Good question eh?
So I just created (today) a new account – HITS1000 – to my surprise, it started following 30 some and being followed by a similar number, so I guess Twitter did that.
Ok from 30, starting the service about 3PM and after correcting a few minor program bugs it actually start at 3:12 PM and then again a couple of corrections and re-start at 3:27 PM
I am preparing this tweet at 5:41PM so the “NEW SERVICE” has been running for a couple of hours and it is already at 874 followers! that means 400+ per hour?
So by the time the east coast gets this tweet it would have past almost 12 hours at 400 per hour that means over 4,000 followers by tomorrow?
Let’s see… I am tired now, you guys tell me if we did it.
During my first experiment I achieved 25,000 (HITS1K) in 3 weeks, but then I was writing the program, experimenting with different approaches to the challenge, the program is now ready.
But just a caution note, people have the tendency to do what they want, so I do not expect this high rate to last for long, because as the total number of followers increases, so does the number of desertions.
This is Version 4.00 (What a coincidence 400 new followers per hour, not too shabby).
Favorite this article and tweet, will complete this tomorrow.
By the way I am in Honolulu, Hawaii, it is 6 hours earlier that the east coast and 3 hours earlier that the west coast.