If you’ve been active on Twitter, or even just setup a Twitter account and searched for a few guides on how to grow your following, you’ll have probably bumped into the latest get rich quick scam known as Brute Force Twitter. It’s yet another one of those ridiculous schemes that use a one page website with the all important centered text to try and convince you to part with $97 in order to learn some magic secret that will allow you to dominate Twitter.
Here’s some copy from the sales page. Try not to laugh too hard.
If you would like to add (literally) tens of thousands of new Twitter followers in the next 30 days… quickly and easily, even if you’re brand new to the Internet and have zero name recognition now… then here’s how I did it.
And why you can do the same thing with the information I’ll give you in this letter.
Listen to this:
Did you know a 10,000-person reach FM radio station in a town of 200,000 people is worth $3-15 million? Now compare that to the list of 74,000 people on Twitter that I built for FREE in just 2 and ½ months… usually spending no more than 15-25 minutes a day on it.
In a lot of ways, my Twitter following is way more powerful than that radio station’s listener following. Seriously think about that because Social Media is EXPLODING and you need to get in on the ground floor and ride the wave up.
And the promises keep on coming, thick and fast.
How to use my most guarded secret… the 5-minute “Feeder Loop” tactic to ruthlessly get thousands of followers every week (I’ve gone into other peoples’ Twitter accounts and done this 3 times a day and it works EVERY SINGLE TIME)
How to use my “Grocery Store slotting” technique and why this is 1 of the biggest keys to getting big followers #’s
Why I think Spammers are great for Twitter… the Twitter purists will hate me for saying this, but that’s ok… you’ll be convinced I’m right once you read what I have to say on this matter
The Twitter “Wall Building” procedure that saves me hours of time each day
Why this 1 piece of computer equipment (basically everyone has it) is essential to getting the most out of these secrets, tricks, and tactics (without it, you’re leaving thousands of followers on the table each month)
I’ll show you how I usually BANK 110 new followers in 1 hour… (AND NO, you don’t need to be on Twitter for that whole hour)
How I’ve gotten 400+ new followers in 90 minutes several times (You just have to Ride the Wave… it’s stupidly easy)
I’ll tell you about Good Twitter Neighborhoods and Bad Twitter Neighborhoods… always be on the lookout for this (this is where a lot of others screw up)
Why I’m quite happy to be blocked by 25+ people each day… this isn’t for everyone, but you’ll see my logic and you won’t be able to deny the genius in it
The “Hyper Follow” Trick… this is an advanced tactic that should be used sparingly that goes way beyond simple mass following
The exact amount of time you should wait until you unfollow someone if they don’t follow you back (everyone gets this wrong… it also depends on how many followers you have too… so what’s good for me may not be right for you)
Why and how I use the favorites list on my Twitter page to force people to become my followers
And it goes on, and on, and on. Notice how the scammer uses phrases like ‘force people to become my followers’ and ‘spammers are great for Twitter’. Does anyone really fall for this junk?
Apparently, yes they do, since there are numerous copies of Brute Force Twitter floating around the web, some being reviewed by referral hungry shill bloggers and some being distributed on various file sharing networks. Easy to find if you know where to look.
The sales letter closes by begging for $97 and claiming that the method will only be sold to 300 people. If you believe that you’ll believe anything.
Always eager to burst the bubble of scam programs like Brute Force Twitter I’m going to share with you the contents of the program. Before any lawyers, or pretend lawyers, get all frustrated and squirm in their ill fitting suits, I’m only going to share with you what I have learned from reading the ebook and watching the videos. I’m not going to copy and paste the Brute Force Twitter method, I’m simply going to tell you honestly what I learned from it and how it works. Of course, this means I’m going to reveal all the big secrets, like the piece of computer equipment that everyone has that makes getting Twitter followers much easier.
Let’s put that one to rest straight away. The piece of equipment that everyone has that makes getting Twitter followers much easier is, drum roll please, a mouse.
Yes, a mouse.
But what of the Brute Force Twitter method itself? How does it enable anyone to get thousands of followers a day?
The secret is spam. Brute Force Twitter is a spam trick. Nothing more, nothing less.
The root of the method is something called The Crown Jewel Following Spammer’s Followers Tactic. It’s as basic as it sounds. Find a spammer, which isn’t hard, and then follow all of their followers. The logic behind this is that if they will follow a spammer they will follow anyone, including you.
Next comes something called Recent Follower’s Followers. Simply following the followers of your recent followers.
Ready for more pearls of wisdom? Good, here they come.
Find a feeder and follow their followers. A feeder is simply a Twitter user who aggressively follows all of their followers in order to make sure they stay followers. The followers of a feeder also, apparently, make very obedient reciprocal followers. Follow them and they will follow you back.
The Brute Force Hyper Follow Tactic. Amazing name don’t you think? This is achieved by unfollowing anyone who doesn’t follow you, finding 10 feeder accounts, going 10 pages deep into each feeder’s list of followers and following every one of them.
The most amazingly stupid piece of advice rounds off the ebook as some sort of bonus trick. It’s called the Slingshot method and is, according to the writer, an easy way to get 6,000 new followers in 3 days.
You’ll need to sit down for this one. It will make you laugh so hard you might fall over.
The Slingshot method is a bait and switch attack. You start by unfollowing everyone who is following you and then, since your following slots will be reopened, follow up to your limit again. Only some of the people you unfollow will drop you. You will lose followers but gain more since the number of new followers, plus those who don’t notice you’ve dropped them, will exceed the number that do drop you.
This advice currently sells at any number of shill blogs for $97.
It can be summed up in one line. Spam the living daylights out of every successful Twitter user’s follower list and then unfollow and start again once you have hit your limit.
The package consists of an ebook explaining everything I have just mentioned in mind numbing detail, perhaps to add bulk to what would otherwise be a one page ebook, plus a series a video clips showing someone applying these spamming techniques. If you like watching videos of people spamming Twitter then you’ll find this very entertaining indeed.
Of course, if you do decided to through away $97 for this junk, not that you need to now since I’ve just told you everything that I learned from the Brute Force Twitter ebook, you may find that your following does grow.
But it will only grow because spammers do tend to follow other spammers. And, though it pains me to say it, the followers of spammers will, as sure as night follows day, follow anything that follows them.
But this only grows your numbers. It only grows that meaningless number on your Twitter followers page. Useless, vacuous, and ultimately unfulfilling, in every sense of the word, numbers.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The money isn’t in the list, it’s in the conversation. The number chasers simply don’t understand that 1,000 true followers, followers who are human and actually pay attention to what you say, are infinitely more valuable than 100,000 zombies who slavishly follow anything that moves in a futile number chasing exercise.
Don’t believe the hype. The quick tricks are nothing more than spam attacks. Brute Force Twitter will, at best, get you thousands of zombie followers. At worst it will get you blocked, complained about, reported and ultimately booted out, reputation in tatters.
Want to make money online? Start a blog, write useful content and monetize it sensibly. Even though I’ve been critical of Twitter in the past I’m slowly learning that it can be a valuable resource, a wonderful networking tool and, in all frankness, a lot of fun. Twitter can be used to supplement your marketing and promotion efforts to drive traffic to your blog, but as I am learning day by day, it’s capable of a lot more than that.
Twitter, if you’ll excuse the automotive metaphor, is like a Porsche 911. Treat it with respect and it will reward you. Treat it with brute force and it will spin off at the first corner, punishing your stupidity.