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How to Really Gain Free Followers on Twitter

June 11th, 2010 by Admin | 9 Comments | Filed in Social Media & Media

Most people on Twitter want more followers. Followers are the people we communicate to or with and no one wants to talk to a blank wall.

There are good ways and scams, or unsuccessful ways to gain followers, even quickly. Unfortunately good people, especially those new to Twitter fall for the scams.

Like an adolescent experiencing a sudden acne breakout, Twitter goes through eruptions of Tweets that promise more Twitter followers.

Some of these “Free Followers”  sites seem to advise their customers to follow people like me — who follow back –and then once we do follow back to unfollow us immediately.  What these sites fail to tell their customers is that this behavior will only result in their being unfollowed, resulting in a loss of time and effort. Plus, some of us in the follow back group are now only following back people who do not have some version of the free followers message in their Twitter stream, as these people do not want a Twitter relationship or experience, just a notch in their belt. Who wants to be part of the body count?

These followers can come at a cost or be free, except that one must tweet the ads of the site that promises these followers.

What’s the Catch?

There are several catches to these schemes. How many catches varies by site and the reason(s) why a person who subscribes to the site wants followers in the first place.

Let’s assume that you want more people to follow you as this will give you a larger group of people to share your ideas and products to. Assuming that you have ideas worth sharing that people do and will benefit from this is a good goal. The people with the most followers on Twitter, including celebrities make it interesting and even fun for people to follow them.

This goal means that you want real, live and active followers. It is impossible to rally share with a robot, spammer or fake twitter account, because no one is reading Tweets.

Many of the schemes that promise Twitter followers involve fake or faux followers. These are accounts that are set up by one person or a group that exist for the purpose of following and spamming people with sales messages for products that they promote via tweets that are paid advertisements or affiliate sales messages. A site can promise you 100+ of these followers since all of these Twitter ID’s actually are set up, owned and run by the creator of the site. This may enhance one’s follower count, but will quickly downgrade your Twitter experience as these fake accounts spam you.

Another Scam that Can End Up With Great Results for All

Other sites and schemes offer lists of people who follow back. These reciprocal followers are also called Mutuals. The idea is that since Mutuals reciprocate and follow back, by following them one quickly gains followers.

I am well known as a Mutual who follows back. My Twitter ID, @judyrey is on most of these lists. If you think following people who follow you back works for you – and basically I highly recommend it—then this will work as a way to meet some interesting and often interactive Twitter people. Beware that some of these site also include spammer accounts that are setup to follow back but basically belong in the robot group mentioned above.

When a Twitter member follows me, or someone else who generally reciprocates with a follow, we both get a new follower who can become a friend and ally over time. An initial follow is a “Hello!”, not really a great commitment as anyone can easily unfollow.

The scam part happens when people follow a mutual with the mistaken idea that they will soon unfollow and somehow keep their new follower. This is a kind of bait and switch scam.

I do not know of any Twitter Mutuals who do not eventually unfollow people who unfollow them. Many unfollow and even block these scammers– and if they are spammers report them to @spam.

Along the line of Mutuals there are sites where a person can sign up to follow the people listed on the site and then become listed on the site oneself. This is not actual reciprocity of following but reciprocity of the number of people one follows from the site.

Since Twitter is a free site and service many people join, follow people and then disappear for days, months or even forever without closing their accounts. If these people have set their accounts to automatically follow back they can end up making the follow back lists and sites as Mutuals.


If you are really interested in live people with active accounts then always look to see the date or time of a person’s last Tweet before you follow initiate a follow. By only initiating follows for people who have tweeted within the past day strengthens your odds of relating to an active Twitter account. Of course, the content of what the person Tweeted is also a factor in selecting people to follow.

Real Live Followers are Not Slaves

No one can give real live people to you as followers, nor can you buy them. This idea is nonsense unless slavery exists.

Of course, I suppose people could be paid to follow other people, but who hires an audience? Why would you want this?

Actual followers—people who want to see your Tweets and follow your links to articles and images — are real people just like you. And, just like you they deserve to be treated politely with respect. Probably, like you, they are worth the time to follow and to some degree get to know.

The best and easiest way to gain more followers is to reach out and follow people. Since you can always unfollow anyone, there is no risk to this. However, you probably want to change your settings so people only sent those thank you’s for the follow to your Direct Messages (DMs) and not your email also.

