Let’s Get Down To Business: How To Tweet
One thing I’ve found when talking to new tweeter’s is that they don’t know the art of a good tweet. They aren’t sure how casual it can be, or they over think their every tweet..and don’t end up tweeting anything!
So to help you newbies out I’ve come up with a few tips.
Tip 1: Figure out why you are joining twitter. Do you want to connect with people on a social or business level? Are you looking to find people in your field or just people in your area?
Tip 2: Don’t be afraid to speak your mind! But also you should know that you will be ignored if you tweet meaningles
s things ie. “omg I just lyke saw a dawg! haha lolz” So keep your tweets relevant to why you joined twitter. Just make sure you don’t lose you own voice!
Tip 3: A good way to jump into Twitter is by replying to people you admire or Re-tweeting them. Don’t get too scared, the worst thing that could happen is they don’t reply. And honestly, that is not bad, there are so many people you can be replying to, that you will probably forget to reply to some people yourself!
Tip 4: Set a goal for how many times you want to tweet a day. Maybe you can start off with 4 tweets a day? It’s a good idea to set a goal at first because it will be something you can 1.) put on your to do list and easily cross off 2.) it will seem more feasible, and 3.) by making a goal you are more likely to actually tweet!
Tip 5: Make sure to change your profile picture! I know it sounds a little bit silly, but a lot of people don’t follow back new users who still have the o_O icon as their picture. Most spam bots don’t change their icon so the 0_O is commonly associated with them, which means people won’t want to follow you. So add a new picture, maybe it’s your personal logo, a picture of you, or your favorite pair of shoes.
In the twitterverse we use the @ sign in order to reply or mention people in our tweet. By doing so you are not only connecting with people you normally wouldn’t but you are making a name for yourself. By replying to something a popular person in your career field said it is not only giving others a chance to see what you are saying (if it is re-tweeted or the person responds back) but you are making a connection with that person.
What are DM’s? DM stands for direct message, this is where you can message someone (using 140 characters or less) as long as you are both following each other you can message them. This is good for asking a private question or just taking a conversation off the timeline to avoid noise.
You hear me talk about noise a lot, and you are probably thinking what is this chick talking about, is there a song that plays in the background every time I log on? To answer your question, no. Noise is referred to your timeline, in specific it can refer to a certain person or a #chatgroup. Sometimes a conversation (via @reply/mentions) can get lost because of other people’s tweets, thus creating the noise type idea. (imagine you are at a library and it is very loud, but you are trying to talk to your professor that’s like twitter all day.)
So..what are you waiting for? Start tweeting!