The Easiest Way to See Who Follows You on Social Media

Date Sat, January 18 2014

Running giveaways is sometimes a hassle but, man, there’s nothing worse than having to verify all those follows, fans and adds on social networks if your widget doesn’t do it automatically. In fact, even  if you use a form that does do this, there’s no saying Jenny Enterer hasn’t already unfollowed you. Unfortunately, people who don’t pass muster are all too common when it comes to giveaways.

For months, nay years, I have struggled with verifying these entries. Facebook has made is increasingly harder to view specific people who follow you, even if you’re using the site as your page.

This morning, I discovered some stupidly easy ways to verify. Not only will these save you time, but they’ll make your giveaways more fair people people because they’ll know you do and can verify social media entries. Here’s how.

Facebook

Type this into the search bar

likers of PageName named NameHere

See who likes your Facebook page

See who likes your Facebook page

Obviously, replace page name with your actual page name and NameHere with your entrant’s name. For example, “likers of Reviews by Cole named Jennifer” brings up over 50 of you (aww!).

Bonus: This doesn’t actually help for giveaways, but it’s interesting to see how popular you are on social media. Enter this URL into your browser to view the total number of shares of URL on your site: http://graph.facebook.com/?id=http://YourDomain.com

Twitter

Register with DoesFollow.com. Enter your username and the username of the Twitter friend into form and click the button. You’ll see a big green “Yup” if so. You can also check whether you follow back. Handy!

Pinterest

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to check Pinterest followers.. yet. However, it’s still easier than Facebook. Search for the entrant’s name. Click on their profile, click “Following.” Scroll until you see your name/your page name. This can take a little bit if the person follows many Pinterest accounts, though.

Instagram

I don’t use this service, but many of you do. Luckily, you can use http://ig.wakax.com to check who follows you. The tool breaks the list down into

  • Followers (You don’t follow)
  • Following each other
  • Following (You are not followed)

Giveaway blogging has suddenly become so much easier. Phew!

So, that’s it for now. If you have any tricks to verify entries, sound off in the comments.

 

 

7 Responses

  1. Amanda January 23 2014 @ 8:30 am

    Wow. It sounds like a major pain to verify all the entries, especially for huge giveaways. It’s nice to have tools to make things easier though and hopefully more will be developed in the future to make things more automated.

  2. Cole January 23 2014 @ 8:36 am

    It definitely can be. To be fair, I should verify EVERY entry before picking a winner but I just verify the winner’s entries. If it’s not good, I skip to the next one.

  3. Agent Q January 23 2014 @ 1:07 pm

    That’s interesting. I guess such issue never occurred to me because I never had to maintain nor verify the legitimacy of certain followers/entrants. These tools are quite convenient. I’m sure hope more will be developed in the near future to make our lives a little easier. :)

  4. Ang January 23 2014 @ 1:11 pm

    I try to verify every entry to make things fair for those who entered. It would suck to have an entry count that wasn’t actually done. But you’re right it is time consuming. I’m glad to see there are tips and tricks of the trade that will help when I hold another giveaway!

  5. Ange January 24 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Interesting tools. I use “JustUnfollow” for followers on Twitter/Instagram. One issue I’ve found with Facebook (in terms of Facebook friends, and not necessarily relevant to giveaways), is the fact that these days, your “friend” could unfriend you, but you can still be “following” that person, and will be his “follower” as opposed to a “friend.” If someone’s going to unfriend me, I’d rather not be “following” him either? I wish there were a way to find out who you’re just “following.”

  6. Cole January 24 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    I know this is the right way to do it but, my god, I’d go insane.

  7. Cole January 24 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    I see your point about following friends. I never gave it much thought but you’d right.

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