I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before. I recently imported my email list into Twitter and followed everyone. I’ve got a couple mailing list sign up forms on my blog and various projects, collecting connections and customers. I wasn’t thinking of them as “contacts.” Here is how you can quickly find and follow them on Twitter (expect 20-30% to follow you back).
1. Export your email list from your email marketing provider (mine’s MailChimp) to a CSV file.
2. Import them into Google contacts (setup a new Google account if you want to keep them separate from your actual contacts).
3. Go to Twitter. Select “find friends,” and use the import from Gmail contacts option.
4. After Twitter finds them, follow everybody.
Voila, I followed about 700 people, and the reciprocal follows have been trickling in for a couple weeks now!
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