Twitter has become a global useful social tool for making contacts, exchanging information and sharing comments and opinions. A lot of online media houses, politicians, entertainers and journalists are using Twitter successfully to expand their reach, share breaking news and inform other users.

You should be able to answer why you need to get more followers on Twitter? What is your motivation and what are the goals you have set for yourself to be successful on Twitter. It takes time and effort and yes you can attract thousands of followers like your most admired user.

1. They entertain, inform or educate?

The most successful Twitter users with thousands and millions of followers keep asking themselves how they can serve others with the influence they have on Twitter. They are sharing of themselves and people appreciate it. They mostly share information in their niche. You must identify your “Twitter calling”. Are you there to entertain, inform or educate.

2. They get response

You’ll feel your status and influence increasing and improving when people respond to your work.  How much response do you get from the information you share with your followers. Do they appreciate what you share. Find ways to get response from your followers.

3. They tweet as if it’s the last best tweet they are sharing

Successful Twitter users tweet good stuff not just about themselves, but information or resources the thousands and millions of followers will useful. Share interesting things in your space, not just about you. Take time and search for things that you know will help your tribe and share freely.

4. They focus on quality not quantity

Twitter respect is earned, work for it. You need to invest in it, period. Don’t just tweet anything you find. Stop tweeting about your cat! More is not better. Less could be more when you have nothing to say, but more is attractive when you can maintain the tweet momentum and share quality content at all times.

5. They listen!

Know when to listen. Sometimes your followers speak and give you clues about what they expect from you. Find time to listen and respond appropriately with the right tweet. Twitter influencers use that listening mode to share and even promote others content where necessary.

6. They encourage interactivity

Ask questions. Twitter is great for getting opinions from followers. If you expect your followers to share with you and comment about your tweets and opinions, ask questions they will likely give answers to.

7. They don’t attract the wrong followers

It feels good actually great to be loved and followed. But you don’t want just anybody to follow you. You need people who are interested in what you will say, comments you pass and opinions you share. They are the same people you expect to retweet your content. Work towards attracting the right crowd of followers. Numbers matter but quality followers are invaluable.

8. They  stay human!

Social network is a network of humans. Make it count, your followers are humans and they would love to see the human side of you. Genuine results in not automating all your updates. You might automate some, but without real engagement, real connecting time, you miss out. Sure you can have thousands of followers or fans, but will they know you when you are speaking to them.

9. They measure and respond

Use social monitoring services or Twitter connect and mention to make sure you see if someone’s talking about you. Try to participate where it makes sense.

10. And Finally they learn from some the best

Anita Campbell – @smallbiztrends – is the editor of the popular website, Small Business Trends.

Justin Fox – @foxjust – is the editorial director for Harvard Business Review group

Michael Michalowicz – @tpentrepreneur – is best known as the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Richard Branson – @richardbranson – the man behind the Virgin brands, and 212th richest man in the world on Fortune’s 2010 list

Guy Kawasaki – @guykawasaki – shows up on just about every list of people to follow on Twitter.
Adam Toren – @thebizguy – is a co-founder of–

Eugene Lee – @eugenelee – is the CEO of Social Text, which was behind the first enterprise wiki and Enterprise 2.0

Andrew Ross Sorkin – @andrewrsorkin – is at the heart of The New York Times’ business coverage

Mark Bailey – @ventureoutlook – has more than 20 years of business experience and sits on several top-name-company boards.

Nancy Clark – @nancyfclark – advocates for women and business and tweets about business and career resources