Why would you want to be awesome on Twitter? Well, it’s a good way to gain followers and maybe make friends (which makes Twitter more fun!).
The disclaimer for this post is that you are free to do as you wish on Twitter; these are some practices that I think work well.
- Thank as many people as you can for retweeting you
Showing appreciation is always a good thing, and it doesn’t have to be reserved for tangible things. If someone retweets you, thank them. If you have a large following and are constantly having your tweets retweeted, it may be physically impossible to thank each retweeter. But even if you only thank five retweeters who’ve helped spread your message each time, that’s better than nothing and it will be appreciated. And by showing appreciation, you encourage people to support your future tweets.
- Do not retweet complimentary tweets!
When you’re hanging out with a friend, would you share the nice things other people have said about you? Like you’re having coffee with a friend and she says “So, how are you?” and you reply with “I’m doing great! My boss likes my haircut, Sarah thinks my outfit from yesterday was on point, my mom thinks I’m the best daughter, four people said my cooking is amazing…” This is what it looks like when you only retweet complimentary tweets. And when your timeline is full of someone else’s retweets of compliments about themselves, it can seem a bit self-congratulatory.
Note that I’m talking about retweeting complimentary tweets: I’m not saying you should never retweet—people share brilliant information and insights all the time and this is worth retweeting because you’re sharing something useful and beneficial with your followers, while also telling the tweeter that they’ve shared something worthy of passing along.
However, there are cases where someone compliment you on Twitter, hoping that you’ll share their compliment with your larger audience and that your followers may become their fan. If you feel that’s the case and you’re ok with that, use your judgment regarding retweeting.
- Favourite complimentary tweets
When someone compliments you, your reply should be appreciation, and what better way to show appreciation than by keeping that tweet somewhere that you can easily access it again, via use of the “Favorite” option? “Favoriting” a tweet is a clear sign to its author that you appreciate it.
(I have no doubt that people retweet to show appreciation—I’m suggesting that retweeting may be a better way!)
- Avoid posting a string of links to various blog posts all at once
If you’re a blogger, posting a string (I’m talking 5 or more in a row) of links to your blog post(s) at one time can be annoying, and more importantly, the odds that a follower, even a faithful one, would click link upon link in a row is SLIM. It’s better to space out these sorts of tweets.
- Let followers know if you’ve got a lot of tweets coming up
If you’re going to be sharing a string of tweets (not links as in 4 above), such as a story or rant, an introductory tweet such as “I’m going to be ranting about dearth of cupcakes in the workplace” is nice. Of course sometimes you post a tweet not realizing you have A LOT more to say on the topic (has this happened to you? It’s happened to me!) so that’s understandable.
- Refrain from sharing graphic (disgusting or grotesque) images
Now that some images show up right in your Twitter timeline without you having to click a link, I personally would appreciate a little sensitivity towards those of us with weak stomachs or who just don’t want to have our head full of awfulness.
So there you have it: my opinion on how you can make Twitter more awesome.
Which points do you disagree with? What Twitter habits drive you nuts?