I love Twitter. It is admittedly my favourite social media platform and the one from which I receive the majority of my subscribed followers.
Twitter has received various criticisms lately, but personally, I find it to be the most efficient, open, and productive social media platform.
Twitter’s Productivity and Highlights:
- The 140 character limit currently in place for all tweets keeps everything relevant, to the point, and focused. I think this point adds to Twitter’s flow.
- Twitter is fast! (And some say furious!) Fast means that you can get information out more efficiently and accordingly receive more exposure.
- The most recent relevant Tweet activity from the people you follow is always available forefront, no matter what device you use, if you use Twitter from the internet or through a service such as Hootsuite.
- The flow allows you to be able to QUICKLY AND IMMEDIATELY scan what people are sharing, and then re-tweet, thank and follow people effectively.
- Notifications are by the second.
- Twitter is straightforward:
- No individual types or different levels of likes or approval.
- No ad hoc groups or circles to arrange your posting around or to cause you to have to post the same thing dozens of times with different parameters.
- No special categories by which to abide. Hashtags used voluntarily, can quickly and informally “tag” or “categorise” a tweet.
- If you are interested in someone and what they Tweet, you just have to “follow” them.
- There are no arduous application processes.
- No different levels of being “accepted.”
- No restrictions as far what you can see or do because of the category or “position” you have been placed. (Tweeting about things considered “mature” or having an account based on one of these subjects does require you to inform Twitter.)
Good Things To do;
- The fastest and easiest way to get your tweets noticed, re-tweeted, and appreciated is by including the @name of either the author of something you have referenced in your tweet, the name of the person who sent out the original tweet or someone related to what you are tweeting. (see notes below)
- A top #hashtag grabs attention. Many people will follow a hashtag and find new similarly interested Tweeters to follow. (see notes below)
- I have read many articles that reference studies reporting that if you write out “please re-tweet” it is supposed to increase your re-tweet activity substantially. However, in my personal experience using people’s names and top hashtags is much more efficient and productive.
Don’t overdo a good thing;
- Too many #hashtags have a negative and consequently opposite effect on everything. So use high quality, proper (as in, not made up on the spot) top hashtags where they are relevant, ONLY!
- Using people’s @name irrelevantly also has a very adverse effect. For example, you wouldn’t arbitrarily add @ellendegeneras to every tweet when they have nothing to do with her. People would immediately catch on and not only ignore you all together but maybe block you or even report you for spamming!
- Tweeting too much and too often. Let’s be honest and realistic; I’m not going to pay more attention to, or re-tweet things that are either very similar or are being sent out so frequently that they clutter up and distract my feed. Of course, regular tweet activity is a good thing but keep them varied and at a reasonable amount that won’t just piss people off. (see notes below)
- TOP POINTS
- When you are tweeting about someone, always start the tweet with a word (or even a symbol) before the person’s Twitter @name. This type of Tweet goes out to all of your followers.
- -When Tweeting to someone and specifically if it is a conversation put the other person’s Twitter @name first. This type of tweet goes out to the named person only.
- Multiple Big Time Tweeters claim that; “The more, the better” rule applies to all things Twitter. For example, followers, amount of tweets a day, the number of hashtags to use, etc. Everyone has their opinion, and EVERYONE can show various statistics to back up their personal argument. However, the bottom line is, as always, follow the guidelines and do what works for you. You will not get someone else’s claimed or public results by doing what they say. Also, most importantly, you don’t need anyone else’s results, you need your results and experience that is productive for you.
This guideline is not an exhaustive explanation of Twitter’s Rules or best practices. Included are the points and top pieces of information that either; I wanted to know when I started using Twitter, or what I see people struggling with. Also, I included points for questions that I am most frequently asked.
Have fun Tweeting