9 Useful Sites for Finding People to Follow on Twitter

Charnita Fance 05-11-2008

9 Useful Sites for Finding People to Follow on Twitter twitterbirdAre you always looking for new ways to build your Twitter followers for personal use, business use, or both? New Twitter tools and sites are popping up each day, and very quickly.


So, I wanted to point out a few of the newer sites that have surfaced and are very useful in helping you find people to follow on Twitter.

Twitterel [No Longer Available]

Twitterel is a great way to find Twitter users with the same interests as you and is very easy to use. To get started you’ll need to enter your Twitter username and password. Once you do that, you can enter keywords based on your interests in order to start finding people.


You can even give them your email so that you will be updated whenever there might be someone new that interests you. What’s great about Twitterel is that you can follow people that you find right from their site, without having to open up a new page to go to Twitter to follow them.




“The CityTweets Network is made up of individual pages that track (near) real-time Twitter activity for individual cities, listing Tweets from and about that area.”

CityTweets is still pretty new so there are not a lot of cities listed but it’s extremely easy to request a CityTweets page for your city.

Personally I don’t know too many people from my area who actually use Twitter, so I feel that CityTweets can really be beneficial once it’s really built up. I’d love to be able to tweet to others in my area about how boring it is! Also, it could be a great way to organize a local Tweet Up.


Just Tweet It


Just Tweet It is not only a directory for Twitter users but they’re THE directory for Twitter users!  Since the directory is organized by category, it’s the perfect way to find other Twitter users like you and with the same interests.

What I love most about Just Tweet It is that they have quite a few feature spots on their homepage. There’s a spot for a Featured Tweeter, Newest Tweeters, Recent Blog Posts, and Latest News & Links. You also have the option to add your own name to the directory so that you can get found by other Twitter users like yourself.

Twitter Adder

Twitter Adder is pretty much like one of the hundreds of MySpace Adders they have on the internet. You enter your Twitter username and password and then they will add 20 random friends for you. Now, I’m not sure if Twitter Adder is a good thing or a bad thing but it’s not my style. I like to pick and choose who I follow to make sure we have at least a little something in common. I’m not sure if adding random people is such a good idea. What do you think?

Twannabe [No Longer Available]



Twannabe is a little different in that it lets you see who your “Twitter hero” is following (that you’re not following) so that you can then in turn follow them. I guess it’s nice if there’s someone on Twitter that you really want to be like; hopefully the people that they follow will interest you as well.

You’ll need to enter your Twitter username and password along with the username of your “Twitter hero” and then the magic begins. Next to each person in the list is a follow button but, unlike Twitterel (above), it opens up a new page to the users Twitter profile and you have to follow them from there.



Monitter was covered here on Make Use Of already a few months back and I really feel that it’s a great tracking tool for finding new people to follow. You can monitor numerous keywords at a time, kind of like Twitterel (above).


The difference with Monitter is that everything is updated in real-time. So, you can see new tweets as they are posted. In my opinion, this is definitely one of the best tools out there for monitoring what’s being talked about on Twitter.

Twitter Search

Twitter Search

Many people already know and use Twitter Search on a regular basis; I practically live on this site. Twitter Search is another great way to find out what’s being talked about on Twitter. I use it all the time to find others who are tweeting about things that I’m interested in.

Though it’s not updated in real-time, it does let you know when there is a new tweet about what you’re searching for along with the amount of new tweets that have been added. If you have Greasemonkey Greasemonkey Makes Firefox Unbeatable Read More installed though, there is a great userscript that will allow Twitter Search to auto-refresh so that you won’t have to keep refreshing it manually.

Twubble [No Longer Available]


“Twubble can help expand your Twitter bubble – it searches your friend graph and picks out people who you may like to follow.”

Twubble has actually been around for awhile but I still feel it deserves to be on this list just because of how easy and useful it is. You can follow users straight from the Twubble site – in one click. Twubble also adds a Google icon next to each user which allows you to Google them (opens in a new page).

Follow Cost [No Longer Available]

Follow Cost is fairly new and adds a little twist; it shows you how annoying it would be to follow someone on Twitter. I think Follow Cost works best in conjunction with one of the above mentioned sites.

Once you find someone you’re interested in following, you can check them out here to make sure they’re not a “Nuclear Follow Cost” (which is not good by the way). You’ll see the Average Updates per day and Last 100 Updates per day for them. This info can then help you to make an educated decision on whether you’d like to follow that user or not.

