This journey starts around April 8th. I created a Twitter account January 2020, but only seriously started using Twitter when I began building in public. This is the first Tweet from my memory where I really started using it seriously.
🗓 April 8th - May 7th 💁♂️ 0 -> 30 followers*
At this point I believe I had 0 - 15ish followers or something like that, but they where for the most part inactive. Pretty much I had 0 followers.
There was a lot of things that I tried in the beginning that didn't work e.g. streaming myself building on Youtube to no one. It was an attempt to "build in public" that didn't work at all of me.
Next I migrated to actually using Twitter. I began by tweeting with the #buildinpublic hashtag, and lightly engaging with others using the hashtag. This approach worked for me. I made a few Twitter friends, and began getting replies, likes, and retweets on my posts + exposure for my project.
One thing I kept seeing on IH & Twitter was that engaging with other people is a key thing to do. I took this to heart, and started engaging heavily with people on Twitter. I was always trying to comment on peoples tweets, and be a familiar face. I can easily say this is one of the best things I did. It really changed my whole perspective on Twitter.
🗓May 7th - May 19th 💁♂️ 30 - 100 followers - This is where things really started working for me. Basically I started to experiment with sharing more things on Twitter. E.g. progress reports on my product, travel reports on where I was traveling, and the progression of my followers on Twitter.
There was one Tweet that really popped off growth for me. Here it is:
This tweet lead to tons of larger accounts being tagged in the responses, and them responding to the Tweet, which got my account a bunch of exposure. I think this tweet alone got me somewhere 20-40 followers.
The rest of the growth to 100 was finding cool people to follow, engaging with them, building in public, and continuing to experiment with Twitter.
🗓 May 19th - June 20th 💁♂️ 100 -> 200 follower
Once I hit 100 follower I feel like things got a lot easier.
The growth of 100 -> 200 simply came from two things. Engagement with others, and building in public. It was really the mix of these two that got me there.
Also, I found some types of tweets that worked for me. Your mileage may vary.
EDIT: one thing I forgot to mention in this post is that I joined a community dedicated to building in public called publiclab. It was probably solely responsible for getting me 20+ high quality followers. These people were all awesome. Many of them I actually got to know over video. The point is that small communities like these are really good places to connect with like minded people.
That's the journey to 200 IH! **As of writing this: 219 followers **
Hopefully I'll be sharing more of these soon!