If you want to increase your Twitter followers, you have to dump everyone who doesn’t follow you back. Everyone, even your mom.
“But, what if that hurts their feelings?”
Doesn’t it hurt your feelings that they’re not following you?
Follow their tweets without following them. If there are some twitter “rock stars” you’d like to keep following, list them, but unfollow them. You can read their tweets on the list in Hootsuite without following them. After you have 100,000 followers, then you can actually follow the rock stars out there. It doesn’t really matter. They won’t DM you anyway.
Twitter has Follower to Following Ratios. If you follow 200 more people than follow you (or even five percent more), you will get stuck crossing Twitter’s thresholds. If you can’t get past 2,000, you know what I’m talking about. Cut the dead weight and move forward. No one likes one-sided relationships anyway.