JustRetweet is a credit-based Twitter sharing and Twitter following service that allows small businesses and entrepreneurs to get more exposure on the micro-blogging and social networking site. Meet Valentine Belonwu, the founder of the site, in this exclusive interview.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Valentine, thank you for answering my questions. As a starter, tell us a little bit about you.
Valentine Belonwu: Thanks for giving me this opportunity Cendrine. My name is Valentine, I am from Nigeria. I am an entrepreneur and blogger.
CM: What gave you the idea of creating JustRetweet?
VB: In the early 2010, I started a blog site called BigMoneyWeb and as of then, I was having some challenges to get other bloggers to share my blog posts. BizSugar was the only site that really helped me to increase the traffic to my blog. I needed to have more people to share my content anytime I published a new post and that was the main reason why I decided to launch JustRetweet.
CM: How did you meet Devesh Sharma and Ileane Smith, the two other members of the team?
VB: Henry Ford once said that, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” and this is what brought me in contact with Devesh and Ileane. I used to visit their blogs and get tons of ideas and blogging tips. From there, I decided to make friends with them because my main purpose as a blogger is to collaborate with others and I wanted us to work together as a team.
CM: How does JustRetweet work exactly?
VB: JustRetweet is a very simple system that was built to give more exposure to everyone using it. One of the keys for success with the site is the same as any other social network: post interesting stories and use attractive headlines that get people’s attention.
If you don’t want to retweet other people’s tweets, then you can invest in one of our very affordable packages that allow you to purchase points, which you can offer other members to retweet your content.
We accept a wide range of topics and we have mostly bloggers sharing articles about social media, marketing, small business, finance etc. We don’t allow certain things such as get-rich-quick schemes, affiliate links, music links etc.
People can also grow their Twitter following by offering points to other members who follow them or choosing to invest in a featured spot.
CM: What makes JustRetweet different from platforms like Triberr or Digg?
VB: JustRetweet has a very simple interface and it’s really easy to get started and have your content shared quickly. There is no group or tribe to worry about, you can simply retweet articles that appeal to you. Also, each member sets the level of credits they want to distribute for a given Tweet. There is more collaboration and reciprocation of content from blogs that are instructional or motivational than a new site like Digg.
CM: How many users does JustRetweet have right now?
VB: JustRetweet has over 1,500 members right now and is still growing.
CM: How have you used social media to create a buzz about JustRetweet?
VB: We have the JustRetweet fan page on Facebook and we started the blog a few months ago. This week we will launch a new Facebook scheduling feature to the site which will give our users the added convenience of posting articles they find on JustRetweet to their pages and profiles on Facebook.
CM: What is next for the platform? Any plan to integrate with Facebook, Google+ or even Pinterest?
VB: As I mentioned, we are working to add Facebook scheduling for tweets, which will be launched next week. In the near future, we may add Google+ once their API is available to everyone.
CM: Where can people find more information on JustRetweet?
VB: people can find more information here.
CM: Any last words?
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