I have been on Twitter for awhile now. My number of followers have dramatically grown from a steady 1,600 to now over 3,000 followers. I am also spending even more time on Twitter as well since I want to get to 3,500 Twitter followers before the end of Easter Break. I have increased the amount of follow backs I do, but I do not use the #followback hashtag. You should not use that hashtag. Just let the followers to following ratio do the talking.
There is another main problem that I have been seeing users do. I have been following a lot of people, and within 5 minutes I follow them, I get a direct messages. Getting a DM is good because the person who you follow cares about you, right? In over 90% of the DMs however, it is someone promoting an eBook or wanting you to follow their other social networks as well. I find these DMs very annoying especially since I get about 10 of these messages a day. The first DM looked impressive, and I wanted to do it, but when you get the same DMs saying similar stuff all of the time, it gets very tiresome.
As I was about to hit the Schedule button to schedule this blog post, sure enough, I got another DM. Avoiding these problems will give your followers more respect for you.