25 Twitter Tips To Help You Tweet Like A Pro

Posted by on July 12, 2013

Almost everyone we know has a Twitter account and have a multitude of reasons for what and why they use Twitter. Some use it as a news feed while others use it as an RSS feed and some use Twitter as a messaging tool to communicate with friends and family. Aside from personal uses, Twitter has become an essential promotional tool for bloggers, Internet marketers and social media professionals. The question is then: Are you making the most of the time you spend on Twitter and generating the positive results you expect? To answer that question, we gathered 25 Twitter tips to help you tweet like a pro from successful, influential power Twitter users.

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Aaron Lee @AskAaronLee

Aaron Lee
My best tip for those who are new to Twitter is to follow the ‘CBS Rule’. It stands for Connect, Build, and Share.
C: Connect with new people everyday, you can do so easily with Twitter chats, following new people, joining a conversation or even by reaching out to blog authors.
B: Build relationships by continuing engagement with people. This can be done by responding to tweets and keeping conversations going. Best tip to maintain a great relationship would be to add people to twitter lists. Build your Twitter lists to separate the conversationalists that you need to engage.

S: Share tweets that adds value to the stream. Adding value to the stream is how to stand out in Twitter. A good tip would be to pick a balanced mixture of content.

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Amber Osborne @MissDestructo

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“One of the best things I ever learned to do with using Twitter is to connect with people through event hashtags before the event. Find a few people you find interesting and make it a goal to seek these people out at the event. If they have a website, make notes of things in common to talk about in person. Some of my best friends and clients have come from just doing my research on people before conferences. It’s also a great way to get involved in event hashtags and make yourself visible to the community”

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Amy Neumann @CharityIdeas

Amy Neumann

“If you’re just getting started on Twitter, take a peek at #hashtags that interest you.  A hashtag (the # sign directly touching the front of a word, no space) is simply using a word purposefully, so other people can proactively be involved in the conversation/tweets on a topic anywhere in the world.  #SocialGood is a personal favorite.  You can also find people near you talking about things that interest by you using Twitter Search in a number of ways. If you look around a bit it’s easy to find people and topics you’ll enjoy following!”

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Amy Vernon @AmyVernon

Amy Vernon

“Be yourself. Don’t be upset if your first tweets seem as if they’re going out into nothing. Talk about what interests you, share articles on topics that interest you. Use hashtags to help others find them, and always make sure you @ tag the author, when possible, in the tweet. If you find an article because of someone else on Twitter, even if you tweet it from the article page, make sure to tip your hat to that person in the tweet, so they know you noticed. Even the most seasoned Twitter pro feels good when someone shows they found something cool due to her tweet.”

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Ann Tran @AnnTran_

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“Social media is not just for transmitting a message—you should listen, like you would if you were sitting in front of someone. Make sure you give more than you take, just like in real life, because the karma effect works magically when we all share and promote others. And always do your best to be yourself. It’s just as important online as offline to be authentic, fun, creative and, if possible, inspire others with your words and actions”

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Britt Michaelian @BrittMichaelian

Britt Michaelian

“When you first begin interacting on Twitter, it’s very similar to attending a networking event where you may not know a single person. One of the best ways to show up and get the most out of your time on Twitter is to have a clear goal outlined with action steps and desired results.

Know who (business contacts), what (information) and why (purpose) you are looking to connect with on Twitter and beyond. Your tweets should share thoughts, tips, resources that will help your target connections to reach their goals.

Be generous with retweets, but don’t forget to share your own thoughts that can be retweeted. Twitter is not as much about you getting what you want as it is you helping others to get what they want. It is about sharing and having conversations that are win-win scenarios for everyone involved. Bottom line, be smart and have fun!”

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Brooke Griffin @BrookeGriffin_

Brooke Griffin

“Social Media is about connecting, engaging and meeting incredible people. Twitter is such a powerful medium. It allows us to connect with people across the globe. We can form long-term friendships with those who truly support us. There are many different and creative ways to utilize Twitter, but my #1 tip is simply: engagement. Reach out, Retweet, thank, and support one another. Always be yourself and stay positive. Twitter is real life in digital form. Better yet, you can take your online friendships further and meet in person.

