very important to drive the traffic to our blog or some business strategies.

    thanks for the post.

  21. Not really a fan of automating twitter too. I use hootsuite to send out my tweets on a certain time of the day. I do check my twitter profile to see if there are tweets sent to me, I try to reply to each one as possible. It shows that I care, time consuming? Yes, but definitely worth it for me. Thanks for the share in Bizsugar!

    • Ana Hoffman

      There’s only that much we can do for our businesses before we run out of time, Teepu, right?

      I am all for the right kind of automation.

  22. Well a neatly doesn’t trick to add more and more followers.
    I wasn’t knowing about any apps yet which can do this so simply.
    Really will try it, hope Twitter doesn’t blocks my account :)
    keep sharing!!!

  23. Ana – I use tweet adder, and you are right – it’s been wonderful. I use it very slowly to add followers. But, no more – I will have to add this to my VA to do. Tweet adder did imply that they are going to do membership style in the future for licenses – so it will be going up in price.

    I was wondering what the new style would look like – of course they really didn’t tell you on the email announcing the update, so it was hard to tell.

    • Ana Hoffman

      It’ll be interesting to see how they are planning on raising the prices after just cutting down on their services…

  24. Thanks for the update Ana!
    Like you I avoid monthly suscriptions like the plague.
    Looks like my VA will have one more thing to do now that Tweetadder has changed – hopefully it will at least result in higher quality follows. Interested to know – How will you manage the changes?
    Cheers, Quinn

    • Ana Hoffman

      I think I am going to back off Twitter for a while, Quinn; there’s no way I can do what I used to with Tweet Adder by hand being a one-person job. I keep thinking I need to hire a VA, but then I don’t have the time to look for one. :)

  25. Now, I came to know how people at Fiverr or SEO Clerks are helping people in getting new followers… These things are really appreciated for sharing :)

    Thanks :)

    • Ana Hoffman

      You can’t get thousands of followers in a couple of days with any of these tools; not any longer anyway.

  26. Ana I only have the one account. And although it is a PITA. I just use Social Bro and manage everything manually. I couldn’t ever bring myself to pay for Tweet Adder which you and someone else was suggesting. Looks like I’ll just keep sticking with it and get Carpal Tunnel? :)

    • Ana Hoffman

      Sometimes sticking with what we know and are comfortable with is the best way to go, Jason.

      SocialBro though? I’ve taken a look at it and, for the price, there are much better options available. Even free Tweepi might work better.

      • Oh no… I use the free version of Social Bro! The Pro version is way too expensive. I’m a blogger on a serious budget just like most of us. No way would I spend that kind of money for just Twitter Management. :)

        I’ll have to check out Tweepi though. Thanks again! :)

  27. I’m now looking for a long time for a automated twitter tool. I was not sure if it’s worth the money or not. This post really helps me to make a decision.