The Following tips are all things I have implemented into my Twitter practices. I believe that because of these I have been able to create a reputation of being a good Twitter user. Enjoy!
1. Do engage with other Twitter users - It doesn't take much to get noticed with a few comments daily. Many of my current clients came from me making some sort of comment to them and beginning a relationship. Really, how long does it take to type 140 characters?
2. Follow People Who Follow You - Returning the follow favor is great Twitter etiquette. You don't want to be the guy that has 10,000 followers and only follows 183 people, looks suspicious. I use a service called Social Oomph to automatically follow back everyone that follows me. If I find someone to be obnoxious or spammy, I just unfollow them.
3. Do Use #FollowFriday (properly) for Recommendations - Follow Friday is a wonderful tool when used correctly. It was originated so that good Twitter users could get recognition for being just that, good. The most effective way to use this is as follows: Enter 1 username per tweet and tell why people should check them out. For example, here is a recommendation I got this Friday from @jodimaas: #Followfriday Check out Social Media Rockstar @mcort. She Shares Great Content! ....Thanks Jodi!
4. Do Use the 80/20 Rule When Posting a Tweet - This is especially important when you are using Twitter for business. 80% of your tweets should offer something to your followers that isn't self serving for you. For example: share a piece of good content, a quote, a joke, a recommendation etc... If you do follow the 80% rule then you will earn the right to post something self serving 20% of the time. Such as: a link to your blog, a free offer you have etc... I feel this is the most important rule of Twitter, please follow this recommendation
5. Thank People, Manners Go a Long Way - First thing every day I go through my mentions and thank anyone who Re-Tweeted anything I posted or who made mention of me in a positive way. I also make sure that I thank anyone who gave me a Follow Friday recommendation!
6. Be As You Are - Transparency is a huge buzz word in Social Media. I go 100% by the "Be As You Are" Rule. I am always me & I do not try to be anyone else, that's false advertising. I want people to like me for who I really am. My theory on the nay-sayers to transparency is that they have too much to hide. Myself, I am proud of who I am and what I offer..... : )
1. Don't Spam - Besides the obvious reason that people hate spammers, there is also the issue of Twitter giving you the slap. Bottom line - they will kick you off of Twitter for spamming
2. Watch the Foul Language - No one likes to hear a foul mouthed trucker all of the time. Once in a while if there is a headline in an article I am posting with a swear word in it I will post it but, I usually use symbols instead. Plus, who wants to sound like an uneducated hillbilly anyways?
3. Don't Post a Self Serving Link in an Autoresponder - Autoresponders are set up so that as soon as someone follows you, they will get a welcome message. FYI: They are very controversial due to the fact that so many people's AR's have a link to them in it. No Good!! I myself do not have an autoresponder because I hate all of the ones I get. Not only are they mostly spam, I tend to miss direct messages that I wanted to get because they got lost in all of the junk. (I have my account set up with optmeout to not accept AR's)
4. Don't Bash Other Twitter Users (even if they deserve it) - Keep personal issues between you and the user you have a beef with! Use DM's to hash out your issues...others don't want to see this stuff. Two wrongs don't make a right! Be the bigger person!
5. Don't Tweet to a Sales Letter or Squeeze Page - This will be labeled as spam in people’s eyes! If you want to offer them something, wrap it in good content and earn the right to show them your page.
Twitter is a powerful tool for all of us! Let's keep it a great place to be by following some simple guidelines...Thanks in advance for being a good Twitter user.
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