12 Twitter Tips for Newbies

If you’re a Twitter newbie, then you know that Twitter is probably the most intimidating Social Network out there. Knowing how to use Twitter takes a lot more than 140 characters!  If you start off using Twitter the wrong way, you can do more harm than good. Twitter is not for selling your listings. It IS for engaging with and forming relationships with people in your spheres.   Here are some tips and tricks to help you get Tweeting like a pro!

  1. Max out your Bio’s 160 Characters with Who/What/Why. I don’t follow anyone without a bio.
  2. Leave 20 open character spaces at the end of your tweets so they are easy for others to ReTweet.
  3. ReTweet other’s great content, and always add your own comment to the tweet (using parentheses to set your comment apart).
  4. Monitor your ReTweets, and always thank your ReTweeter.
    1. Simply @reply with “Thanks for the RT” or something similar.
    2. ReTweet something of theirs that you consider good content.
    3. Mention them in a tweet. Say something good about them!
  5. When someone @mentions you,  always respond back!
  6. Listen.  The best way to learn about Twitter is to listen in on what others are saying.
  7. Join into conversations.  Don’t be shy, that’s what Twitter is for. But make sure  you’re giving positive and insightful feedback
  8. Ask questions / Answer questions.
  9. For every tweet of your own content – blog posts, YouTube videos, Photos, etc, send out at least 5 “engaging” tweets – @replies and ReTweets.
  10. For every self promotion tweet, send at least 2  tweets that congratulate or thank someone else.
  11. Use a Mobile App for your phone and a Desktop App like Hootsuite, on your computer.
  12. Twitter is NOT for broadcasting. It’s for engaging. Be yourself, and be real.

There’s a LOT more to being Twitterific than what you see on this short list. These are just some tips that I feel are very important to success.  Next week I’ll post about Twitter Search, and how to find and follow the right peeps.

If you’d like to learn more about using Twitter, please join me for a free Twitter Webinar on Thursday, August 4th at 1pm Eastern Time.

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  1. Posted July 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    All great tips and always useful at any level of Twitter use.

  2. Posted July 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Great post, sensible but easy to follow, being relatively new to twitter some great ideas and guidelines to follow

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