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  • 45 Twitter Tips: Part 2

    Posted on March 22nd, 2012 jean 9 comments

    Yesterday I posted part 1 of this post: 18 tips all Twitter users can use which also included some print resources. Today’s tips (the last 28 of 46 Twitter Tips–Darke Conteur reminded me of one in yesterday’s comments) are ones even those most experienced Twitter user may find helpful.

    There is a large learning curve on Twitter, so don’t fret if you’ve made a few errors or disagree with some of my tips–talk to me!

    27 28 of 45 46 Twitter Tips for Twitter Users:


    1. Always credit a RT (retweet). If there are a long list of retweeters and you have to cull some out, try to leave the original tweeter and the most recent tweeter in the tweet. (One of the reasons it is important to have a short handle as per tip #1.)
    2. Save room in your best tweets for RT info. Make it easy for others to RT you.
    3. Thank an RTer. If someone retweets you, try and say thanks.
    4. Thank a follower. Some folks like to do this. I’m on the fence. It takes a lot of time, and I’m not sure it is worth it. Some are able to make great connections this way. However… do you send them a direct message to say thanks and risk it looking like an autoDM or do you clutter up your tweet stream with @messages to people thanking them for following?
    5. Don’t RT compliments. Let others do your best and most meaningful self-promotion. Retweeting compliments about yourself can look a bit self-congratulatory and braggy. Would you go up to an acquaintance and say, “Betsy thinks I’ve written a great book.” Probably not. But would you let that acquaintance overhear on conversation with Betsy where she is complimenting you? You betcha!

      For example: @Betsy tweets: @You. I just gave your book XYZ 5 stars!

      Reply: @Betsy Thanks for the 5 stars. I’m glad you enjoyed XYZ! You made my day. (Everyone likes to make someone’s day!)

      Or add: Are you on my email list? I’ll pop you a note when book 2 comes out if you’re interested. Link. (That link is for them to follow to your list.) As Chris Brogan says, “Don’t always be selling, but always have something to sell.”

      Note: If people are intrigued they will check out the whole conversation. It says more to them if someone else says something good about you than if you do.


    6. Promote your blog. Seriously. New post? Tweet it. Once. Maybe twice. And make sure it is spread out by other tweets. Check your blog stats to see how many clicks come from Twitter. Tweak it if you need to. And make the blog tweet sound interesting.
    7. Promotional tweets should be rare. Remember–networking. Some say 25% or less of your tweets should be about you. That includes everything from coupons to blog posts to book selling. Twitter is notall about you.Oops! Did I Just Tweet That?BRANDING:
    8. TMI. Too much information. I have unfollowed literary agents because they tweeted incessantly about what they are eating, what their children are doing, what they are wearing, what they are doing that instant. Remember why you are on Twitter.
    9. Always remember your brand. If something does not match your brand–don’t tweet it.
    10. Do be human. Some personal info makes you real and interesting. Find the balance.
    11. When tweeting as a group, save room to put your name at the end of the tweet–people like knowing there is a real person behind the tweets. Also, if they are having a conversation with one person they might get confused if suddenly someone else is tweeting or the tone changes.
    12. The internet is forever. Even tweets. They get favourited and RTed. Be careful what you say. Think Twice, Tweet Once.
    13. You can delete tweets. But note that once it has been RTed, it is in someone else’s stream and will live on.FOLLOWERS:
    14. Mine followers. Find a leader (for example @agentquery) in your field and see who they are following. See who is following them. Follow those folks. This is your audience too. Your market.
    15. Share your followers/Tweepeople with others. The hashtags #WW (Writer Wednesday) and #FF (Follower Friday) are two popular ones. The idea is that you use this hashtag and list folks using their handle (@jeanoram for example) to share people you think others may be interested in following. Unfortunately it is often a big list that gets ignored–except by those listed. If you want to use these hashtags effectively, consider mentioning why people should follow. For example: #WW These great folks just released books I think are 5 stars: @bigwriter @bestseller @wonderbook. (Thanks, @Darke_Conteur–I forgot about #WW and #FF!)
    16. Join chats. This is a great way to learn more about your industry, network, gain followers, and find folks to follow. Even if all you do is thank the moderator at the end of the chat. (Make sure you use the chat’s hashtag–they all have their own.)
    17. Don’t auto follow. It’s lame and you end up with a stream of spammers and folks you might not really care about clogging up your twitter stream.
    18. Report Spam. Make Twitter better for all of us. It’s easier now than it was a year ago. Just a click.
    19. Don’t worry about the unfollowers. It happens. Do not contact them.
    20. 5-7 tweets per day equals more followers.KEEPING TRACK:
    21. Use a program to help you keep track of things (like @mentions, DMs, RTs, lists, etc.) if the Twitter website is allowing things to speed by you too quickly. HootSuite and TweetDeck are two popular ones.
    22. Use lists to keep track of those you are most interested in or don’t want to miss. For example, in HootSuite I have a stream/list of my AgentQueryConnect buddies so they have their own stream so I don’t lose them in the couple hundred others I am following. You can also make lists on the Twitter website–I just like things all laid out.
    23. Listen. Create a search stream (again in HootSuite or TweetDeck) using a hashtag or keyword you often use or applies to your area. For example #amwriting is one I’ve made for @jeanoram. “Parenting” is one I’ve made for @KidsPlay. Watch that stream. See what others are tweeting. Reply. Answer questions–be helpful! Connect. Follow. Retweet. It’s a great way to stay on top of things. Note: You can also create and save searches on the Twitter website.LAST TIPS:
    24. Help others. Answer questions. People like that.
    25. Tweet multimedia. Pictures. People like pictures. Videos too.
    26. Check out While this analyzing site isn’t perfect, it does keep stats such as the number of retweets you’ve had in the past 90 days, how big your network is, etc. It’s handy for checking to see how you are doing and what your trends have been–what works, what doesn’t!
    27. If you want more, check out the plethora of Twitter related sites like, Bubble Tweet, TwitterCounter, TweepSearch, Friend or Follow.
    28. Be professional. Be human. Be real. Have fun.

