I will follow3 steps to jumpstart your corporate Twitter account by moving friends and followers from other accounts

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Updated: the third step isn't working at the moment, because that service has closed its doors for a while. We'll let you know if that changes.

If you've launched a Twitter account for a company or project, you've faced the same problem we've got here at Social Signal: how do I translate all the follows and followers on my individual account into a set of follows and followers on our Social Signal account?

There's no way to move my followers to @socialsignal, except by renaming my @awsamuel account, and then what would I use to twitter personally? What I can do is get Social Signal to follow the same people I'm following personally; that will give me an easy way to get into a conversation with my new @socialsignal hat on, and encourage them to follow our @socialsignal account too.

But it's not that easy to copy all your follows to a new account, either. Here's the obvious -- and painful -- way:

  1. Login to Twitter using your new corporate account
  2. Visit the list of followers on your personal account (e.g. http://twitter.com/awsamuel/followers)
  3. Click on the follow button underneath each username, preferably while watching TV and holding a strong drink in your other hand
  4. Visit the list of friends (people you're following) on your personal account (e.g. http://twitter.com/awsamuel/friends)
  5. Refresh your drink
  6. Click on the follow button underneath each username for your friends
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for each user account you want to integrate with your new corporate account
  8. Regard each of the people you're following on your new account with a vague, simmering resentment that they put you to so much trouble

Now, the easy way:

  1. Login to Tweetake using your personal account and password, and select "friends". Click "get 'em" and your friends will be exported to CSV. Do the same thing for "followers".
  2. Take each dowloaded CSV file and open in Excel. Copy & paste the Username column into a plaintext file.
  3. Using Twitterator, enter the username and password for your corporate account, and copy & paste the list of usernames in your plaintext file. Click "submit", and then be a tiny bit patient. Rob here. It looks like Twitterator is taking longer than they'd hoped to grapple with Twitter's switch to OAuth authentication, and they're offline for the time being. We'll update this post if that changes. Thanks to Kevin (see comments below) for the catch!

Twitterator popped some glitchy messages, but Social Signal is now following 700 more people. Hi, y'all -- if you've been enjoying the Tweets Rob & I have posted as @awsamuel and @robcottingham, we hope you'll follow @socialsignal to get our most useful and amusing social media insights.





Neal Schaffer says

April 5, 2009 - 2:46pm

This is really fantastic advice that I haven't seen elsewhere!  Thanks!  And feel free to follow me as well ;-) www.twitter.com/nealschaffer

Nick Coleman says

March 9, 2010 - 1:51pm

Thanks! I recently setup a second Twitter account, and couldn't figure this out... what a great tool!

Anonymous says

May 25, 2010 - 10:55am

Alexandra, I know this is a year old now, does this not now bump into the follow limit that Twitter has imposed ?  I think that limit is either 100 or 150 each day?

Any insight would be appreciated.



Kevin says

September 16, 2010 - 9:02am

Twitterator is down for the moment  :(



System Unavailable

As of August 31, 2010, Twitter requires all third-party applications to use OAuth for authentication instead of a simple username/password. Twitter's decision leaves Twitterator unable to authenticate users. I think it's a reasonable decision for the Twitter team to make, but I haven't had time to implement the new system.

I've got some ideas about expanding Twitterator's functionality, and I'm looking for a contract programmer who'd be available to work with me on it. If you're a reasonably experienced PHP or Rails developer (I'm open to either approach) who is interested in the work, DM me @timwilson.

I appreciate all the interest in Twitterator. I hope to have it back online soon.

Paul Pritchard says

October 15, 2010 - 6:14am

Here's a simpler process than the first:

  • View the list of followers from your account
  • Make sure it's in list mode, so you can see more followers
  • In Firefox, put this in your address bar and press enter: $(".follow-action button").click();
  • In Safari, open up the Develop bar and the console and the same as above.
  • You just saved yourself 20 clicks, now go to the next page

Hurray for jQuery!


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