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How-to: Create An Auto-Retweet Twitter Bot Account – Video Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I shared a screencast that explained how to auto-retweet entries on your Twitter profile. I think the tip was appreciated for some, so I created a screencast that shows you how to create a bot account that auto-retweets the content of your choice.

An auto-retweet bot can be used in many different ways, good or bad. For example, I don’t really like how the auto-retweeting feature was applied here. It’s too invasive and marketing-related. On the other hand, I created an account that auto-retweets requests for help on Twitter, and it seems people like it.

A new type of channel

The benefit of an auto-retweeting account is that you set it up, you launch it, it runs on its own, and you can easily measure the success of the operation with the followers’ growth curve. The traditional way to do marketing on Twitter is by following a bunch of people, waiting for follow-backs, un-follow those who did not reciprocate, and start again. I have done it, it is a big waste of time. The auto-RT bot introduces a new form of channel creation on Twitter where the audience grows naturally.

Spam?

Again, all you need to do with such an account is to follow-back those who found value in your bot and decided to follow you. I do not recommend turning on the auto-follow for those types of accounts: Auto-follow makes spam possible on Twitter, and it can only be prevented if we all manually approve the accounts we follow.

Is auto-RT spam? No if:

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