Twitter is a great place to write short updates and get them out to the world. You can share blog posts, videos, images and links to products within these tiny 140 character “tweets”. However, to get them shared and build up a following, you need to use it right.
It’s all about following others, retweeting others’ posts and being polite when others do the same for you. Here are a few Twitter tips to make the most of the popular microblogging social media website.
Share Others as Well as Yours
I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s not all about you. Don’t fall into the trap of only sharing things that are yours. Look for updates from the people that you follow and retweet their stuff. It shows that you’re focused on networking and not just in it for yourself. If you look at the celebrities who use Twitter well, you will see that even they retweet others’ posts, too.
“Favorite” tweets as well. This comes up for the user to see (brownie point for you!) and allows you to go back to them in the future. It allows others to see what you are into and share at a later date.
Replying to a Retweet
There are times that your posts will get retweeted. It is really important to message people to thank them for their time. If you are both following each other, you can use the direct messaging system but it is best to thank people in public. It shows to other followers and potential followers that you appreciate the support of others.
This is also a great way to start up a conversation and find out more about your follower who has retweeted the update. Ask them what they found interesting and how you could help in the future. It helps you come across as someone who wants to help others, instead of being in it for yourself. You’ll be surprised at the amount that these posts are shared and favorited, which helps your reputation with potential followers.
Anyone can see the full conversation. Everyone following the person who retweeted you will be able to see everything that has been said. They’ll be able to trace the full conversation back to the original update to determine whether you are worth following.
What to Do When Someone Favorites One of Your Tweets
There is a lot of mixed emotions about what you should do when someone favorites your tweet. You could thank them for their generosity but the truth is you don’t know why they are doing this. It could be that they’ve read your tweet, liked it and want to check it again in the future. However, they could also favorite something that looks interesting, so they can read it in more detail later. The latter is common for those who follow a lot of people and don’t have time to read things as they come through on the newsfeed.
Thanking someone for favoriting a tweet can be a waste of time. It is worthwhile looking at the number of people they follow and whether you have had an interaction with them in the past. If they regularly favorite your tweets and retweet them, by all means, thank them for their generosity. Otherwise, it may be worth moving on and smiling that someone thought your tweet was good enough to check out later.
Replying When Someone Mentions You
When someone mentions you, they’re interacting with you. That is well worth a tweet to say thank you. There are many reasons someone will mention you on Twitter. It could be a “Follow Friday” post or because they’re replying to something you said earlier. There are times that it’s unclear but a simple mention is promoting you to their followers.
Time Limit for Responding
Whether you are saying thank you, sharing something from them or just dropping them a message to find out what they liked, there is a time limit for responding to tweets. You should do it within the same day (the next day is okay if you’re busy some days). Social media is all about being social with your followers and networks. It’s much easier now with smartphones and mobile devices that have the Twitter app available.
Leaving it longer than a day will show that you’re simply not interested. There’s no excuse not to reply. Not only are their apps but you can receive notifications to tell you when you have a new mention to make sure you reply.
So, whether it is someone retweeting your message or someone favourites your tweet, there are protocols and things that you can do. Showing that you are thankful for their mentions and want to know more about how you can help them is a great way to build your Twitter following. Take your time to learn the rules and you will go far.