Use and lists to discover interesting people to follow. If you follow people you especially like check out their lists to find interesting people to follow. Also follow people they recommend on Follow Friday. Many of these people will follow you back.

Perhaps my best piece of advice regarding gaining more followers, is to be your true self—the person you intrinsically are “meant” to be. Be authentic.

If you make a mistake, acknowledge it (I call myself the Tpyo Queen), but move on. Do not try to please others to gain followers.

As an artist I basically deal with art and inspiration, but verge off to other things that interest me, including social media, resulting in this blog. Tweet about what interest you, what you want to share to encourage, entertain, inform, inspire or even enlighten your followers. Some of this will be ReTweeted (RT) and will also gain you followers.

The Best Real Free Followers

The best real free followers are the people who actually read your Tweets and benefit from following you. This can involve interaction, but not always.

I am the kind of follower I would like most to have. I guess this is sort of a way to do onto others…As a follower, I lurk my Twitter stream, do read and follow links, but may not RT or comment on everyone I find that benefits or interests me. I RT based on whether the information will benefit my followers, not based on whether it will benefit the person who originated the tweet. However, except for news sources, I tend to basically RT the people who follow me.

Followers like me are free to gain. These followers are free to come, free to go, free to stay, interact and become friends. These are the best free followers.

Some people believe that having more people follow them than they follow somehow proves they are important. I figure that since I am interesting, and an artist founding a 21st Century theory of Post Conceptual Art, anyone who finds me interesting is probably pretty smart and interesting—thus someone I could learn from so I remain relevant and interesting myself. I am much happier swimming freely, even among bigger fish in an ocean, than being the biggest minnow in a teacup.

Happy, safe and fulfilling tweeting!
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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How to Fail Your Way to Success

June 3rd, 2010 by Admin | 11 Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

No one succeeds like a former failure.

Learning what not to do can far more valuable that learning what to do to succeed— especially in our fast paced, ever changing contemporary times.

What Differentiates People Who Fail from People who Succeed?

What differentiates truly successful people from the rest of the herd, is that the people who are most successful have a greater capacity for failure. Reading the biographies of the most successful self made people who were or are leaders in the arts, politics or business reveals that before success they were regarded as basically failures, and thought to have little likelihood of success. The lessons learned from their failures proved invaluable to gaining success.

While most people and the educational system in most countries focus on getting good grades and doing well, what students really need to learn – or actually relearn — is how to fail, even how to appreciate failure.

Children are born with deep appreciation and capacity for failing. During the first year of a normal, healthy human’s life the baby fails far more than it succeeds at almost anything she consciously attempts.

There are milestones in a healthy baby’s life are well known. We know approximately when to expect the babe to first roll over, sit up, crawl, say a word, walk, etc. The difference between a baby who learns faster is not necessarily that she is naturally more intelligent or agile. The fast learners are simply more willing and determined to risk and fail more.

When children are allowed to play freely on their own, such as in a playground environment, they generally attempt new activities without fear of failure. In fact, most children are so reckless in how and what they will try that they need constant supervision to keep them from being harmed.

How Education Can Promote a Lack of Success

Prior to the baby boomer generation, which flooded public schools in the United States the emphasis was on learning and demonstrating new scholastic abilities and understandings, not passing tests. This may seem the same as they point in the same direction, but one fails to hit the bull’s eye of achievement.

A school year was divided into A (usually fall-winter) and B (winter-spring) sessions. Students were kept back, promoted or skipped to the next session in all grades when the teacher determined the student had mastered the work. This approach is more based on apprenticeship, where the teacher and even older students serve as masters to emulate. One room schoolhouses used this system.

The apprenticeship mode of learning, which is what a baby has, means that is was safer for a student to experiment or fail as what was eventually necessary was mastering the material not gaining a grade, which would average both the failures and successes.

Beginning with the baby boomer generation, we learned not to fail but to pass tests, which often simply mean regurgitating information back for a test. The test results are prepared to those taken by other students. So, the focus is peer to peer and competitive. Any test that is graded on a curve shows not mastery, but how well the other students did. A student who is barely competent, but scores the highest can reap an “A” when the bell curve is used to score a test.

