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Party on, Offer HN, Party on

Well, a very cool trend is happening at Hacker News - people are posting "Offer HN" threads offering advice and help. The first one seems to be "Will Work for Karma" by todayiamme, which kicked the whole thing off. My favorite is "Tax Help for Startup Entrepreneurs" because there's a lot of insight and analysis just in the thread itself. I like learning about law, but it's damn expensive to learn about either in time or money. That said, learning law can save you a lot of money when you write a contract correctly or when you have a company buyback shares instead of purchasing them yourself when buying a partner in a two person partnership out.

After a bunch of "Offer HN" threads started kicking up, there were two discussion topics, both by guys I respect. "Please stop offering your services" and "Please keep offering your services" by Swombat and Jacques. There seems to be a few themes going on:

1. Some people think this is really cool and nice of people. 2. Some people are skeptical of the intentions of people doing this. 3. Some people don't want to see HN get bogged down/clogged up by this.

Let's cover those in reverse order.

First, if it gets out of control and you want to see news without offers, Paul Graham implemented http://news.ycombinator.com/offerless - no offers there. So that solves that problem.

Massive Twitter Secret: Get 2000+ Followers

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So I'm actually pretty reluctant to post this Twitter secret I've figured out, because it's actually a pretty amazing secret, but in the spirit of always being as open as possible, here goes.  Plus, I owe an explanation to Mark Boslet of the blog TechPulse360 of how I did it (whom I met while presenting at the Dow Jones Wireless Innovation Conference today), and another of my guiding principles is always to blog about something whenever possible (Henry Ford-style) so I don't have to repeat myself.

So here's how to get 2,000 plus followers in 10 days(ish):

(Caveat, I'm only at 664 followers as I write this, but I've only been at it for two days, so I think 2000+ in 10 days is totally achievable)

(Second caveat - you may not want to have 2000 followers.  More is not necessarily better, except when it is.  It's up to you.)

OK so I am assuming you have a Twitter account already.  And maybe you've made a bunch of updates, but you just don't have that many followers and would like more.

So I'm actually pretty reluctant to post this Twitter secret I've figured out, because it's actually a pretty amazing secret, but in the spirit of always being as open as possible, here goes.  Plus, I owe an explanation to Mark Boslet of the blog TechPulse360 of how I did it (whom I met while presenting at the Dow Jones Wireless Innovation Conference today), and another of my guiding principles is always to blog about something whenever possible (Henry Ford-style) so I don't have to repeat myself. So here's how to get 2,000 plus followers in 10 days(ish): (Caveat, I'm only at 664 followers as I write this, but I've only been at it for two days, so I think 2000+ in 10 days is totally achievable) (Second caveat - you may not want to have 2000 followers.  More is not necessarily better, except when it is.  It's up to you.) OK so I am assuming you have a Twitter account already.  And maybe you've made a bunch of updates, but you just don't have that many followers and would like more. So the first thing you should do is head over to Twollo.com (note - not twollow.com - no "w" at the end! Important).  They have a stupendously amazing feature that lets you automatically follow up to 500 people for any keyword topic of interest.  So if you like cars, for example, just tell Twollo to have you follow anyone who twitters about cars. Within a day or two you'll be following several thousand people.  About 30% of them will follow you back. But there's a catch:  Twitter only lets you follow 2,000 people.  Actually it's more complicated than that.  This blog does a good job of explaining it, so read & understand it. So now you'll need a bulk-unfollow program to get rid of all the people you followed that didn't follow you back. Presto, enter Twitter Karma.  It lets you look up all the people you're following but aren't following you back.  You just have to show "Only Following" and then "Bulk Unfollow" at the bottom. Presto, your Twitterverse should now be equalized once again.  And the best part is, Twollo should automatically keep adding people you follow (that's what it does) so you just have to manually run Twitter Karma whenever you get up to 2,000 following to clean it out, and your overall number of followers will keep increasing! Enjoy. PS it helps if you have great content, but surprisingly it's really not necessary.  For example, I got 279 followers forwww.Twitter.com/dcMOMO with only 3 updates!

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