Twitter may seem like a straightforward social platform, but it isn’t always easy to get people to pay attention to you. Lady Gaga may have more than 10 million followers -by now, its probably much more than that, but Lady Gaga is not the average Twitter user. Here are a few ways to dig deeper into Twitter and understand it a bit better as a first-time tweeter.
Twitter has quite a few different capabilities that a lot of people don’t know about. Did you know that you can search by #hashtag? For example, the ‘trending’ hashtags today on Twitter are:
That first hashtag is actually sponsored – meaning a business paid for it to be promoted. Sometimes people will use a certain hashtag for a certain event or place say, for example, #London. And if you feel like drilling down further with your Twitter searching, you can use other search terms (some different from standard search engine operators) including using emoticons! If you wanted to find someone tweeting right now about how they are not a fan of the Yankees, you could search “Hurricane ” and would find people who were declaring at the moment that they were not happy about a hurricane.
Once you actually get followers and are twittering your behind off, there are some things that you still need to keep in mind if you don’t want your following to run away.
Don’t re-tweet all the time
People want to hear what you have to say. You re-tweeting that funny thing that your friend tweeted is not your thoughts. It’s an inside joke, at the most. And it isn’t funny to everyone else. If you re-tweet, at least add your own touch to it, don’t just straight re-tweet. It’s annoying. People will unfollow you.
Twitter is not just about you. You are not the center of the twitter-verse. Don’t rant and rave and ignore everyone else. Respond, interact, ask questions. Be social. Twitter is, after all, a social platform. Don’t be the wallflower or the drunk guy rambling in center stage with everyone laughing at him. Neither extreme will work for you.
If you keep these two things in mind, and do your best to walk the line between being involved and being self centered when it comes to what you say, you should be ok. Remember, people do search by hash tags, so don’t be afraid to use them, or make up your own. But don’t forget that there are #nospacesinhashtags.
Jade Evans is a freelance writer who works frequently with uShip, an online shipping marketplace that helps businesses find anything from couriers to cross country movers.
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