Twitter Grayhat Tip: Fake It Till You Make It

Author: Gab Goldenberg

As my friend Mike Gray pointed out at SMX Advanced, RTing is a great way to get people’s attention and build a relationship with them. The difficulty is getting people’s attention when they write a really popular post that gets RTed 100+ times.

So here’s the greyhat solution. 1) Create fake accounts.

2) Have them RT your RTs with a “via @YourUsername” appended.

The blogger whose post is being widely shared is now much more likely to take note of you. You not only RTed their post, but engendered multiple RTs.

3) Once you have enough followers for this to happen on its own, you can cut out the fake accounts’ RT activity. Until you make it, you can fake it.

As with most greyhat tactics, there’s a whitehat version, too:

Instead of relying on fake accounts, just have a group of friends RT each other’s RTs.

Reciprocal voting happens throughout social media like Digg etc., so it shouldn’t be difficult to extend the concept to Twitter.

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  1. Why not just RT you own tweets. I tried it once as a test, and got a ton of action out of it. I did tweeted something like I wonder if RT myself is OK? Then I RT the same dang thing. I got some laughs, and a bunch more RT out of it.

    Comment by BWI - October 21, 2009 @ 3:15pm
  2. Lol, that's neat. I think it was more a function of your humour though...

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - October 21, 2009 @ 4:16pm
  3. Dirty tactics? I like it! Something I like to do when drunk is RT people talking to other people. So I might say RT @seoroi Is it just me or is @graywolf a real jerk lately. They'll just think you deleted your tweet. Of course, I only do this to people I know in person ;) *Don't hold this against me*

    Comment by Glen Allsopp - October 21, 2009 @ 5:47pm
  4. Hahahaha that's really amusing! There's a creative little bit of shit disturbing :D.

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - October 21, 2009 @ 6:33pm
  5. I don't know about this. There are some things that we can fake until we make it, while some does not apply. Just a thought. :-)

    Comment by Walter - October 25, 2009 @ 1:16am
  6. Very good post. I think I will go register a million twitter accounts now. J/K I really don't have the patience to do that but it is a great idea

    Comment by Joe - October 26, 2009 @ 10:30pm

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