Part of gaining more followers is to be a tweep worth following. Be generous with your follow backs. Unless you are Justin Bieber or Ashton Kutcher or some other Twitter rock star, you will never have thousands more following you than who you follow. It’s okay. You’re still a likeable person. You’re just not a Twitter rock star. Your mother still loves you.
Everyone on Twitter likes to be followed. Don’t believe me? Unfollow 10 people right now and see how long it takes for them to unfollow you. Now, follow 10 new people and see how quickly they will follow you back. It won’t work for every tweep out there, but you will get further by following others than waiting around for them to follow you.