The more you engage others, the stronger relationships you’ll form. There is so much to learn from others. Twitter is a source of knowledge, limitless content and valuable information.  You can connect with brands, business owners and anyone you’d like to reach out to. The opportunity is endless. Keep Engaging. Twitter is Awesome.”

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Calvin Lee  @Mayhemstudios 

Calvin Lee on Twitter

“My number one tip has always been share and be nice. OK that was two. I have also seen myself as being like customer service. Helping my followers in anyway I can. Through sharing good and helpful information, reshare my followers content or tweets (must be quality stuff), engaging my followers, asking and answering questions. Be consistent, be yourself and be nice. The 7 rules I’ve always stuck to since I started on social media over 5 years ago. I’ve never changed or wavered the whole time. That’s why people like me. Well most people do. :)

With that said, also be careful who you trust and believe in Social Media. There are many fakes and spammers and scammers. Do your research and go with your gut feeling.”

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Dave Larson  @TweetSmarter 

Tweet Smarter on Twitter

Tweets that start with “@…” are mostly private and won’t be seen by many people. If you are @Mom on Twitter, and @Dad sends you this tweet:

@Mom Dinner out tonight? None of @Dad’s follower’s will see it unless they also follow you. So that also means, none of your followers will see a tweet like this:

@TweetSmarter is very helpful—if you’re looking for help, contact them.…unless they already follow @TweetSmarter! To rewrite the tweet so more of your followers can see it, put something in front of the username. The two most common ways to do that are:

.@TweetSmarter is very helpful—if you’re looking for help, contact them. If you’re looking for help on Twitter, try @TweetSmarter. They’re great!

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Debra Cincioni @MomsOfAmerica

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“Converse with others…don’t just tell the world what you are up to, or only post your activities.  Engage your followers and speak to them…even if you don’t have the time for lengthy dialogue, a quick tweet by hello or thank you shows your acknowledgment of their tweet to you. As in other aspects of our life, twitter is in real life…and we must honor those who take the time to send a smile… so remember to be genuine and treat others here as you would at a networking event.

To accomplish this I use an application called Hootsuite.   This tool helps you stay in touch with your followers and to manage your social media across many different platforms.  One post can reach your  twitter followers, your Facebook or Google + contacts  and others!  They have a great free service !  They are also on twitter and very helpful to users @hootsuite.”

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Esta Singer  @SheConsulting

Esta Singer

“Be real. Engage peeps who inspire. Be relevant, retweet, reach out. Twitter is a gift. Be present to others, they’ll be present for you.

I wrote this quote about a year after I started twitter: Like wind in the sky, twitter takes ideas to places out of your control, and returns ideas within your grasp.” ~ @sheconsulting

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Henie Reisinger @HennArtOnline

Henie Reisinger

“To gain new followers you have to follow people back, but not necessarily everybody. One of the most helpful sites to help me manage this is Manage Flitter. Not only will it help you weed out inactive accounts, it will also show you who isn’t following you back.

And since being new may be undoubtedly overwhelming at first, make sure to utilize the “Favorite” function within the Twitter platform. Not only is this a good way for you to “mark” where you left off or perhaps note good content you may want to look at later, it will also let the original content creator know that you have taken the time and are interested in what they have to share…and who knows, it may very likely prompt them to start following you.”

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Hey Kim @HeyKim 

Hey Kim

I Choose Kindness.

On twitter, as in LIFE, we CHOOSE who we associate with. I surround myself with people who go OUT OF THEIR WAY to be nice.. to be helpful, to be comforting , to be supportive.. to be KIND.

Kindness can entail many things- but keeping it simple – 3 S’s

SUPPORT. SHARE. SINCERITY

CHOOSE to follow people  on twitter who are giving & helpful,  funny, smart, talented, artistic, brave & inspirational and ALL share their gifts. I support them by sharing those things with my followers, who in turn share them. When we use our talents to help someone else become successful, we all win. 

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Jason Eng  @JasonEng_

Jason Eng

Fixate on the relationships, not the numbers.

“It’s really easy to become fixated with the numbers like how many followers you have or what your follow to follower ratio is.  And it’s easy to get obsessed with trying to raise your Klout or Kred score.  Instead of fixating on the numbers, focus on building good relationships with others on Twitter.  Social isn’t about the numbers, it’s about the relationships.  Be patient and build good relationships, you can meet some pretty awesome people on Twitter.  ‘Pay it forward’.”

