Twitter Tips : Steps to affective micro blogging
Micro blogging is a great resource but you have to use it for it to be truly useful. Many people set up profiles on all the networks, but never use it, then wonder what others see in it since it doesn’t work for them.
Put up a picture — putting a real picture of yourself, creative if you wish, is very important because people trust people more if they can see your face. If your picture is scary, or weird, people will ignore you.
Send useful Tweets — make sure all your tweets are useful, and not always selling something, if ever selling directly. If every tweet you send is an advertisement, people will un-follow you.
Be a re-tweeter — if someone who you are following sends an informative and useful tweet, re-tweet it, and make sure they know you did. This will pay off when you send something useful too.
Send direct messages — send direct messages when you can but do not send canned direct messages with a product, everyone is already on to this practice and it’s not effective. Say thank you in public, ask questions privately.
Read Tweets — automation is okay for many things, but not for reading. Read the tweets yourself and communicate and respond where appropriate. If everything you do is automated it will appear robotic and not natural, and you want to be perceived as real.
Recommend people — it’s always nice to recommend other people to follow. If you’ve been following someone who sends useful tweets recommend them to others. Say why this person is worth following and do it more than once.
Check your DM’s — Don’t forget that you will receive direct messages too, some people use this method as their main communication method, so you don’t want to miss out. You might miss out on a very important connection if you don’t check your DMs.
Avoid this — do not send tweets about when you’re using the toilet, or when your child used the toilet (unless it’s the very first time, then it’s a celebration), and no one cares if you have gas. Really.
Don’t SPAM — Even if you think the information you have is great, to some it might become spam if you send it over and over again, and you never converse with or participate with tweeting interactively.