If you’d like to get serious about your Twitter account growth, you only need 2 web based applications! You need one account to automate your growth and another for account management. OH: and you have to have a Twitter account, of course.
For growth, Twitjump works! It has taken my followers from 150 to just over 1000 followers in the last month. It is free (while they’re in Beta) so hurry up and get an account opened! Twitjump allows you to identify the Twitter users it automatically follows for you via keywords or keyword phrases. You also control the follow/following rate. This makes it easy for you to maintain a healthy follow to following ratio. Be patient with this auto growth tool, it works in spurts.
For management, Hootsuite works! Here you can stay friendly with your followers (even if they aren’t a friend or coworker. Also, you can monitor both keywords used in Tweets and mentions of your Twitter user name. Those features allow you to reply to all mentions and/or questions directed to you, or about your expertise. Hootsuite tracking is impressive, and I use it for client account management because of its flashy report suite, and accurate CTR statistics. One downside to using Hootsuite is that they keep tracked links within an iFrame. So you can’t track a visit with a reporting system like Omniture or one that uses Java Script tracking. So, if you only want a CTR on links posted to Twitter and charts to support those stats, USE HOOTSUITE!
NOTE: Bit.ly does NOT keep visitors in an iFrame, and will allow Omniture tracking to work!