So You Think You Can Twitter? 10 Helpful Hints to Help You Tweet Better (Part 2)

Continued from the first part

As I previously mentioned, Twitter is an awesome social networking tool as well as resource.  It has grown over the years and serves many different functions for a large, growing number of people.  That being said, let’s continue with the last five things that you can do to brighten your Twitter experience.

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5 Helpful Twitter Hints to Sweeten Your Experience

  1. Be Yourself! Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to anything you do in life, and on Twitter, this is especially true.  People want to feel like they can relate to you- that they have something in common.  An easy example of how to apply this logic to Twitter is to use an actual picture of yourself.  In your profile, say something interesting about yourself and/or link back to your personal blog/website.  Not only does it let others know that you are a real person (and not a spammer), but it lends you some credibility.
  2. Share Interests! On Twitter, you can actually track certain keywords, which makes it easier to find out who is talking about things you are interested in.  For instance, I am an athlete and love to run, so I was able to search for the keyword “run” and “cross country” to find other folks who shared the same interest.  Tracking keywords is also a great tactic when discussing issues related to marketing and blogging.
  3. Reach Other Bloggers! Twitter is great for marketing.  If you start to focus on writing about things that are more relevant than the last movie you saw and how cold it was outside, you can actually start to form meaningful relationships.  Remember, Twitter is all about networking, which is a great thing when it comes to business and marketing.
  4. Ask Questions! Sometimes the best way to get a conversation started with other people is to start off by asking a question.  Pay attention to the people who actually respond to you.  If you really do your homework, you can figure out how effective your twittering actually is based on the number of people who are following you, the kinds of people who are following you (i.e. business people versus your next-door-neighbor’s 16 year-old son), as well as the types of replies and retweets you are receiving.  It all counts!
  5. Say it Well! You’ve only got 140 characters or less to say what you’ve to to say, so make it good!  Tell people why they should listen to what you have to say.  Think about how you feel when you read what other people have tweeted about.  This will give you a better idea of just what kind of a Twitterer you’ll be!

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