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The Scoop on Twitter

| February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Entries on Twitter must be less than 140 characters. The social media community refers to this post as to “tweet” or “tweeting,” – NOT twittering.

Due to the fact that, depending on how many followers you have, your tweets have a half-life of approximately seven minutes. It is ill-advised to tweet more frequently than that.

If you are tweeting to get a response, you will probably be disappointed. Just assume most of your followers will never respond to you in any capacity. That’s the nature of most digital communities.

There is no specific formula to be successful on Twitter. It is open to people of all ages, your there, you’re trying, and you should be happy with that.

What’s valuable to you may not mean a darn thing to anyone else, so don’t judge your success on how many followers you have. And…if you think tying to up your count will get you ahead, think again. The Twitter fairies will be on your back and could ban your site for going against their policies. They don’t allow automated following because it requires giving up your password to a third-party. That goes against their privacy rules, and they are strict about enforcing that. If they find you are on auto-pilot they can shut you down as spamming. Beside – it attracts more flies than fulfillment.

Here are 20 additional tips that can help make your Twitter experience more fun, and even profitable:

1. Think before you tweet when you’re feeling emotionally charged. Your words will likely come back and haunt you.

2. Be mindful of the time of day at which you tweet. A tweet at 5am may not receive the same amount of attention as the same tweet at 5pm.

3. Give credit where credit is due (if possible). Everybody loves a hat tip. Example: @HipsForHire and @KatArmstrong helped me with this eBook.

4. Hashtags (created with a “#” character preceding a string) are typically used to “tag” tweets so you can click #words and see more tagged tweets.

5. Verify links before tweeting them. Be sure they’re not broken or misdirected.

6. Think before you tweet when you’re feeling emotionally charged. Your words will likely come back and haunt you.

7. To address someone on Twitter, simply put the “@” character before their username. You can find us @lfsocialmedia there.

8. If you want all your followers to see your public replies, never begin a tweet with the “@” character. This indicates “conversation” mode.

9. Be mindful of the time of day at which you tweet. A tweet at 5am may not receive the same amount of attention as the same tweet at 5pm.

10. Give credit where credit is due (if possible). Everybody loves a hat tip. Example: @HipsForHire and @KatArmstrong helped me with this eBook.

11. Hashtags (created with a “#” character preceding a string) are typically used to “tag” tweets so you can click #words and see more tagged tweets.

12. If you want to tweet a link, be sure to “shorten” it first with a service like http://bit.ly/ (which is seemingly the most popular on Twitter), or tinyurl.com.

13. See a tweet you like (or want to recall it at a moment’s notice)? “Favorite” it! Click the star icon to add that tweet to your Favorites.

14.  Personal attacks are immature and often unwarranted. If you’re going to do this on Twitter, try going the private route.

15. If you really want responses, ask questions. Give your tweet a call-to- action if you expect to see a reaction from it.

16. After authenticating your Facebook account (on Twitter’s “Goodies” page), use #fb in a tweet to send the update to your Facebook profile.

17. There are various conventions for reposting (“retweeting”) a tweet. Either use the official retweet button or include “RT” in the tweet.

18. When you see a “bit.ly” URL, you can add a “+” to the end of it to see click stats from the shortened link. Like: http://lgno.me/bnrXmE+

19.  Check out who has added you to a List. Are these fans following you AND organizing you with similar users? They’re your biggest supporters!

20. Twitter’s a great place to tell the world what you’re thinking before you’ve had a chance to think about it. Edit yourself.

Just Remember: NOTHING is so important that you need to interrupt “real life” to tell your followers what you’re doing. Keep your ego in check. There are people of all ages and maturity levels, you never know how someone will accept what you have said, or take it personally.

Using Twitter is a fun way to spend time, bring in more business, and save money. When someone says they don’t have enough time to tweet, they’re doing it wrong. With Twitter it’s easy to share yourself and your world.

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Chris Pirillo has been leading in the field of social media since he launched his first company, LockerGnome, in 1996. He has hosted television, radio shows and conferences, and is frequently called upon to translate “geek” to amateurs. Currently he helps businesses and entrepreneurs through speaking engagements, consulting and coaching. To learn more about Chris, his scheduled events and products, go to LessonsFromSocialMedia.com/ChrisPirillo/.

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