Twitter is definitely one of the more popular online social networking services nowadays. It was ingeniously set-up as a micro blogging service that enables users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters known as "tweets".
Have you just joined the Twitter world? Here are 5 tips that we have picked-up as we continue to learn the finer points of this service:
- The most basic rule when tweeting is not to annoy those around you with irritating tweets. The great thing about Twitter is that you can use it in any manner that serves you best. It can be a personal narrative, a marketing tool or a way to keep in touch with friends, or get updates on events and favorite personalities. No matter which way you play it, the adage of thinking before you leap; in this case tweet very much applies.
- Don’t tweet mundane and irrelevant details. Personally, I don’t feel it is right to give a play-by-play account of your life. Nobody really needs to know that you are having a headache, or just drank this or ate this. Try to make your tweets informative and interesting to others.
- Don’t flood feeds. If you really have so much stuff to say then perhaps Twitter is not the right stage for you. You might want to consider creating your own blog instead. Sending dozens of tweets a day will most likely get you unfollowed.
- Correct Attribution. More often than not you will come across interesting Tweets. Share it with your followers by using the Retweet (RT) function or you may choose to paraphrase it but still acknowledge the source with a “via”.
- Establish Meaningful Connections. Follow those that are really of interest to you. This goes full circle to the intention of striving to send informative and interesting tweets as this will help you gain more followers.
These are but 5 basic rules that keep us going in the Twitter game. Would you like to share one of yours too? We can all learn a thing or two from each other. Just leave it in the comment space below. Please share your Twitter account too.
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