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Jessica Northey  @JessicaNorthey

Jessica Northey

“Be true to yourself but also try to make Social Media useful for your followers. Hold up a “mirror” to the kind of people you want to attract and provide information / tips that benefit THEM. ”

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Misty McPadden

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Misty is a designer and illustrator, she has been writing / blogging for over 5 years, and has over 10 years experience in project management and over 4 years experience as digital producer. Very active on social media. Enjoys traveling and dabbles in photography.

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  • Sunil Jain

    Hello BIGSIS :D

    Now this is a really inspiring post. So many known faces, who have individually taught me various twitter lessons :D

    Thanks for bringing them all together :)

    Happy Tweeting :))

    • http://podjam.tv/ mistybelardo-mcpadden

      Glad you found the article helpful Sunil and thank you for dropping by :)

  • Neal Schaffer

    Thanks for including me Misty! A lot of goodness in this post!!!

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Thank YOU Neal for taking time to share your tips with us!

  • Diane Brogan (@DianeBrogan)

    Beautifully done Misty. Great advice. Thank you for taking the time to create this great work. Keep up the good work.

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Thank you so much Diane for taking time to say hello! Missing you already. Hope to see you again soon!

  • Diane Brogan (@DianeBrogan)

    Beautifully done Misty. Great advice. Thank you for taking the time to create this great work.

  • michaelqtodd

    A fantastic list of people and tips I learned a lot Misty

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Hi Michael, thank you for dropping by. I learn from you and these amazing people everyday :)

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Hi Michael, so glad you stopped by. Glad you enjoyed the article as much as I had fun putting it together. :)

  • Debby Bruck

    Thank you Misty. No matter how long you have been on Twitter, you can always use a little advise and reminders on the best ways to use Twitter. Everyone agrees that “listening” and being kind pays off with building friendships. I was surprised to see how many people on this post communicate with each other via tweeting. I popped over from @ShellyKramer and @TerriNakamura WAVING HELLO TO FRIENDS!

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Hi Debby, so glad you found the tips very helpful :) I have built friendships with everyone on the list via Twitter and the part, most on the list I have already met in person too. Social media is truly a great catalyst for connecting and then building relationships overtime.

  • Troy Mickins

    I’ve been on twitter for a little less than a year and still appreciate all of the tips I can get. This list offers relevant tips from people that I hold in high regard. Thanks for putting this together and sharing it!

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Hi Troy, nice to meet you. Same with you, I have been on Twitter for a long time now, over 5 years in my case and I still learn a lot from the people I follow. I am just so happy that you found the tips helpful and thank you for sharing them too :)

  • Patricia Wilson

    What a great post Misty! So many great tips from awesome tweeters….many of whom I learned from when I was a newbie and still learn from today! Thanks for including me. You are a great twitter mentor.

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      My pleasure Patricia, just happy we connected on Twitter when we did, plus the bonus of meeting you in person I will cherish forever. See you on the Twitter stream!

  • Terri Nakamura

    Dear Misty,

    What a great idea to assemble information for new users. I think those new to Twitter should BOOKMARK this page!

    Thank you very much for inviting me to participate. I’m honored to be included among many of the power users you’ve enlisted to contribute.

    ((HUGS))

    Terri

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      HI Terri, thank you for taking time to share your tip with us. We may be tweeting for a long time, but there are always new people joining twitter and do not have a clue. Truly appreciate YOU.

  • esta

    Misty~girlll! GR8 post! Love the tips, love the format, love the author. Thank you so much for including me!

    e. xoxo

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Hi Esta, thank you for inspiring us and sharing your experience. :)

  • Jessica Northey

    AWWW Misti, I would have wrote more. I thought it had to be a “140 character” friendly.
    This is great stuff and love you as always! xo

    • esta

      LOL thought EXACTLY the same thing! OXO

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Hi Jessica, thank you soooo much for sharing your wisdom! You are one person that has taught me so much and you have remained true to who you are no matter how popular you have become. YOU are awesome! :)

  • alan darnell

    good stuff

    • Misty B. McPadden  (@mistygirlph)

      Thank you Alan :)