First of all, a plague on your house if you use this blog for spam. It is intended for businesses looking to find people interested in their product, not to shove it down everyone’s throat.
These two do basically the same thing: grow your network on Twitter, which I will henceforth refer to as “Follower Farming.” This is done through a program that searches data on Twitter and follows users based on criteria you enter in hopes that those users will follow you back. After a few days, those who do not reciprocate your follow are purged from your follow list if you so wish it. And you probably do.
Though the purpose of each program is essentially the same, the gadgets are very different, making it difficult (for me, at least) to choose one. The good news is they are both effective and that I’m going to explain which will be more so for your needs.
The names might be hard to keep track of at first, so let’s start there. The word “spin” has somewhat of a negative connotation for me, and that vibe is consistent for the Tweet Spinner program. There’s something shady about this site, even though it’s effectual.
Tweet Adder on the other hand sounds friendly to me. Maybe it’s the cuteness of the software:
In contrast, TweetSpinner is very plain and minimal in terms of cuteness:
Of course the attractiveness of a program is very low priority, but I think in this case it tends to speak to a general theme of each product. Tweet Spinner’s lack of information seems suspicious. There’s really no explanation of how it works or how you are supposed to use it. In fact, the website seems to deny the tool is for follower farming. When you hit a follow limit, which happens a lot around the 2,000 mark, a message like this appears:
I feel like I’m being scolded. The idea of “targeting a narrower audience” is completely against what I’m using it for with my saidwell account, which has no particular target other than users of Twitter. And according to that “Read More” page, if less than 50% of the people you are following through its searches aren’t following you back, those search terms are not working. As you can see from the above graphic, I used the hashtag “#followback” with a 43% reciprocity. I can’t think of any term that would get a higher followback count than #followback, yet even that does not meet these standards.
Other than that there is really very little information on this website, except of course when you get to pricing, which we will do shortly.
The Tweet Adder website, on the other hand, has the same cute-as-a-bug appearance as the software and is heaving with information. There are multiple tutorials. It tells you exactly how it works and is straightforward about what its intended uses are. It also works more discreetly with Twitter, which has its panties perpetually in a bunch because it’s so afraid of spam. And not without reason; if spam overtakes Twitter, it will promptly wither and die. Thus, Twitter keeps an eye on its users. Tweet Adder attempts to fly under the radar by following a little bit at a time, using proxys to make it seem like it’s happening from various locations. Alternatively, Tweet Spinner’s strategy is to follow users in more obvious chunks and deny accountability for anyone who runs into beef with Twitter for it.
Tweet Adder has the option of following a bulk of Tweets with the “Send Follows Now,” but it suggests not using that feature often because it is more noticeable. Tweet Spinner lacks this trait; everything is scheduled to update in clumps every hour or so. This is actually where the advantage of Tweet Spinner comes in, which is the reason I chose this program even though I like Tweet Adder better and it is the better deal long term. Once you have told Tweet Spinner what you want it to do, it will run continually – day and night – no strings attached. However to use Tweet Adder, the program must be running on a computer connected to the internet. As I don’t have constant internet access at home, this is a serious problem for me, and would greatly affect my results. For anyone who can keep it running all the time, Tweet Adder is probably the way to go.
Another huge advantage to Tweet Adder is its powerful search abilities. With Tweet Spinner, users can only be found though searching keywords or “mimicking” the followers of another user. Tweet Adder has these too, with a ton of bonuses such as searching trends, profile data and users on a list.
But Tweet Spinner has one other gem: the reciprocity rates. I can’t find this information with Tweet Adder. It’s possible that information is available with the full version, as I have only used the demo, but I doubt that’s the case. The aforementioned saidwell account is easy to find followers for – I know people who tweet things with the hashtag “#quote” are interested in quotes, which is what that account delivers. However, if you’re targeting a specific audience, such as people interested in buying a new car or agnostics in the Boston area, it’s good to know which search terms are working. This can also be very valuable for market research.
Because Tweet Spinner has a monthly fee and Tweet Adder is a one-time purchase, it might be useful to get to know your audience for a few months and find out what works with Tweet Spinner, and then switch to Tweet Adder once you’ve got that down.
Tweet Spinner’s monthly subscription fee ranges from $14 for one Twitter account to $125 for 50 accounts. Tweet Adder costs a one-time payment of $55 for one account to $188 for unlimited accounts. The only reason I can think of for any person to need upwards of 50 Twitter aliases would be if you were doing business as a follower farmer for others. Regardless, for most people, Tweet Adder comes out ahead after four months of use and stay ahead forever and ever.
One last note is that Tweet Adder will only work with New Twitter, which I personally like a lot less than old school Twitter. It doesn’t make that big of a difference but it is kind of annoying.
If you go with Tweet Spinner, please use this referral link, and remember: it’s totally not for follower farming. ;)