One of our customers mentioned that Hummingbird Redux slowed down when following 1000 people at one time. At first I thought why would you want to follow 1000 people a day because it puts your account at great risk of suspension. Twitter does allow you to follow 1000 people a day like it used to according to their Terms of Service but on the following paragraph under support they do warn against churn. Churn is following and unfollowing people and that is the real issue. How do you follow a large number of people and not have to unfollow a large number of people a few days later because you are at your follow limit?
The first thing I wanted to do was to check on the speed. It is true that the more people you follow at one time the slower the program becomes because it is doing checks and using more memory. I wondered is this because the program or does it have to do with just the list and going through them. After testing we found that it is actually going down one list of followers that starts to slow the program down because it loads a page then goes down that page to find the people. The more pages it loads the more it has to go down through and the longer it takes. We are looking at a way to improve or eliminate this challenge in the future. The other interesting thing is that the more pages you load and the farther you go into any twitter list the worse your follow-back percentage.
The question really is how can I improve my twitter follow-back percentage and also improve the speed of Hummingbird Redux. After more experiments I found a great way to do both of these things.
Set your number of people to follow for 50-100 people at a time in you account settings. If you have accounts that get a lot of people for you to follow-back daily or you do not do your following back every day or a couple times a day set it for 100 and not 50. I have a few test accounts that will get over 50 people to follow-back everyday on twitter.
Sign in to your account and pick someone and go to their followers list to follow all. Then follow all and it should only take a couple minutes to complete the task. Then go to another twitter account to follow their followers. Go up to login and sign back in automatically to the same account. This will reset the following number so you can follow another 100 people on the twitter account you have selected. You can do this 4 or 5 times and if you combine this will doing a follow-back first then picking an account you can also track how many people you follow each day pretty accurately. So sign into your twitter account and do a follow-back first if you desire. Then go to another account and continue following people till it stops. That is your first 100 people that you followed.
From all my testing this process will provide you faster following and also improve your follow-back percentage. Remember that the biggest challenge Twitter has will following larger number of people is unfollowing them later. If we were to get everyone we follow to follow us back we would never have an issue with Twitter. The closer we get to that 100% the better for everyone.
Keep playing and experimenting yourself. If you find something that improves your success or learn something that makes a difference let me know so we can get the word out to everyone. The more we work together the better our Twitter experience will be.
Hummingbird 2 or Hummingbird Redux as we call it today is still able to build twitter followers faster and easier than anyone else. Of course you could waste your money purchasing followers from some company but our testing shows this is dangerous and a big waste of money. I personally know from spending hundreds of dollars in the past purchasing followers on test accounts. What I ended up with at the end is silly followers that interfered with me following back real accounts and in the end twitter shut down the fake accounts anyway creating another issue. My ratio of following to followers was so far off that it took me months to get the accounts back to working condition again. The other challenge with it was that it did nothing for SEO and nothing for my promotions because they are worthless dead accounts. If you have any experience on Twitter today you know what companies I am referring to here with these fake media companies that are spamming twitter selling cheap followers. Even the accounts that are promoting the links are fake and just a computer generated or affiliate account.
So how do you build followers faster using Hummingbird. The number one thing today is that there are not as many automated systems for following back like Hummingbird does. This means it takes longer for many people to follow back so increase the time before you unfollow someone. I still get around 25-30% follow back within a couple hours but before it used to be closer to 60-70% using the same process.
The next tip is to follow less people on someone’s followers list not following. From my current testing it appears that a 50% follow back is pretty common on accounts that are active but I always want more. If I follow 300 people at a time per day I will gain 120-180 within 24 hours on average. The reason for 300 is that I want to stay at around 400 a day to keep accounts safe. You can push this to 500 but a little more risky and if Twitter’s automatic detection system gets buggy you could get a temporary suspension. I do not do 400 at a time because we do a follow back as well a couple times a day and I have noticed an increase in these numbers up to 130 in one day just following back. The follow back accounts are around 50/50 for quality because of the automated system set up by the media company on spamming accounts. Easy to identify them though with the buy followers in their descriptions. They will more than likely also spam your DM with a message and if you do not report them and block them the messages will continue so do us all a favor and report them as spam to help cleanup Twitter from automated spam.
To improve the results set Hummingbird to do 100 at most when following tweeps on the list of Twitter followers. This gets the most active people and you can just follow people a couple times a day if you like to get more. I have done this a few ways. One is keep it at 300 and just go to someones account look at their followers list and see if I like it and start following them. Stop the follow when I start to see some accounts that are poor and then move on to another account and do the same thing till Hummingbird finishes following all 300. This was pretty good and also increased my follow back percentage to over 60% on average. The other was to set Hummingbird to the 100 and just go to an account and follow 100 then move to another Twitter account that I test and follow 100 from another account and rotate through them. Remember that Hummingbird resets the number each time you log into an account and does not track it by day.
