Twitter Tips To Get You Started Right
This past week I have talked to a few people about how effective Twitter is and if it is worth your time.
I of course said.. “Ummmm Yes!”
Their main complaint is that Twitter has to much noise/garbage to be a benefit to anyone. Now I agree there is A LOT of noise, but you can control the noise, so if it is still bothering you then it is Your Fault!
You alone control how you use Twitter..That is one of my twitter tips for you and you alone control what you see and don’t see, you alone control the noise, so stop complaining about the noise and fix it.
But JP, How do I do such a magical thing as to quiet the Noise? Well my friend.. this is how…
You have complete control of…
who you follow
who you list
how you tweet
what you tweet.
All these things are what make your time on Twitter noisy or a benefit to you and your blog.
Since many people have started or will start on Twitter the wrong way.. I figured I would take it back to the basics., way a back. This will help you get a strong foundation to build your Twitter marketing efforts off of.
10 Twitter Tips To Help You Get More Out Of Twitter.
Shrink Your URLs
You will be sharing helpful links on Twitter and since you only have 140 characters to work with, you need to shrink your links down.
Make it this http://ow.ly/3FH55
Takes people to the same place, but save room for you to write your message.
I use Hootsuite’s ow.ly and bit.ly for all my links.
ReTweet Followers Tweets
If you want to share someone’s tweet then you can either RT it @ their name or you can use the ReTweet button on Twitter.
I still use the RT @name, since this way I can add a message to the tweet if I choose to, also this way the tweeter will see that you RTd their tweet. This is one of those twitter tips that’s good for people that don’t check the ReTweets section, and won’t see who RTd.. I never check that
Check Your Direct Messages
Another great Twitter tip is to use Direct Messages. Yes I know.. most of the DM’s you get are spam.. mine too, but I still get a few quality DM’s a day. DM’s work like a mini email system, letting you private message people who you follow and follow you.
Use this wisely.. you can quickly become a spammer if you use over do it with DMs.. less is more here.
Use @ Sign To Tweet Someone
When you want to message someone on the stream you just have to use @thiername to have them see what you said.
NOW…this can be used for good and for bad.
The Good, if you want to chat with someone or ask a question or RT their tweet.
The Bad, when you use it to tweet them links to your crap that they may or may not want to see or share with their followers. This is Spam! “Most annoying of all twitter tips.”
A much better way to share links is to DM that person with it, giving them the option to share or not to share.
Do Your #FollowFriday
On Friday, people like to thank special followers for that week and you can do that by using #FF or #Follow Friday then the name’s of your followers you want to mention.
This is a great way to thank followers for the week they have RT’d your posts during the week.
Why do #FF?
You get in front of all the followers of the follower you did a #FF too.
Chances are they will #FF you back.
Great way to say Thank You, helps strengthen your community on Twitter.
It’s a great way to keep yourself in front of your followers each week so they don’t forget you.
Use Lists To Clean Your Stream
Using Lists is one of those twitter tips that help you build customized streams you can follow. If you’re a blogger, then you can have a list of Top Bloggers. Now when you go into that lists stream you will only see tweets from the bloggers you have added.
This is a great way to get away from the “Noise” on your main stream. You can make list for anything you like, team members, news outlets, local businesses, friends, family, anything really.
For me, I spend all my time between my @Replies stream and my bloggers, and entrepreneurs list streams. I VERY rarely visit Twitters main stream.
When it comes to twitter tips, sharing pictures is a no-brainer, people love images.
Now even though pictures are a great thing to share, they are not as helpful as a piece of well written content. So keep your picture sharing to no more than 2 -3 per day. The best pics to share are personal pics, funny pics, and motivational pics.
Pics you share can be anything, things from your personal life, or something funny you see, just be creative and be careful. Remember this is the internet, so careful of what personal pics you share.
Use A Desktop Client
Some people like to do all their Twitter tasks off of Twitter. You can do that with a desktop client like Hootsuite.
These make managing your tweeting easier and in a more customizable way, time saving Twitter tip.
Now I use Hootsuite for tweets… that’s all. I monitor all my Twitter tasks right on Twitter. I focus on my @replies stream, my lists streams and DM stream..and this has worked for my nicely.
Get A Mobile App
I use Plume Free version for Android and so far it is great. I can do everything I do on Twitter on that app. Makes life easier too when you send a tweet out and have to walk away from the comp.. you can still be available to reply and engage people.
I talked about mobile apps in this earlier post, Top 10 Android Apps For Bloggers
As a newbie user of Twitter, these twitter tips will help you started right.
You need to get the basics down first before you try to go all out with your Twitter marketing efforts.
Once you have these basics down, then you can learn how to build a community on Twitter and better your marketing efforts by grabbing my Free Marketing With Twitter Guide.
Oh yea, don’t forget to follow me @JohnAguiar and get even more Twitter Tips and Advice.