How to use Twitter, get more followers on Twitter - and keep them with good Twitter Karma
This page will tell you the best way to use Twitter and get more followers. I love Twitter and most particularly Tweetdeck which makes it much easier to interact. Twitter used to the plaything of a few geeks and students, but now everybody is joining and many claim to know how to "monetarize Twitter". Is this possible? Well, you will need more followers on Twitter to make those sales.
Photo - Captain Cook with seagull on his head - by Persimew
Who uses Twitter
Literally anybody can use Twitter. You can have a lot of fun with Twitter and it can be quite addictive and interesting to see who is following whom. For instance, it made the National news in the UK when Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was found to be following @mymablethorpe, the Twitter ID of a publicist for a small seaside town in Lincolnshire! Network marketting for some, professional chat for others, or simply computer gossiping - whatever your motivation, Twitter is fun!
How does Twitter work?
Twitter is a way of communicating similar to text messaging.
You can communicate with your "Followers" directly or with all Twitter users who may choose to follow you or spread your message.
You can use Twitter from your phone, your Blackberry or your computer and probably lots of other neat techie stuff too!
You have to be concise as only 140 characters are allowed. It is also sensible to be aware of business etiquette on Twitter. This will give you some business etiquette tips for Twitter.
Signing up is free.
"Tweeting" is also free.
What is Retweeting?
"Retweeting" (RT @) is when you spread someone else's message.
"Retweeting" is also free.
At present Twitter makes no money directly.
Twitter has great potential for all business activities.
You can use Twitter to promote and advertise your lenses.
You can use Twitter to advertise your products and websites.
Hashtags can be used to track messages or phrases eg Happy#HumpDay
Twitter can be fun!
How to use Twitter - What Twitter Is Not
Twitter is not a business....
Twitter is not a business, although it would be wise to read up on those business etiquette tips!
It is not a direct way of earning a living.
It is not truly a social network.
It is not a scam.
It is not difficult to use.
Watch out for those who would make you pay for information that is freely available.
How to use Twitter - The Lowdown On Social Networking Etiquette - Learn Effective Social Networking
Whether for profit of for fun, social networking is the new driving force in business and the professions. Everyone is chasing more followers on twitter and facebook. An understanding of how it works is useful in today's society.
How to use Twitter - I will follow you if....
Reasons I Follow On Twitter
You are basically interesting!
You are not anonymous but have filled in some information on your profile!
You do not send me exactly the same message 15 times in a row!
You are polite to people.
You make a contribution to the Twitterverse.
You do not send me dating site links.
You do not send me porn or gambling site links.
I see you send out retweets of cool stuff.
I know about you from mentions.
You follow me.
Buy a Blackberry - How to use Twitter - send from your Blackberry
I have a Blackberry 9000 - these are a bit more up to date!
How to use Twitter - Etiquette in Twitter Social Network
Twitter, like any other community, has a few rules. Most of those rules are unwritten of course!
Sorry, that's life - but a community that grows organically develops rules along the way as they become necessary. Some of these rules are vital and you will read them in the Terms of Service when you sign up. Others are less obvious, but here are a few tips:
It is worth just "listening in" for a while to see what really goes on.
Don't spend all day on Twitter, get a life!
Don't tweet all the time about that life - it is a fully public network and anything you tweet is theoretically available to scammers, spammers, work colleagues, friends.... For example, many people get accounts hacked because they use child or pet names as passwords - then broadcast news about little Johnny or naughty Fido on social networks!
Tweet sparingly and effectively. Some people recommend no more than 10 a day!
Tweet generously - those who retweet are more likely to get retweeted!
Don't retweet a URL you haven't first checked! Even the nicest seeming profile is capable of sending a hard porn site out as something else!
Keep tweets short. If you use 140 characters you can't be retweeted!
Thank people who retweet you and return the favour!
Above all, keep an open mind to learn new things - there are some wise old Giant Squids swimming out there among the sharks!
How to use Twitter - Don't Go Follow Crazy
Followers don't always follow back....
Yes, you do need followers on Twitter and there are several ways to get them:
Use Twitter in an interesting way, contribute positively to the community, be nice, retweet cool things, follow people who say cool things. Build your following by being sociable, honest and likeable.
Buy into someone else's scheme to get thousands of followers quickly with little effort.
Paste a lot of trending hashtags with a link and hope for the best!
