In this post Mark Hayward (follow @mark_hayward) provides some habits of effective Twitter users that beginners can use to help expand their network. If you have other “effective Twitter user traits” for beginners, please feel free to put them in the comments.
Do you think that people who are able to successfully expand their network using Twitter share any habits or common traits?
If you had asked me six or seven months ago, “What is the value of Twitter?” I probably would have responded with something to the effect of, “Itís a great way to let people know when you are making coffee or sitting in traffic.”
However, after quite a few months of participating, networking, and most importantly, learning, I am now a firm believer that when used properly Twitter can be an extremely powerful addition to a comprehensive social media strategy.
For the newbie Twitter user it can be difficult to know where to begin or how to constructively increase the number of followers, and as such, I drafted this post with the beginner in mind. People like you and me who are somewhere between ëjust creating a profileí and a couple hundred followers.
Also, if you are like me, I am assuming that you want to be an active participant and wish to grow your network for collaborative or creative opportunities. Specifically, you would like to use Twitter as an online tool to connect with people all over the world.
With the above in mind, and until someone (Google, Chris Brogan, YOU?) creates an algorithm that will quantify “effective Twitter users,” my analysis is based on watching the Tweeting habits of regular users and not only the elite “Twitterati.”
10 Traits of Highly Effective Twitter Users
So, subjective as it may be, my observations over the past couple of months show that there are some common characteristics amongst those who seem to be effective users of this service and they are as follows:
- Be welcoming & friendly – say hello to your new followers or folks that you would like to get to know.
- Engage people – ask questions and respond to queries that interest you.
- Be humorous – funny Tweets really help to break up the timeline.
- Inform – provide useful information and news items.
- Regular time – tweet at a regular time and in a consistent voice.
- Monitor self-promotion – it is fine to promote your projects and work, but nobody likes to be spammed all day .
- Promote others – “retweet” liberally and highlight good work.
- Link in post – link to other Twitter users that you would like to connect with in blog posts.
- Listen – there’s no need to dominate the conversation all the time, so spend some time just reading what others are saying/Tweeting.
- Be human – not always obvious but most important, being a “real” person is probably the most important trait of any effective Twitter user.
How about you? Have you noticed any traits or habits of effective Twitter users? What are they?