Tony Dinh

Solopreneur working on Typing mind,,

How Tony grew his Twitter from 100 to 30K followers within 1.5 years

This post is a breakdown of Tony's post, "My Twitter journey from 100 to 30k" which is written more exhaustively and is an amazing guide on his personal site . Worth checking!

Tony is a creative and persistent guy. Not only is his growth journey impressive. He also is the guy who ships cool stuff and he enjoys doing so.

To increase his engagement he started building cool stuff using Twitter API around profile covers and banners. He built a lot of other cool stuff as well.

That's a pretty smart move indeed!

His approach can be summarised in 3 lines.

  1. Engage with people
  2. Do cool stuff, build in public, make noise
  3. Be a positive person

Tony's Twitter growth journey timeline

  1. 100 to 200 followers in 4 months (Nov 27, 2020 to Apr 5, 2021)
  2. 200 to 300 followers in 1 week (Apr 5, 2021 to Apr 13, 2021)
  3. 300 to 700 followers in 2 weeks (Apr 13, 2021 to May 2, 2021)
  4. 700 to 1000 followers in 1 week (May 2, 2021 to May 12, 2021)
  5. 1000 to 1500 followers in 2 weeks (May 12, 2021 to May 26, 2021)
  6. 1500 to 6000 followers in 2 weeks (May 26, 2021 to June 14, 2021)
  7. 6000 to 8000 followers in 2 months (June 14, 2021 to Aug 17, 2021)
  8. 8000 to 10k followers in 3 weeks (Aug 17, 2021 to Sep 11, 2021)
  9. 10k to 20k followers in 2 months (Sep 11, 2021 to Dec 10, 2021)
  10. 20k to 30k followers in 2 months (Dec 10, 2021 to Feb 13, 2022)

What Tony did between 100 to 200 followers?

Tony decided to be more serious with Twitter and he took a course.

The 3 important things he learnt

Go engage with other people - Tony Dinh

Post thoughtful replies, add value to other people’s tweets - Tony Dinh

Make a habit to tweet everyday. - Tony Dinh

What Tony did between 200 to 300 followers?

He built cool stuff

I started to look at my idea list and find something cool to build - Tony Dinh

He continued to engage with people

Continue to engage with people, reply with thoughtful info, add value to the original tweet. - Tony Dinh

What Tony did between 300 to 700 followers?

Sharing small wins with people and the community

Launching his products

Keeping the momentum of engaging with people and building cool stuff.

What Tony did between 700 to 1000 followers?

Still building stuff with his creativity

To increase his engagement he started building cool stuff using Twitter API and profile covers and banners.

Building more creativity and more creative stuff

What Tony did between 1000 to 1500 followers?

He kept going with the momentum.

Kept building cool stuff around twitter api and profile covers

Still kept engaging with people

What things Tony did consistently?

  1. Build cool stuff which he liked, in public (more creative stuff and with creativity)
  2. Engage with people
  3. Share small wins

Building cool stuff is so important, Tony mentions it atleast 9 times in his article

7 Engagement techniques used by Tony

Apart from consistently building cool stuff, Tony also engaged with people in the following ways.

  1. Writing threads

    If you spend the effort to collect valuable information into one place and publish it in the form of threads, people will appreciate it - Tony Dinh

  2. Doing regular launches

    My launches always get > 300 likes. - Tony Dinh

  3. Tweet format

    Valuable, condensed, informative tweet. Represent in a nice format. - Tony Dinh

  4. Using Name drop

    “Name drop” tweets are often very engaging. A tweet with a lot of names in it, like programming languages, tech, apps, etc. Tweet must also have value and makes sense. - Tony Dinh

  5. Story telling

    This is the difficult kind of tweet that I wish I can do more: story telling. It’s a powerful skill. - Tony Dinh

  6. Sharing memes
  7. Javascript mentions

    A lot of JavaScript fan on Twitter. Almost any tweet mention JavaScript (advice, joke, regular tweet, etc.) will get some good engagement from the community. - Tony Dinh

How Tony Avoided Platform Risk?

He started capturing his audience to his Tony Dinh newsletter when he had around 6k followers. His newsletter has a bunch load of amazing blog posts with high value information. Again worth checking out!

Tony is working on TypingMind a Better UI for ChatGPT and you can create Private, secure ChatGPT for teams as well here. Worth checking it out as many people love using it!