Have a great day and experiment to see what works good for you.
Here is a couple tips that you might find useful to build and manage your twitter accounts better:
- Don’t bother following everyone from a certain account. You are wasting your time and efforts. Pick a different account everyday to follow from so you get current tweeps that are building their accounts as well. Remember the secret is follow back percentage especially to get through the restrictions after 2000 twitter following.
- If you are having a challenge with unfollowing on your account load the pages prior to clicking on unfollow all. Sometimes with big accounts there is no-one to unfollow and Hummingbird will give up after a hundred or so with nothing. Simply go to your following list and start scrolling down the page loading more people. Load yourself a few thousand twitter friends and then click on unfollow all. Hummingbird will take a couple minutes to start reading all the accounts before it starts to unfollow but it will and it will save you a lot of work.
- Be active on your account every time you go to it. Tweet a personal tweet and check your twitter account activity. The reason Hummingbird is so successful is because you get a chance to actually work your twitter account and not just use an interface to do only a couple things.
- Run your assisted maintenance a couple times a day with all your accounts following back people. I don’t bother to unfollow every time I run it because I just want to stay active and not just create excessive churn.
- Last tip is play and experiment. Don’t put all your eggs and success into one account or system. Learn to use them all and vary your approach. Don’t be scared to experiment. Over the years I have had up to 200 test accounts all working on different systems and experiments. I have lost them all several times as well. I have also lost my main account years ago that had over 150K followers. That brought tears to my eyes and was a learning experience. I remember saying to myself now what am I going to do and this is not worth it. I learned that my thinking was flawed and have not lost a main account since. I also do not depend on one account as well either. I have a different account for each topic and subject. Never using two accounts for the same website though and never duplicating a tweet between them. The only way you really lose an account these days is through a serial account which are accounts that are tied together.
Hope you enjoyed the tips and have a great week. Good luck and create your success.
We have been putting it off for a while because we were not sure if Twitter was going to stay effective in building your SEO or SAO now a days. Well it appears that Twitter is still remaining just as effective in helping get your recognition so we updated the program.
We took away some of the worthless features and stuck with what made us the twitter king in building twitter accounts. That’s right we are back to the basic Hummingbird program that the big companies used starting out. Even with the restrictions that Twitter puts on accounts we still can build your accounts faster and easier than anyone else.
Hummingbird is not a total automated program where you set it and forget it though. We are a program for you to use to be active on twitter as well. We take you to your twitter account and log you in automatically. You start to interact with your tweeps using the twitter page not a program that provides a complicated interface. This means you can do anything on twitter that you would normally do on twitter in building your reputation.
We have an automated following system and we can unfollow people that are not following you back as well. So many professionals are getting carpel tunnel and having medical issues from the repetitive mouse clicking that twitter and other programs require in order for you to manage your account. We simply take that away because you should be able to manage your account without being harmed by the repetitive clicks. It is silly really why make someone click over and over again to simply follow someone that they want to follow. Then to top it off twitter wants to keep making it difficult to unfollow someone because of the past abuse of some people. What about the people that are not abusing it and just want to simply maintain and work their account.
With all the restrictions today the abuse is automatically identified so the old rule of no program being allowed to provide a click for someone should be challenged. What about you that have a challenge with the repetitive clicking shouldn’t you be allowed to simplify your life a little and if we can do it we should right.
The program is fully functional now and working like a champ. Enjoy it and we also are not charging a monthly fee to make it so expensive to use. One simple payment and you get all the new updates along the way.
Enjoy and sorry it took me so long to decide if I wanted to invest more money and time into Hummingbird.
Hummingbird II is really doing well with the new release we had a few weeks ago. Since then I see that TweetAdder has removed the auto-follow back option for their program also. Wow it appears that Twitter is just stopping anyone from doing anything these days and the whole purpose of Twitter was to tweet to your tweeps not to pay them for nothing.
Remember that Hummingbird 2 though it is an automated program that you can use on Twitter it is not a spam program or a program that does total automation these days. We tried that years ago and that did not work. What we do is provide you the automated tools for the things you are going to do anyway protecting your wrist and finger from the repetition that twitter requires these days to follow and unfollow people. We have designed the program to take away the monotony that using twitter creates which can lead to pain and other physical issues.
Hummingbird does not create accounts for spammers nor does it run totally automated without any interaction. You decide what you want to accomplish and then you tell Hummingbird Redux to accomplish it for you smartly. Twitter is pretending to promote smart marketing but it appears that they are also attempting to stop people from doing it without paying Twitter a fee for the service.
Our new update is working great and the only challenge we really have found is that when you close Hummingbird down without signing out of your twitter account we have a challenge. When you restart Hummingbird it will go back to that same account and attempt to sign in but it cannot because it is not on the right page. The result is an unwanted tweet in the process. Simply delete the tweet and make sure you sign out of your twitter account prior to shutting down Hummingbird and you will be doing great.