Friendly way to gather your startup’s audience (on Twitter)

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#3 Product of the DayApril 29, 2014
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Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Another product by @stef at Makeshift. I like Stef's experiments. He once created a script to add people that shared his blog articles, to a Twitter list, essentially creating automatic, micro-communities. Like most Makeshift products, Flounder is super simple but could be an effective way for companies to build a Twitter following.
Stef Lewandowski
Stef Lewandowski@stef · Founder, Makelight
Thanks for sharing @rrhoover! I had this idea while travelling for the weekend, and it seemed to get a good reaction when I told a few people I was with about it. So I followed through and made the tiniest version of the idea that I could on my return. Usual limits applied - it had to be made and working in about two days of effort. Most of the code for this hack is in the Twitter API wrangling rather than in the interface. I'd be interested to hear anyone's reactions - good or bad feedback. I realise there are a few issues here about knowing who your account is going to be following, perhaps only following people who tweet with positive sentiment and ensuring transparency about what's happening. But early days!
Andreas Klinger
Andreas KlingerHiring@andreasklinger · Tech at Product Hunt 💃
@stef love it. I would love this to include the feature mentioned by ryan (people who shared the blog posts)
Stef Lewandowski
Stef Lewandowski@stef · Founder, Makelight
I should! It was such a shame that Medium hid all of the recommenders away in the activity feed. I wish I could get at that data!
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I can imagine Flounder become a "toolkit" of different tactics for audience/community building on Twitter. My only request is to focus on providing value to both the company + Twitter users. There are so many spammy, disingenuous Twitter tools out there already. @stef - you did something clever in announcing Flounder. Would you like to share?