Twitter Tips: How to Gain and Keep Followers

Twitter Tips: How to Gain and Keep Followers
Twitter Tips: How to Gain and Keep Followers
The Golden Rule for Twitter
Twitter, as simply an alternate
communication touchpoint, should
be subject to the same common
sense and social protocols as
other, more familiar forms of
communication. Respect and
Some people find Twitter to be unfamiliar, intimidating, or even unnerving. Although it may seem a bit
confusing from afar, using Twitter is simply about using common sense and applying the same rules of
behavior you would in one-to-one interactions. It’s simply another channel of communication that,
when used effectively, can yield impressive results in both your personal and professional life. This
applies not only to Twitter but also to any other social network, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or
Google+. This brief provides you with tips for using Twitter and other social media. With them, your
company can easily gain and keep followers.
courtesy are appreciated
What to Do
everywhere and will win you a
By following certain social networking protocols, you can grow your audience and keep audience
members’ loyalty. Here are some of these protocols:
wider social networking audience.
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Provide Value. Provide informative, valuable content. Make it genuine.
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Retweet (RT) someone with a nice comment added. Be sure to credit them, and add a nice twoor three-word comment.
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Start a conversation. See someone you want to engage with? Start a conversation! Many people are
on Twitter because they want to have a social relationship. Don’t be repetitive about it, but relevant
conversations may boost your Twitter credentials.
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Be entertaining. Bring some entertainment and humor to your stream, and people will gravitate to
you and share your tweets. Funny is not easy, though. Be careful to use common sense and avoid
offending, or it can backfire on you.
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Tweet useful information. When you come across it, tweet it! Twitter is a great way to get useful
resources into the air. Use the great information and articles you find as content for your brand. You’ll
get credit for the tweets when you share. Remember to credit the authors.
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Be human and real. Show emotion, compassion, interest, excitement, and/or humor, and people
will want to engage with you on social networks.
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Ask a question. You will be shocked at how quickly you will find out the answer and probably make
a new friend or follower.
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Answer a question. This is even better than asking a question. You can quickly get thought leader
status if you consistently help people in your niche.
Twitter Tips: How to Gain and Keep Followers
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Follow Friday. It’s simple to tweet #FF plus a few user names, and it makes people feel special.
When that happens, you usually are in good graces with that tweep. It’s a nice gesture and a good
weekly habit to get into.
What to Try or Test
Some practices can be effective only at certain times or when used sparingly. Test the waters before
jumping in. When in doubt, use common sense.
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Ask for an RT. This is a debatable practice. Don’t ask for an RT as standard procedure—some
people may grow tired and drop you—but it can work on occasion.
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Tweet a deal. If you have something to gain from it, you should be careful how you do it. If you
are sharing someone else’s deal (and have nothing to gain), you’ll fare much better. Make sure there
are no hoops to jump through that will annoy people.
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Use short message service (SMS). Try it only with obvious words in a few parts of a tweet. If
short code enables you to save about 16 characters at the end to give people room to comment
when retweeting, that’s a gr8 use for it.
What to Avoid
Certain habits on Twitter can scare away followers and friends. Look out for these pitfalls.

Use @ spam. Avoid using long lists of attached usernames as spam alerts. Instead, use the Twitter
function to report all spam and also block any users who spam you.
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Tweet blatant ads or promotions. If you are on Twitter simply to sell, you will be sniffed out
and shunned by many people. Twitter can be a great selling aid, but you have to be smart about it.
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Tweet in all caps. It’s ok to ACCENT words here and there, but don’t yell the entire
conversation.
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Spew hate and negativity. There is no faster way to lose your followers and friends than by being
negative.
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Be self-serving. Talking about yourself and promoting your products all the time is a sure way to
shrink your audience.
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Use a hashtag for rogue promotion. If you jump in on someone’s hashtag (#) and start using it
heavily, prepare for negative reactions. Some large brands have taken hits to their reputation by
trying this one.
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Beg. Whether for an RT or a Follow ... it’s unprofessional.
Twitter, as simply an alternative communication channel, should be subject to the same common
sense and social protocols as other, more familiar forms of communication. Respect and courtesy
are appreciated everywhere and will win you a wider social networking audience.
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