Twitter Etiquette for Beginners: Part 1 – The basics
March 12, 2012 Leave a comment
NOTE: This message is intended for twitter novices and even some who think they are twitter experts. This is NOT intended to help you know how to use Twitter or help be an all-inclusive guide on all things Twitter. Learn what annoys Twitter users, can potentially get you blocked by users, can get you reported as SPAM, or can simply hinder your number of followers. If you think you know everything, maybe you don’t want to read. All others…enjoy.
The First 5 Lessons in Twitter Etiquette
- Tweet. No, seriously. Do you know the amount of people who create Twitter accounts but then don’t tweet. This is not cool. In fact, if you’re looking to increase your number of followers, be sure that you have a significant number of tweets under your account. If you don’t tweet, there’s a chance that the end users won’t follow you.
- Tweet frequently. Not just do you need to tweet, you need to tweet more than every once in a blue moon. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean tweet obnoxiously. By tweeting, you help others know “who you are.” And once you start engaging back and forth, you may even build some valuable relationships.
- Complete your Twitter profile. This is how people know who you or your organization is and what you represent. This is also a way people decide whether or not they want to follow you. No profile is super suspect, especially with the number of Spammers out there.
- Get to know the language. It’s TWEET people. You can tweet something or have a twitter post. I hate when people say that they like to Twitter something. There’s also hashtags (#), at mentions (which looks like “@”),DM which means to direct message which goes directly to your user, and RT
- Build relationships. Social media is a thing of the new. Social networking is how the social sites began. Media is a one way street. Networking implies a give and take. It implies building relationships and getting to know one another. However, organizations make the mistake of being just one way, and this can be simply due to the fact that they’re oblivious to the fact that they don’t know how to interact. To determine how to interact, you have to determine how your audience is using the social networking site. This may take a bit of primary and secondary research, including simple observing to make this determination.