So, you’ve just broken into the twitter scene, and you’re trying to earn a respectable following…now what? If you want to become a respectable twitter “twitizen,” you need gumption, you need clout, you need quality, you need duality…you need a real twitter personality! But how do you earn twitizen respect?
Here are three twitter tips to get you a little R. E. S. P. E. C. T. :
1. Get a clue! That may sound harsh — but peeps, the average twitter follower is NOT going to follow you if you don’t have a photograph or avatar that represents who you are. I’ve had to sadly dismiss quite a few tweeters simply because they didn’t take the time to upload a picture. As a “tweeter,” I want to get to know who I’m following and with whom I’m tweeting. If all I have to look at is the brown twitter default pic, I’m not going to back-follow you. If you’re shy and don’t think you’ve got a good picture to put on your twitter page, then use something that represents your interests…your pet, your favorite beach scene, your profession, etc.
2. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Whether you’re a natural-born leader, a simple follower, or a paper weight, you need to figure out who you are on twitter. It’s easy to analyze how much weight you pull on twitter by doing a quick check on twitterholic.com or twitter.grader.com; but it’s better still if you start seeing the fruits of your labor — meaning that tweeple are responding to your tweets, retweeting your tweets, or starting to ask you for twitter advice — then you know that you’re getting somewhere on twitter. How do you get tweeters to start interacting with you? That leads us to…
3. Don’t be the smelly kid on the twitter playground. You know you’re the smelly kid on twitter when no one takes you seriously, doesn’t want to follow you (or worse, blocks you), or ignores your tweets entirely, etc. What makes you the “smelly kid” on twitter? Hmmm…do you incessantly tweet about how to get 15 million followers? Do every one of your tweets include a link to your website? Do you spew negativity in your posts? Are you always angry? If so, you might be the twitter smelly kid.
Rule of thumb: If we want people to take us seriously, respect us, read our posts, and maybe retweet our posts, take some time to transform your twitter page into one that others might find appealing. After all, twitter is a social media network — that means that it’s there for communication purposes. Keyword: communication. Dialogue is a two-way street. If we want tweeple to like us, we need to treat them the way we would like to be treated.
PS – If you’re having fun on twitter, then you’re probably not the smelly kid. 🙂