Which sites or tools do you use to find new people to follow on Twitter? Which one is your favorite? Which one have you found the most useful?

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  1. George
    January 27, 2010 at 1:16 am

    One more tool to consider to use is [Broken URL Removed]. Shows user profiles which are shared among your friends.

  2. Gabe
    December 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm
  3. AmArdEEpBhAthAl
    December 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    i dont think this helped

  4. Brian Sam-Bodden
    November 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Try it intelligently finds users to follow based on a search query.

  5. henry
    November 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Amazing how many ways there are to slice the same pie. Ck out Twiangulate, which lets you input two or three people, then sort and filter the resulting cross-sections of people they follow.

  6. Delilah
    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Is there a search engine that shows newest accounts that signed up in the past 7-14 days?

  7. Chris Hughes
    October 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Zee, is definitely up there on my list as well.

    With we've got to remember the "Advanced Search" option as well! The advanced search allows us to do a ton more than just the regular so everyone should at least try it :)

    Great post!

    -Chris Hughes

  8. Stacy
    October 12, 2009 at 1:10 am

    I'm actually glad that Zee mentioned Twello, what an EXCELLENT site. I'm new to this, and your article was the 3rd that came up regarding finding sites that help with narrowing down people to find who share the same interests as you do, etc.

    I didn't like how TwitterAdder ended up in the end. It was under my impression that once you've downloaded their Demo that your only allowed to follow 200 people a day, but they only give you their Demo for two or three days, and then they lock you out, and you can't follow anymore, unless you pay, which I find ridiculous. So, after I've tried those 9 sites that you suggested, only Twellow has actually been as user-friendly, those 9 sites were not very user friendly, but I'm still glad that you did your article because at least other people were able to weigh in other sites that I was able to try. YAY for Twellow! LOL!

    JustTweetIt was good, too, but clicking on every page to open into a new window gets redundant. Twellow has it where you can click "follow" without it opening into another window. I'll definitely check up on the other sites that the other folks chimed in about.


  9. Otavio Ferreira
    August 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Hello. I've developed an application called find2follow. It's a minimalistic approach to finding people to follow on Twitter. No sign-in, no sign-up, no Twitter password required. It also has an anti-celebrity filter :-) Check this out:

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    May 31, 2009 at 1:30 am

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    • corne
      January 23, 2010 at 11:12 am


  11. Twitter Tip
    May 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

    There are several twitter friend adder promotion tools, but are they ethic?
    An example is but I don't know if I'll use it...

  12. Patrick Collins
    April 24, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Another cool application is tweet spinner as it lets me auto-follow not just by keywords but also by location (for example, find all people tweeting about "salmon" in Portland, Oregon). Does neat things with "dynamic tweets" too.

  13. Interesting Blog
    March 26, 2009 at 1:42 am

    thanks for the useful list! welcome to the world of twitter.

    February 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm is another good resource for finding people to follow on twitter.

  15. Paul Kinlan
    February 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm


    There is also, auto follow based on your interests.

    It is very popular.

    Kind Regards,
    Paul Kinlan

  16. Mark S. Luckie
    December 30, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    There's also which I've found to be the most thorough

  17. Kari
    November 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

    What is the tool that allows you to see all the people you're following who aren't following you (and those following you that you aren't following)?

  18. David Stery
    November 6, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    You might also be interested in Tweet Scan's now active User Search. The idea is to offer what Twitter turned off but to also extend it across more sites as well. ind People at Tweet Scan

    • Aibek
      November 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm

      Never used Tweetscan's user search, but when it come to searching Twitter in general it's my favorite.

      • David Stery
        November 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm

        Thanks Aibek. Our user search is in fledgling stages but you can already find lots of people quite easily there. It searches beginnings of usernames as well as bio and location fields. If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears.

  19. Andy Merchant
    November 6, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Another possible one for your list might be Twitter Local

  20. Zee
    November 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Really should have mentioned you know... And city tweets looks pretty awful.

    • Charnita Fance
      November 5, 2008 at 7:26 pm

      Hi Zee, I didn't mention Twellow because it has been around for awhile and most people already know about it; I was trying to point out newer, less well-known sites. City Tweets is still new as I mentioned so, yes I agree that it's not the best.