10 Jul 09 4:48 am
I'm sorry to tell you Sean, but I suspect that these systems or anything like them are pretty much useless.
You see, you might get thousands of followers, but they're going to be all random accounts or other people trying to flog off products. So you end up with this little community of people following each other on Twitter, selling the same products, with no one actually buying anything! That's not what Twitter's about.
Twitter is about communication and content. It allows you to follow interesting people from around the world as well as be followed be people who find you interesting. Building up Twitter numbers is not about a 'quick fix', but engaging with people, linking to interesting stuff, and providing interesting content.
I've built up the Affilorama Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/affilorama
) to nearly 2000 followers. It's taken months, but the large majority of those followers are people who actually care what we have to say. We get retweeted and Twitter is a huge source of traffic to our site. Why? Because people can rely on the stuff we post to be worth looking at. If you build up trust with people, then when you link them to a decent page that is selling something, or your own product, they'll be interested.
I think these system's completely miss the point of Twitter, and I suspect that in the coming months Twitter will tighten up controls to stop these kind of pyramid follower schemes. Twitter has no problem with commercialization of their network - just not spam.
I'd use Twitter personally first, use it to find interesting content and follow interesting people - then once you've become familiar with what works on Twitter, then you can start making account for your websites.