After five months of actively following people on twitter @tracydeesmith as part of my effort to build an audience for my films, I have finally gotten more than 1819 followers which means I can follow more than the 2001 limit!
I have been very strategic in who I follow since I don’t want to simply have random accounts following me back that are either bots or people who would never be interested in my projects. I have focused on actors, filmmakers and film buffs. They are easier to find in the twittersphere than the vague mass audience that is interested in romantic comedies or dramas or female-driven movies. I am also trying to connect with female filmmakers through women’s film festivals and women in film organizations.
Once I have a core following for my personal account as a female filmmaker @tracydeesmith then I will start working on my @eastmeetswilde account in which I will focus on Oscar Wilde fans and Asian-Canadian/Asian-American film fans.
It’s been so much work hunting, following and unfollowing (with the help of manageflitter) and because I am not an actor, I do not have the same potential for “fans” so finding followers is more work. It will be worth it in the long run since I am hoping I will build an audience that will span several projects. Also, there is no other option since the quick fix of “buying” followers doesn’t mean actual fans and it is only through personal conversations and diligence that you find a real connection and audience.
So if you’re on twitter, please follow (and a huge thanks to everyone out there who already has!) @tracydeesmith