The advantage of Method 1 is that most of your followers are going to share your interests, which is neat if you want to sell them a product or an idea. The disadvantage? It takes a LOT of time and effort (a bit like becoming a Squid Giant)
The advantage of Method 2 is that your stats go up very quickly and because of that people might follow you more. The disadvantage is you are being followed indiscriminately by a lot of people you don't know - except for one thing - they ALL want to make money from Twitter without trying. Simple maths should show you how good an idea that is! Another disadvantage is that you will probably have to pay for it!
Method 3 is even less worthwhile than Method 2, the reasons for this are as follows:
Firstly, the searches on the Top Ten hashtags flip so fast you can't even keep track of your own tweets.
Secondly, most of the people using that method do not have G-rated links!
Thirdly, anybody looking for people to follow who sees a tweet like that is likely to think you are a spammer or worse.
Friends, Romans, Tweeple....
Lend Me Your Ears....
And a final word on the subject of followers.... There are an awful lot of Tweeps out there who don't listen, don't click on links and don't retweet. They are not followers, they are shouters. They remain intent on shouting above the noise, recycling wise sayings and affiliate scheme links. The chances are they are not really interested in listening to anyone new.
There are those who follow for follow - then unfollow you to make sure they don't have to read your tweets. That is just plain rude! It is usually young people who do this (but not always) I keep TABS on "shouters" and "unfollowers" with the free app, who. unfollowed.me
Your mission? To boldly go where no man has gone before and identify your "listeners" - much like here, you have to find your niche and be interesting as well as interested. Try to use a sense of fun or mystery so people might just follow your links and don't expect to crack it overnight.
- Who Unfollowed Me on Twitter
Track Twitter Unfollowers with Who Unfollowed Me
And Who Is Watching You? - How to use Twitter wisely!
Remember Twitter, like Facebook, is public. How you use Twitter might influence your career and relationships. What you say is out there for friends, relatives and employers to see! Sometimes newspapers uncover surprises and feel they need to share them.
Fortunately this surprise was a nice one for @myMablethorpe
- Kevin Rudd solves the Mablethorpe Twitter mystery - Times Online
The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is known for his love of foreign travel.
I do hope this lens page been useful to anyone thinking of starting a Twitter account for working on line, which is why I started mine. If you think I deserve a tweet, please do and please leave a message and let me know what you think!
Is this useful?
siobhanryan on August 01, 2012:
This was a great article about twitter
anonymous on August 19, 2011:
Thanks for the tweet information. Certainly tweet-worthy!
HannahnMe LM on April 30, 2011:
I am So Glad that I found your Lens! I've been trying to learn about Twitter - I know I'm a little slow on the uptake with this. Anyway better late than never. Thanks to your lens, I'll know all I need to know about Twitter. Great Lens.Thanks again!
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on April 30, 2011:
I do use twitter, but very sporadically.... It's such an unehjoyable chore for me, even with hootsuite, which makes it a little better. But this is really good information.
spritequeen lm on March 24, 2011:
Thanks for the info! Great lens!
kohuether lm on June 05, 2010:
Very fun lens and very helpful. Twitter can be quite fun and it doesn't take a long time each day to make it meaningful.
kohuether lm on June 05, 2010:
@paperfacets: I know! I didn't expect that to happen actually, but I find myself looking forward to seeing more of them. :)
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on June 04, 2010:
That list of boring lenses on SquidU has turned out pretty interesting.
Lloyd Pinto from Mumbai on November 10, 2009:
Wonderful Lens Lisa. Need I mention that i stumbled upon your lens via twitter...lol!
kimmanleyort on August 17, 2009:
I like Twitter Search to follow certain topics but haven't got into tweeting much myself. Thanks for the good overview!
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2009:
Very well done and will give the novice a good understanding of what to expect. I'm on twitter, but haven't used it much because of lack of time and other priorities. Great job with this lens!
Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on August 17, 2009:
Thank Liz. That was the plan - it is easy once you start, just a little scary for newbies. :) [in reply to LizMac60]
Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on August 17, 2009:
O hadn't heard about that one - but bearing it in mind always when I update status of Facebook! Thanks :) [in reply to MeltedRachel]
Rachel Field on August 17, 2009:
You've reminded me of thing I should do, namely: Don't spend all day on Twitter, get a life!
I forgot about that one :D
Did you hear about the guy who tweeted about being on holiday and when he came back he'd been robbed?
Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on August 16, 2009:
Yes I find Twitter quite useful. Good lens, will help people get started