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Twitter Tips

Posted by on Oct 18, 2009

Not like I haven’t written about Twitter often enough, but I thought it was time to write a short post on how to use Twitter to enjoy it the best if you’re inclined to use the service, as I am. The truth is that there’s no one way to use it, but there are things that you might want to consider doing and other things you shouldn’t even think about doing.

Twitter can be a lot of fun. But it can also get in the way of your regular life, and the life of others. Some Twitter users find themselves glued to their computer or cell phones literally hours a day, waiting for the next bit of information. Some users rarely show up, only remembering when it happens to come to their mind. Here are some tips for how to use Twitter effectively.

One way to use Twitter is to set defined times for when you want to pop on to see what’s going on. Doing that means you won’t be wasting time that’s needed to do other things by checking on Twitter.

Use a program such as Tweetdeck or Twhirl and set it up so that those specific people whose messages you really want to follow will be there when you do decide to sign on. The general Twitter stream moves so fast that there’s literally no way to keep up with it all unless you are on it 24/7. By using programs such as the ones above, you can be pretty sure that their messages will still be around whenever you do decide to check in.

If you have a blog, find a way to use a plugin of some sort to automatically send those messages to Twitter whenever you do an update. Of course, you can also set up your blog to see what the people you follow have to say, as well as to show what you’re saying on Twitter. I’ll admit that’s kind of irritating to me.

Try to sign into Twitter at least once every couple of days. Just like blogs, people like to see some sort of consistent participation from those folks they’re following. If you pop in and out with no regularity, people will unfollow you.

Every once in awhile, post something that has nothing to do with you. If you see an interesting article, video, or image, post that link onto Twitter. If you read something on Twitter that appeals to you, retweet it for others to see, since everyone following you may not be following someone else. And sometimes, just talk to someone you’re following; you never know what may come of it.

Don’t overdo anything. Don’t try to talk to everyone all the time. Don’t retweet too often. Don’t post too many links. Don’t post too many quotes. Don’t ramble; always try to have something to say.

If you’re using Twitter to only promote your business, try to find ways to interact with people so that it doesn’t look like it’s the only thing you’re doing. Respond to people who try to reach out to you from time to time; it enhances your presence, and people like to see that you’re accessible.

These are only a few tips to help you get the most out of Twitter. There really are no right or wrong ways to use it, but some ways will be more effective for you that others.

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Twitter can be a very fun thing but after a while it can be annoying. Twitter is a great way to get traffic. Love your post.
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October 19th, 2009 | 5:12 AM

Thanks M. Twitter is what people decide to make it, I figure.

October 19th, 2009 | 10:07 AM
jan@emo girls:

Very nice aticle. Thanks. I just got started with twitter and try to find out how to get some visitors from it.
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October 19th, 2009 | 1:22 PM

Early on, Jan, you might have to find people to bring into the fold. At a certain point, though, you won’t have to try anymore, as offers will fly in. Just be discerning in who you add.

October 19th, 2009 | 2:53 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good afternoon, Mitch.

I like Twitter, but I’m finding that I’m not on it as much as I used to be.

I use Twitterrific on my Mac to keep up with what’s going on. Generally, I turn it on for a couple of hours in the morning and maybe a couple more in the evening.

Whenever I really have to think, however, I turn it off so it won’t distract me while concentrating.

I don’t know if I use Twitter effectively or efficiently, but it seems that I’ve grown comfortable with it.

Act on your dream!


October 19th, 2009 | 12:27 PM

Hi John,

The thing about Twitter is really maximizing your usage of it more than having to be on it a lot. For instance, I wanted to make sure all my blog posts show up there; that happens. I also wanted to make sure I always saw message that are either to me or mention my name in some fashion. I use TweetDeck, as you know, and it’s just there in the background so I can check it periodically. But I’m not writing as much as I used to either, as I continue to work on finding a balance.

October 19th, 2009 | 12:53 PM