Thursday, May 20, 2010

Top 10 Tips for Using Twitter

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Here is a nice guest post by my good friend Merle. I've learned to trust Merle's instincts when it comes to Internet marketing. This is more solid stuff. Read on....

"Top 10 Tips for Using Twitter"

By Merle

When it comes to social media, no one "gets it" as well
as Twitter. According to Econsultancy, as of Jan 2010,
Twitter has 75 million user accounts, with about 15
million of that total being active users. See . That's a lot of people
sending a lot of Tweets. This micro-blogging service
makes it easy for small businesses and entrepreneurs
to stay in touch with those who choose to follow them,
and stay updated on new products, services, special
offers, industry news and more. It's a win-win for
both the Tweeter, and their followers.

When it comes to using Twitter, there's a right way and
a wrong way to use it. Your messages must be kept short,
under 140 characters, and they need to be helpful or
informative. Don't carry on about what you ate for
breakfast, or the fact that you just brushed your teeth.
People will unfollow you faster than they can hit
the button, even if you do have good oral habits.

I've been using Twitter for a long time now and here's
what I've found works best when participating in this
close knit community of few words.

1) Regular Postings: Now I'm not saying you need to post
every day, although that would be nice. You do need to
make an appearance on a regular basis. It's like school -
you need to show up to pass. Be a contributor that your
followers get to really know and look forward to your
Tweets. If you're the type of person who needs to plan
ahead, you can always use a service that allows you to
schedule tweets in advance, such as

2) Retweet: If you see Tweets posted by other users that
you think your followers would like, then retweet them. It
only takes one click, and you'll also be creating goodwill
with other Twitter users at the same time. If you'd like,
you can add a personal thought or comment before sending
it. Also, make it easy for others to retweet your posts
by adding RT buttons to your website or blog. It's easy

3) Be Helpful: Keep in mind Twitter is a form of social
Media, so social interaction is key. It's not all about
you. Whenever an opportunity arises to answer a question,
participate in a survey, or help solve a problem, do so.
In this way you're participating in the community. This
also will help your brand and image when others know
they can count on you for support or feedback.

4) Don't Be A Follow CopyCat: Don't follow everyone who follows
you. This is probably my biggest pet peeve when it
comes to Twitter. So many people turn this feature on
to auto follow those who follow them. Why would you
want to do this? I'd prefer that those I follow are
people and topics I've hand-selected that interest me,
and not a mish-mash of followers who may be ranting
about things I have no interest in. Be selective in
who you follow or your Twitter stream could quickly
fill up with junk or spam. For quality people to
follow, see-

5) What to Tweet: Make sure that the tweets you post
are helpful and/or informative. Late breaking news
pertaining to your industry, as well as any specials or sales
you may have going on are always good topics. If you
find something you think your followers would like,
especially if it's free or a bargain, share the love.
Plus, if your tweets are good, it will encourage others
to retweet them. For ideas see-

6) Comment: Particpate in the community by commenting
on other people's tweets. If you can answer a question,
do so. It never hurts and people really will appreciate
it when you take the time to comment on what they have
to say. It lets them know that others are actually
listening to what they have to say in the "Twitterverse".

7) Say Thank You: When someone takes the time to retweet
one of your tweets, make sure to reply to them with a
"thank you". Manners rule online as well as off, and
they'll like the fact that you noticed the retweet
and took the time to show some gratitude. It may even
inspire them to retweet more of your tweets in the

8) Be Personal: Again, I don't need to know what you
ate for dinner, but every now and then you should show
your human side with a creative thought, quote, or
other statement. Let people know you're "real" and
not just a lean mean business machine. You want to
tread lightly in this area. Too personal is overkill,
but a little can help in establishing a connection with
your followers.

9) Post Pictures/Video: Remember, Twitter is not just
for text. It's easy to post short videos, and pictures
too. It's nice to mix it up a little and share content
in other formats as well. Here are some resources

10) Talk About More Than Yourself: It's not all about
you, so please don't make all your tweets one big marketing
message, such as only tweeting about your latest press
release, blog posting, or article that was published. No one
will want to follow you if you're one big commercial. Yes,
some of this is fine in moderation, but you need to walk
a fine line and mix it up with other helpful, interesting

Now it's time to start putting these tips into action.
Social media is all about participating and listening
to what others have to say. It's all about creating and
sharing information and becoming part of the community.
If you approach Twitter in this fashion, you'll not
only have a lot more fun, but your followers will like
and respect you -and if that doesn't strengthen your
brand, nothing will.

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