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Pickafollow: Promote Your Twitter Profile with a QR Code

Posted by on 15th Nov 2012 | 8 comments

Pickafollow: Promote Your Twitter Profile with a QR Code

How do you promote your Twitter account? Do you use word of mouth, social networks like Facebook and Google+, or other methods? If you have a business or brand on Twitter or just want to increase your social media presence, promotion is a must; the more people you can reach the better.

Thanks to advancements in technology, we have QR codes that make it extremely easy to promote a Web page, share business cards and more. If you’re unfamiliar here’s a great description of what a QR code is (source).

“A QR code is a type of bar code designed for use with smart phones and other devices that contain cameras. QR codes can contain much more information than a standard UPC-style bar code, and are therefore useful for directing users to websites and other online information. Any modern smart phone can interpret and use QR codes.”

Have you ever thought about creating a QR Code to promote your Twitter profile? If you haven’t maybe Pickafollow, a service that creates a QR code for your Twitter profile, may change your mind. It’s free and the QR code can be displayed online or offline, such as on fliers and business cards.

Get Your QR Code

The first and only step to getting your QR code is to sign in with your Twitter account. Once you grant Pickafollow access to your account, you’ll be directed back to the home page where you’ll see your personal QR code.

Get your QR code from Pickafollow

From there you can download and save the code to your computer as a PNG or SVG file.

Share and Track

Now all you have to do is share your it with the world. Anyone with a QR code scanning app will be able to scan the code from their mobile device (phone, tablet). Once scanned, they’ll instantly be taken to a Twitter follow page as seen below.

What users see when they scan your Pickafollow QR code.

See how easy it is to get followers with just a simple scan? There’s no confusion about what needs to be done once the QR code is scanned. Everything important is displayed on the page: your username, avatar image and a follow button.

Pickafollow view and followers stats for your QR code

Pickafollow also displays basic stats regarding your QR code (as long as you’re logged into the website). You can see how many people have scanned your QR code and viewed the page as well as how many followers you’ve gained.

Bonus: Facebook QR Code

As an added bonus, I want to share how to get a QR code for your Facebook fan page as well. Pickafollow has the same tool for Facebook, called Pickalike. To get started just connect with Facebook and give Pickalike access to your account.

Create a QR code for your Facebook fan page

Next you’ll have to enter a QR Campaign Name and your QR Facebook page URL. This is due to the fact that you can have more than one campaign (fan pages); you can access your campaigns and stats for each from the “my campaigns” navigation link at the top of the page.

Once you click on “create” you’ll see your QR code for that fan page. Just like Pickafollow, you can download the code and save as a PNG or SVG file.

What users see when they scan your Pickalike QR code.

When your Facebook QR code is scanned, users will be able to “like” your page instantly.

Final Thoughts

It’s never been easier to create a QR code for Twitter or Facebook. Thanks to Pickafollow and Pickalike, you can create both codes in under a minute. What’s even better is that you can use them all over the Web as well as offline.

How will you use your Twitter and/or Facebook QR code? Do you plan on using it online, offline or both?


Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

8 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Andrew Richard on 15th Nov 2012

    Really this a cool way to gain followers for Twitter and Facebook pages.It really reduces the way followers have to do,if they like to follow someone they have to click the account of people.Awesome tool to gain followers

  • Posted by Salman Ahmad on 16th Nov 2012

    A very great Post,Gonna implement this to get followers,My blog currently have only 5 followers :(
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  • Posted by Käännöstoimisto on 16th Nov 2012

    What I think is that many people disregard, is that they could get an affordable translation agency to translate at least some of their blog posts into other important languages, such as Spanish or French. Not all the world works with English you know? :) It could be a great way to drive even more traffic to your site.

  • Posted by Sohil R. Memon on 18th Nov 2012

    Oh! Really we can do that ? I don’t know that, I should use my Android Smartphone.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome article. Hope I will get more followers.
    Regards,
    Sohil Memon
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  • Posted by Batu Cincin Bertuah on 18th Nov 2012

    Maybe i can try it to gain my followers..
    Thank’s sir..
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  • Posted by KSingh on 18th Nov 2012

    I didn’t know about this before but will be sure to check it out. It definitely looks promising. QR codes are already taking the Internet marketing world like a storm so any way to use it to boost your social media efforts can only be a plus.

  • Posted by Hadley on 19th Nov 2012

    Sexy little tip this! Just started getting into Twitter really so this is all great to know.

  • Posted by Jafar Dhada on 20th Nov 2012

    Never heard of something like this.. I liked it very much. Now gonna promote my fb and twitter pages with QR CODES. Feels like a pro. (y) thanks for it.
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