Today 10 year old blogger and twitter user - @Gloson from glosonblog.com shares 4 tips that twitter users make. At 10, Gloson has already got a network of over 1800 twitter followers – perhaps he could teach the rest of us a thing or two.
Twitter is a great tool that can benefit you. But there are some mistakes that people make on twitter. To be a better twitter, it is best to avoid these mistakes, which is what I am going to share with you. Here is the list of the constant twitter mistakes.
1. Pride and Putting yourself First
What would you do if you got a direct message from someone you followed, and it says,
“Thanks for the follow! Be sure to check out my site, [site URL here] and see how cool I am!”?
You would probably feel like un-following that person, because of his ego and pride. So, be humble and think about other people first.
Spamming people with your links is putting yourself first. Would you like to follow that kind of person?
Think about what you would like to receive before sending a tweet or direct message on twitter. Pride comes before an un-follow.
2. Not Connecting With People
What do you feel if you talk to someone who doesn’t respond? Unnoticed. Come on, connect with people. One way of doing this is by asking questions. This shows that you want to connect with them. Be sure to appreciate the answers you have been given, or your answerers would feel quite ignored. For more information about this, click here.
Also, do not ask the same question repeatedly. Be patient. If you think he/she has forgotten about your question, send him/her a direct message. If you don’t get answered, let it be, or not it would be like harassing people. Pushing people is one of the reasons people un-follows you and blocks you. So, be patient and do not disturbingly push people. Also, when asking questions, be polite.
Another way of connecting with people is by answering questions. People will appreciate you and would probably answer your questions in the future.
Retweeting is also another way to connect with people on twitter. Retweeting simply means tweeting again what other people have tweeted. When retweeting, you must give credit to the original person who tweeted it. Only retweet information you find relevant or interesting.
The way you should retweet is “RT @(Original tweeter) (Original tweet)”
For more information on retweeting, click here.
3. Auto Responding
Seriously, get rid of those auto responders. Auto responders are impersonal.
Some auto responder services, such as tweetlater, offers to tweet a welcome message to your new followers for you; “Welcome: @follower, @anotherfollower, @another_follower, @Justanotherfollower” until all your followers are ‘welcomed’.
Do you actually feel ‘welcomed’ if you know that the welcome messages are automated? It is impersonal!
If you want to welcome a follower, be genuine and original. Send them a message they know is genuine.
4. Bringing no Value to your Followers
Although you don’t harass or offend our followers, do you think they still want to follow you if you don’t bring any value to them? Do you bring value to your followers? Do you think your followers would like to read your tweets? If you don’t bring any value to your followers, and do not do anything offending, you’re like just between good and bad.
Come on, be a value to your followers, do not just tweet what you are doing.
One way of doing this is to share links you find interesting. Ever came across a wonderful article? Share it! To make it easier to share articles and stuff, visit www.twitthat.com. They will provide you a button which you can drag to your browser. If you are on an article and you click the button, a window will pop up and will let you modify the tweet. Then, you click ‘Twit!’. And when the article is tweeted, the pop up window will automatically close.
You can also share inspiring quotes, answer your friends’ (the people whom you follow) questions, share a picture on twitpic, or even share a joke or two. You can also be funny in your tweets; “Going to sleep. Eyelids weighing 1 pound each! Good night/day everyone.”
To be a good twitter user, you should avoid all those 4 mistakes, think about what you would like to receive before tweeting. You could help your twitter friends to break a barrier. You could also answer their questions, or offer them suggestions or tips.
If you are a great benefit to your followers, your followers would be very happy and would probably return your kindness.