Twitter Tips

by Elizabeth Sellers on 16 February 2012 · 8 comments

Today I attended a Marketing workshop for new businesses. It’s part of series of workshops I am taking part to learn more about setting up my own business, and hopefully will feed into Three Jelly Moulds and a Wardrobe. One thing that did strike me in this workshop was the twitter advice. We were told not to engage too much at the beginning and just tweet about relevant messages relating to our business. And under no circumstances tweet about what you ate for dinner.

Erm….ooops!

This got me thinking about twitter effectiveness not only for businesses but for individuals too. I have been on twitter for nearly 3 years now, and I must admit it took me a while to get into it. But I persevered, mainly through nosiness and then for a need to chat to people because I was pretty much housebound. Throughout this time on twitter I have learnt some “do’s” and “dont’s” and I thought it might be helpful to share some of this for the newbies to twitter.

In particular, a lot of my ‘real-life’ friends have been contacting me for advice recently about starting out on twitter, so this might be a useful referral point for them.

Twitter Tips

Do

  • Talk to people. Conversations and interactions make twitter work.
  • Be nice. Be supportive. It will totally make someone’s day, and they’ll be likely to do the same for you.
  • Share. Whether it is a link to your work, someone else’s work, something, interesting cool or helpful. Sharing is caring on twitter.
  • Favourite tweets. They save for a rainy day when you need some amusement. And much easier to find the good ones than searching for the RT (retweet).
  • Follow a good amount of people as it will make your twitter more interesting, but make sure they are interesting and relevant to you. Say hello to them when you follow.
  • Follow back. This might be contentious but generally I follow back everyone who follows me. It seems polite.
  • Don’t just follow celebrities. I find that normal people are much more interesting.
  • Use the #ff #followfriday hashtags to seek out interesting people to connect with.
  • Likewise, recommend the tweeters you enjoy. It is both a great way to show your appreciation for someone’s tweeting, as well as sharing awesome people with your followers.
  • Use a platform such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. They are really helpful for seeing your feed, mentions, messages etc. in one place. Plus you can post to other social media networks such as facebook directly from them.
  • Have an informative profile bio and a photograph of yourself. People like to connect to real people.
  • Tweet regularly. At least daily.
  • And always reply to your @ mentions. It’s only polite.

Don’t

  • Watch the TMI. Not many people need to know about your hanky panky, toilet habits or hygiene routines.
  • Don’t moan about your day job unless you can do it in a funny, entertaining or insightful way.
  • In fact, try not to moan too much. It feels good to share grievances, annoyances etc. But keep it light and sprinkle with moments of positivity. If you constantly moan you will get unfollowed.
  • Refrain from retweeting every single #ff you receive. It can be irritating to your followers.
  • Try not to overtweet. It fills up your followers timeline (I am really guilty of this one sometimes. I just have too much to say!)

Any twitter aficionados out there have anything to add?

*** I must say that twitter has provided with many opportunities over the past 18 months. Opportunities I would not have known about had it not been for my incessant reading of twitter. This includes my expedition to Dominican Republic, my writing gig at Domestic Sluttery, a Blogcamp, a Bloggers Meetup, not to mention a bunch of awesome new friends. Needless to say I highly recommend twitter!

follow me on twitter —> @rosalilium_  or  @threejelly

Opt In Image
Blognix - UK's Most Friendly Blogging Conference
For bloggers who want to make their blogs awesome!

Eventbrite - Blognix 2014 - Blogging Conference
Book your place at the most affordable, all-inclusive, friendly and fun blogging conference in the UK.

Spend the day at the brilliant Custard Factory in Birmingham learning new skills on how to create a career from blogging. You will make new friends and discover what makes this community awesome.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Claire February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Some great Twitter tips! Something I read before was that if you only ever Twitter about your business, it’s like watching TV and only seeing the ads, not the programme.

I have two Twitter accounts, a personal and a business one (so I can be guilty of breaking my own guideline above!) as I didn’t want my personal life clouding the business one.

Endless retweeting of things other people have said about you on Twitter turns me OFF! Great tips, thanks :)

Reply

Elizabeth February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

good point on the endless retweeting. I think the occassional pimping of compliments is ok. But constant makes for a boring feed.

Reply

Dancing Branflake February 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

So interesting! I love tweeting for conversations but I admit that I should be following more people. Sometimes I think I am but I’m not.

Reply

Elizabeth February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

there are lots of awesome people out there for you to follow and converse with! ;-)

Reply

Siobhan February 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I like this. I know I sometimes moan too much on twitter. In fact if I am having a particularly bad day I don’t tweet (I find that better than tweeting about how sad/angry at the world I am feeling) I often write something like that and then don’t press send. But then sometimes I do.

I like it when people follow back, and I almost never moan about work as I love my job and place of work. I also don’t get too engaged in some political issues because of my work (like when a friend wanted me to post about something that was directly related to my work, so I phoned her instead!).

I’m going to follow these tips – and when you write about food I think posting about your dinner is fine from time to time! I like your twitter feed :)

Reply

Claire @ Jazzpad February 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

These are really great tips! I think twitter is such a good tool for blogging and networking, but you’re right, it can be SO hard to resist moaning / posting pictures of breakfast haha! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

Reply

Lisa-Marie February 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I am a bit prolific at twitter, as you know.

I try very hard not to moan. Can I call it ‘life observations’ instead?

Reply

A Thrifty Mrs February 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Great post. I love Twitter, LOVE it but I’ve just come out of a phase of really hating it.
You should neatly package these tips and send them out to new tweeters.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: