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How Kevin Rose Gave Me 30+ Twitter Followers in 10 Minutes

September 24th, 2008 posted by · 9 Comments

On Sunday night, the founder of Digg.com (Kevin Rose), made a “tweet” on his Twitter account announcing he was heading over to a buddy’s house . If you’re not familiar with Twitter, putting the “@” symbol before someone’s username will link to their profile on the network and make their name clickable to your followers.

Kevin has a HUGE following, with over 60,000 followers tracking his Twitter status. He just needs to send out one message and it goes viral almost instantly.

The thing about the status update Kevin Rose made on Sunday night was that he made a typo in the username on one of his fellow Twitterers. I happened to see this almost instantly to see who @dlpragers was. Fortunately, the account “dlpragers” didn’t exist, so I signed up for it immediately.

I figured that some of these 60,000+ followers would soon click on the username and see the page didn’t exist and leave it at that.

I took advantage of the situation and made a tweet from my new account linking to my actual Twitter profile. Within 10 minutes I had about 30 new followers (who were complete strangers) and there were even followers on the bogus account as seen below.

Why people would follow someone with one tweet who specifically says to follow another profile is beyond me.

But I’m not complaining. I got some new followers and reaped the benefits of someone else’s typo. Kevin Rose can afford to donate some followers anyway.

Was this an evil thing to do? Maybe, but I’m an Internet Marketer, remember? muhaha. :p

Go ahead and follow me on Twitter if you’re not already.



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9 Comments so far
  1. James Wilcox MyAvatars 0.2

    nice one. I follow the real dlprager since I like the diggnation podcast. Good for you for being so attentive!

  2. Chris MyAvatars 0.2

    Nice move Chris, that was quick thinking.

  3. Matt | Small Business Entrepreneur MyAvatars 0.2

    Haha…classic. Quick thinking on your feet, it’s the little things that make the difference!

    Matt

  4. Celebrities MyAvatars 0.2

    That was a smart move. 😈 I am following Kevin as well good you reminded me of him, cause my Digg account has been banned for no reason, with well over 1000 friends in my network (of which 190 mutual top users).

  5. stubsy MyAvatars 0.2

    A bit crafty but quick thinking, well done

  6. James Andrew MyAvatars 0.2

    You made a smart move! Good job Chris. :) I’m sure lots of people did that too.

  7. MyEggNoodles MyAvatars 0.2

    That’s cool. Now everybody is going to be on the hunt looking for miss twitter user miss-spellings 😎

  8. Speed Link Sunday - Reading and Rewarding Wisely | the.[ED]ition MyAvatars 0.2

    […] describes a sneaky way he exploited Digg.com founder Kevin Rose’s spelling mistake and quickly gained a few Twitter followers in doing so. Maybe this is something I should do with John Chow since that guy makes more spelling […]

  9. 100kjob MyAvatars 0.2

    you deserve all the followers, they’ll learn some sneaky marketing techniques from you