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.
Racquel Narciso @OddSauce
Know your RT etiquette.
“Sometimes people you follow will need help promoting something, gathering information, or getting information out. If their work is something you enjoy and believe in, then by all means do them a solid and hit that retweet button. Just be careful about retweeting inaccurate information, particularly during times of crisis. Sending out the wrong info could create unnecessary panic among your followers and spread faster than you can control it. It’s always wiser to confirm that your data is correct before you retweet.
Helping other people and causes broaden their reach on Twitter is a good deed that requires almost no effort on your part. And when the time comes that you need help getting the word out about something, your followers will be more likely to extend the same kindness. And when they do, don’t forget to say thank you!”
RJ Frasca @RJFrasca
“My advice for those new to twitter would be to take time building relationships. There are no shortcuts. Be yourself when you tweet, and make sure your profile and tweets represent you. You don’t have much room to let users know who you are so write a descriptive bio and include a good picture of yourself. Don’t worry about your follower count, but rather focus on your relationships with those that do follow you. Make sure you always reply and/or thank those that mention or RT you as quickly as possible. Twitter moves fast, so the quicker you reply, the better. Use lists to segment your followers and a good dashboard like HootSuite or TweetDeck. These will help you keep up with those you follow. Most of all, remember to have fun. Twitter is an exciting network and you’ll meet more new people here than anywhere else online.”
Sean Gardner @2morrowKnight
“Social media is amazing. It has helped topple governments and fostered cross-cultural understanding around the world. But no matter how you use it, it all gets down to this: personal relationships. I recommend sharing content from at least one person a day on twitter, and making sure to +1 and like the content of folks as much as you have time for on Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Facebook. The work you put in now will pay huge dividends for you down the road. If you can focus on impacting people instead of impressing them, you’ll have great success.”
Stacey Miller @Staceylamiller
“If you’re just getting started on Twitter, follow, listen and reply first before broadcasting your tweets or links. If you’re a constant broadcaster off the bat, it’s like shouting into the Grand Canyon – no one will be listening! Also, if the ratio of your tweets is more broadcast than conversation, people who view your stream will think you’re an autotweeter and not a human. Build your community first by engaging in others’ questions, conversations and trends. Not sure how to find people similar to you? Search the hashtag of your industry or favorite topic – you’ll find a wealth of peers.”
Terri Nakamura @TerriNakamura
“If you are new to Twitter and want to know how to curate your own content, my advice is to first think of the things that most interest YOU, then develop a bookmark folder to keep pages/sites handy when you are looking for things to share. By sharing what is interesting to you, you will attract people who are interested in the same things, and people who share common interests are much more likely to become acquaintances, conversationalists, friends and amplifiers of your timeline.”