While competition can be fun and motivate achievement, most learning comes from a simple desire to achieve. From the baby who risks failure time and time again to the physically challenged elderly who wants to master walking independently with a cane, humans are willing to risk failure to gain independence or what is expected to be a better life.

Unfortunately, testing and qualifying based on skills or aptitude became confused with right or wrong. A test answer was “right” or “wrong”, which really meant correct or incorrect. The terms Right and Wrong can have moral implications. So Wrong and Failure became confused. There is nothing intrinsically morally wrong or right with failure or success.

Real Learning = Failure =  Success

Learning can be understood to be synonymous with discovery, invention and creativity.

When Edison invented the light bulb after a thousand failed attempts, he also actually learned how to make light bulbs.

When Columbus discovered America he also learned there was land between Europe and the Far East and charted his discoveries so others could replicate them.

When Pissaro and Monet created a new way of painting by focusing on the light, rather that the subject (such as a landscape) that the light illuminated, they learned a whole new way of painting and fathered Impressionism and Modern Art.

Yet all of these immensely successful people were considered to be failures by themselves and others until their new information was recognized. For most achievements failure, even great failures precede success.

How Vision Ties in with Success

The primary sense of all healthy, sighted normally human beings (including via corrective lenses) is vision. Sixty-five percent of the normal human brain is dedicated to vision. That leaves thirty-five percent to other senses and activities. The majority of people are primarily visual learners.

When we understand something we say phrases like. “I see it”, “I can see your point” or when we cannot agree, “Show me!”

The baby first learning to walk first “sees” the idea of such grand mobility by seeing other humans, both adults and children walking. The baby makes visual connections: their feet look like the baby feet, as do other human hands. The baby understands the theoretical concept of walking, but cannot walk.

The visual lessons learned about space and barriers, such as the rails in the crib or playpen serve the baby in the experience of walking. A not yet walking baby will crawl over to a chair, table or human and pull itself up to the standing position, then take a few steps while holding on to steady herself. The initial attempts to walk are filled with many, even weeks of failure to walk as the baby learns incrementally what works and builds the muscle, hand and leg eye coordination, spatial and muscular memories, etc., that will bring eventual success.

If you have even witnessed a baby who is just learning to walk in her own, then you have seen that the child’s recognition of this early achievement is visual. The baby lets go of its support, takes a few steps and looks around with recognition, and delight dawning that she is unsupported and free. That wonderful surprise may cause her to lose her tenuous balance and fall on her well diapered butt, but she will soon try again with more success.

When adults see a baby take those first steps they almost always smile and encourage the child – even past the point when the baby falls—they always fall. The older humans are focused on the baby’s achievement, not the temporary failure that inevitably follows.

While the first year of a baby’s life is understood to be the year filled with the most growth and development for a human being, if we look at actual achievement—the kind that is measured by tests like survival, human babies are almost utter failures. Unlike other species the average one year old human is barely mobile, cannot feed itself or gain its own food, clean itself, meaningfully interact with its peers or recognize real danger – like fire. Yet given another few years of development and many more failures that baby will grow into a human that will overtake and master the other species with its abilities and skills.

How to Use Failures to Achieve Success

“Never give up, never give up, never give up…” Sir Winston Churchill in a speech during the darkest days in WWII, before the USA joined the war against the Nazis and England was left standing alone.

The difference between remaining a failure and using failure to achieve great success lies in one’s focus. Churchill focused on winning the war. The horrible losses England suffered did not mean the war was lost, just the battles. Churchill refused to give up.

A set back is simply a setback, not the end of a journey. While doing the same thing that failed will not bring success, a new, alternate way can be found, invented or created. Like learning to walk, when enough things that do not work are eliminated, what works will be left.

Success in life is achieved by refusing to give up while finding a new way to achieve one’s goal(s). Most people who “failed”, people we seem to recognize as failures are simply people who gave up. Failure is not an option, but it is a decision of everyone who quits.

A Challenge

I challenge you to join me in failing. Like Edison, Columbus, Pissaro, Monet, Churchill, and most everyone else who achieved something great or their heart’s desire. Dare to fail big, even boisterously in front of everyone you know towards achieving what you want to achieve (this differs sometimes from what others want you to achieve). Be willing to risk failure, then adjust and even fail some more until you achieve your success.

If you can fail and pick yourself up, adjust and give it another wiser go, then you have what it takes to succeed.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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