Using Twitter effectively is more art than science. Newcomers to Twitter will often make common mistakes such as retweeting their own posts, posting their blog links multiple times a day, not retweeting other people’s tweets, etc.A great way to learn is to follow some of the well-respected people on Twitter and observe what they do. Watch how they use Twitter and see how you might do the same. Over time you will find that you are gaining trust in your followers.Below are some things to keep in mind when using Twitter:
- Don’t just RT – tell your followers why you think a link is useful. Chances are you will get your followers to follow your links and spread the word about them.
- Be Generous – give more than you receive. The more you help promote links from others the better you’ll do.
- Be Concise – Try to keep your tweets below 100 characters or so. This will leave room for retweets!
- Be attentive to Mentions – Mentions are like comments and as such it’s only courteous to respond and engage your followers. It could lead to retweets.
- Be Personal – Welcome your followers personally instead of using automated messages. Show that you actually read their profile.
- Use a list – Create an inner circle list. Anytime someone mentions you put them in that list. This enables you to easily segment a group out to engage with and promote their content enabling you to build on the relationship.
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