Twitter can a be a strange creature, it can be a powerful tool or it can be like standing in a field shouting at yourself.
But none the less Twitter has become a powerful force among its many members, some embrace it with open arms and use its power to promote themselves and/or their clients.
Others join Twitter for the simple fact that their friend is on it and want to be in with the in-crowd, only to abandon it leaving an empty shell of an account that is sitting in limbo.
Let’s not forget those that abuse their TwitterSphere, you know the ones, those that become members only to SPAM out sales to new followers and leave evil links that take people to places that hack their accounts, these types of users we can do with out.
Being a member if Twitter has been a massive experience on my part, not only has and still is fun to use, but has also been a source of me being able to work with some amazing people and learn a lot from those 140 character tweets that fellow bloggers and tweeters have been posting.
Let me tell you sending out a message isn’t always easy with a mere 140 characters (120 if you remember that people do use the old style retweets).
But learning from Twitter is what this article is all about and though some may think that it’s all a waste of time, simply because they “don’t get it!”, it’s not, it is a powerful part of social media today.
What I’ve Learnt From Twitter
1. Some people only follow for the numbers, it’s true, some only want to show that they are amazing that they have 100,000 followers and they follow them all back, all I can say is they must have one heck of a busy timeline!
2. People “Churn”, one of the most annoying things is when you are followed and you don’t follow back straight away they unfollow you as quick as a flash!
3. Tweeps SPAM you, these types of tweople are slowly being removed by Twitter as it has frequent culls, thankfully, but you always have to keep a strong vigil on the links you get in direct messages, if you’re not sure then DON’T CLICK IT.
4. Communication and conversation can be a wonderful experience. Contrary to belief your tweets are read and if you use hash tags, then more so, when someone joins in a conversation or asks a question, this is when Twitter comes in to its own as a powerful tool for big and small businesses to communicate with customers etc.
5. The Twittersphere is MASSIVE! Yes folks you better believe it, Twitter must be one of the biggest places for people to talking in one place and due to this sometimes you may feel lost in the timelines, but when you are found and retweeted, favoured etc then you will now about it as this all helps towards the distribution of getting your tweets seen.
6. Be yourself. That’s always been my thing on Twitter, I tweet as I would talk to friends, don’t be false, you are who you are and trying to be seen as something you are not can be picked up very quickly on Twitter!
7. Link your blog. If you are a blogger then use the power of Twitter to spread the word about your brew blog post, start the tweet with “New Blog Post:” and end it with “please RT“, it works, I do it myself.
8. Be part of the Twitter community, share others tweets that you find interesting, ReTweet them and add you own thoughts to the RT when you can.
9. Scheduling, many users schedule tweets these days, by all means do it, but always remember that these scheduled tweets may get replies, so always be ready to answer them as quickly and effectively as you can.
10. Bios! A big annoyance to me is Twitter Bios that aren’t filled in, fill everything in, add an avatar, a header picture, a background, write a constructive and interesting bio and add your website link.
So there you have it, just 10 things that I have learnt from Twitter and with some of my experiences. Now it’s over to you, what have you learnt from Twitter over the time that you have used it?