If you’re new to twitter (or maybe not-so-new to twitter) and you’re trying to expand your social media network — you need to know a few things before you go out and start following loads and loads of twitter tweeple.
To Follow or Not to Follow – that is the question.
When you begin following people, bare in mind that there are a variety of reasons why some folks may or may not follow you. Some twitterers may simply not follow you because they don’t like what you have to say. They may not follow you because they’re too busy to follow back. Good Samaritan twitters start with five twitter tips to get quality twitter tweeple to follow you on twitter:
Twitter Tip #1 – Your Twitter Avatar. What’s the big deal about having a twitter avatar? First and most importantly, it lets people see who you are or for what you represent. If you’ve got the default twitter pic on your twitter site, nine times out of ten, tweeple aren’t going to recognize you as a legitimate human being. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the moment I see someone “following” me with a hum-drum default pic, I’m not going to follow you. This tells me that you don’t care enough about yourself or your twitter site to reflect your personality or the work that you do. Twitter probably has one of the easiest upload mechanisms from all social media networking sites, so take a moment right now and go into your “settings” page; click “Picture,” and upload your favorite snapshot of yourself, you at work, or even your work logo — then click, “save.” Anything that represents you personally or professionally is always better than having the brown twitter default pic.
Twitter Tip #2 – How many tweeple follow you…and how many tweeple are you following? This is an important question to ask yourself. If you’re following 1,500 twitter users, and you’ve only got five people following you — in my mind, you’re a bonafide spammer. Not only will I NOT follow you, I may just block you from following any of my tweets. Nice and slow, folks. If you want people to follow you, don’t rush your twitter site. Quality twitter sites take time to grow and blossom into one worth following.
Twitter Tip #3 – Are you a Chatty-Cathy or a Silent-Sam? Next on the list of twitter tips is to take a look at your updates. If you’re updating every 30 seconds, likelihood is that other tweeple may not follow you. Who wants a stream of constant remarks? And if you’re the other extreme — a Silent-Sam, then what do you really have to say at all? Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you want to provide information, that’s fine; however, don’t become the conversation — engage yourself in the conversation. When you say nothing at all, there is no reason to follow you either.
Twitter Tip #4 – Links, links, and more links. Whether you’re on twitter for personal reasons, professional reasons, or both; it’s important to balance your tweets with noteworthy news, links, and conversation. My personal, biggest turnoff is an individual twitter site with a stream of 40+ links to his or her (personal or professional) Website. Twitter isn’t just about me or you, it’s a social media networking site intended to bring folks together in one mega-community, where we can share and share alike. Don’t be a twitter hog and share only your links. Share others’ news by retweeting (RT) posts with useful information. Talk about your dog, your day, your goals, your hopes, your dreams…and then add a splash of links. *Word to the wise: don’t talk about your boss or your spouse; this may land you in BIG trouble.
Twitter Tip #5 – Google Page Rank. Okay, this may not matter to some tweeple, but for those of us who are trying to gain Google traffic, page rank matters. If you have a twitter site that’s got a little page rank, it might make a difference to other more popular tweeters on twitter. Where can you find your twitter page rank? Download google toolbar. After you’ve downloaded it, look for the little bar between Google Earth and Google Bookmarks. Scroll your mouse across this bar when you’re on your twitter PROFILE page. If it’s lit up with green, then you’ve got some page rank. If it’s blank, you may not have any page rank at all. How do you get good Google page rank for your twitterverse? Follow all the tips above and you’re on the path to Google stardom! 🙂
Psst…one more Twitter tip — HAVE FUN TWEETING!