    So what do you think? Have I missed any good tips? Do you disagree with some of the tips I’ve listed?

    I tweet writing related stuff at @jeanoram–follow me! I won’t auto-DM you! 😉 I also tweet parenting related stuff at @KidsPlay–follow me!



    9 responses to “45 Twitter Tips: Part 2” RSS icon

    • I thought of one more!

      #47 TwitterKeys: These are free, fun icons you can use in your tweets (as well as other places). I ? TwitterKeys.

    • I don’t know how to do twitter keys – I’ll have to look into that one.

      I like Tweetdeck for organizing it all – and using the lists is such a great way to keep all our ‘tweeps’ organized – love it!

    • Yes, I’m glad you convinced me to make lists–they are wonderful, Jemi! Such a timesaver.

      TwitterKeys are the simplest thing ever. I can’t believe how quickly I found them and started using them. You don’t have to do a big sign up process or anything. Very much in love with them. Only problem–want to use them everywhere!!!

    • I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to Twitter and you just proved it to me! Like links, for instance. Maybe I’ll try to tweet my post today about Variations On A Theme.

    • Links aren’t too bad. Twitter on the web automatically shrinks URLs to make them shorter as do other programs. While I don’t get a ton of ‘referrals’ from Twitter, I have been getting maybe 5% of my hits straight from there when I remember to post. I think I may actually get more from Facebook (also something new I’m trying). Or at least from this post last I checked.

    • Jean, Thank you for this! I’m still trying to figure out Twitter and this helped a lot. I bookmarked it for future reference. 🙂

    • I’m glad it helped, Ellen! Did you bookmark part 1 too? (You can also find more on social media under the “quick and dirty social media tips” category if you are looking for more posts like this one.)

      See you on Twitter!

    • I just bookmarked this one because I figured I can follow the link back to part 1 😉 Thanks Jean! See you on Twitter (and AQ once in a blue moon). LOL I’m not great at keeping up with everything yet.

    • Good point on following the link.

      Keeping up with all this social media stuff takes time–don’t let it get in the way of your writing (I know I do–darn. And I know better too!). If we don’t see you online we’ll assume you’re writing a great sequel to The Plum Tree. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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