It’s Twitter Tip Tuesday — every Tuesday we’ll focus on one Twitter Tip and show you how to integrate it into your social media strategy. This week we’ll show you how to make introductions on Twitter like a pro, using a neat tool called Doesfollow.

Have you ever been using Twitter and thought something like, “I think @bill might be interested in @mary’s tweets — they have a lot in common.” If you recognize that one tweeter may be of interest to another tweeter, introduce the two parties to each other. You’ll not only be doing a service to the two parties involved, you’ll also build your reputation as a Twitter connector. However, to avoid the potential embarrassment of introducing two people who may already be following each other (and to look like a real pro when they aren’t) here’s how to use Doesfollow to make your Twitter introductions even more effective.

How to Use Doesfollow

Using Twitter, or other social media management tools, you can find out information about your followers and whether or not they follow some of the same people you do. In other words, you can get some valuable insights as to who is following whom, but only in relation to you.

Doesfollow is a simple, online, free tool that allows you to compare any two Twitter accounts, whether or not you are following them or connected to them in any way. For example, navigate to the Doesfollow website and you’ll be presented with a spartan, yet intuitive interface, as seen in the image above.

Simply type one Twitter account name (let’s say @bill) in the left hand text entry box and another account name (let’s say @mary) in the right hand text entry box and click the “Check” button to see if @bill follows @mary. You’ll get a bold green “yup” if the answer is in the affirmative and a bold red “nope” if not. Whatever the answer is, just below it you’ll be presented with an automatic link to check in reverse — “Wonder if @mary follows @bill?” Remember, just because @bill follows @mary doesn’t mean necessarily that @mary follows @bill, so it’s a good idea to check in both directions.

If you’d like to check two different Twitter accounts, click the link entitled “Again?” to start over. Recently added support for Twitter lists also allows you to verify whether or not a given Twitter account is on a specific list.

How to Make an Informed Introduction

Let’s say that using Doesfollow, you determined that neither @bill nor @mary follow each other. You could then broker an introduction on Twitter by tweeting something like: “Hi @bill meet @mary, it looks like you two are both interested in x” (where “x” is whatever commonality that led you to believe this would make a good introduction in the first place).

Conversely, if you find that @bill is following @mary, but @mary is not following @bill, you could make an introduction like the following: “Hi @mary meet @bill. Bill is interested in ‘x’ too.”

Finally, if you find that both @bill and @mary are already following each other, you can forego an introduction altogether, or you could reiterate the relationship like this: “Hi @bill, I see that you’re following @mary. Me and Mary have been talking about “x” lately and thought you’d like to join the conversation.”

Of course, there are many ways to broker introductions on Twitter but using an effective and simple tool like Doesfollow allows you to make the most of the introduction while looking like a hero in the process.

[Image Credit: Nick Booth]