People can be found on Twitter to continue using “find people”, if the potential follower knows your name or account or if they allow your email as a search reference. Another way to find people is if they enter a Twitter profile that includes a title to search for, such as “coach” or “author.” However, these methods will only help you find a few people, as many more may turn up who don’t really meet the user’s desired requirements. A more targeted approach to finding people to follow (following) and who might follow (followers) is needed to ensure that you get the best information from the right experts or potential audience.
Twitter is such a popular communication tool that many directories have been created around it that can be used to make it easy to follow the people you want. Many of these directories are free or have a small fee for professional use. Some also provide space for Twitter users to say more about themselves than is allowed in the 160-character Twitter profile, making it easier for others to learn more and decide to become a follower of a particular account. Below are ten of the most popular directories currently available to easily find people on Twitter by keyword category or user location.
1. Twellow (twellow.com) – Known as the yellow pages of Twitter as it is updated with new accounts added to Twitter.
2. Twiends (twiends.com) similar to Twellow in the ability to find accounts with similar interests.
3. Twubs (twubs.com/) – Directory of users using event categories or topics using hashtags on Twitter.
4. We Follow (wefollow.com): Similar to Tweet Find but with more category tags.
5. AdExchanger (adexchanger.com/Twitter-directory/): Scroll through the list of Twitter accounts to find people to follow within a desired category.
6. Twitter Directory (twitterdir.com): Search for businesses by subcategories
7. Mr. Tweet (mrtweet.com): Discontinued directory that contains a community of users instead of by category, but can be used in the same way. Twitter now offers suggestions of who to follow, so this partner program has been removed.
8. Twopcharts (wopcharts.com): Allows users to find others based on city or language.
9. Socialbearing (socialbearing.com): Enables text-based search by location of Twitter users or those who use specific hashtags.
10. Local Tweeps (localtweeps.com): Allows you to search for Twitter users who sign up to be in the directory by zip code.
Using the best directory to meet the business and social media needs of these ten along with the popular communication tool Twitter should help make following the people you want a little easier. Review various directories and then consider which directory provides the most efficient targeting approach to find the right people to follow and who you can follow to get the best desired information or to find the right audience for your tweets.