7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter

‘How do I get followers on Twitter?’ – it’s a question it seems everyone is asking. In this post Jo-Lynne (follow her at @dcrmom) shares some tips on being the kind of Twitter users people want to follow.

Hi. I’m Jo-Lynne and I’m a Twitteraholic. Yes, I’m unashamedly and unapologetically addicted to Twitter. I use Twitter to build relationships, to keep connected to the outside world, to distract me from the housework, and to find articles and information that I wouldn’t discover otherwise. I choose carefully whom I follow on Twitter. As with any other social network, there are ways to grow your community. In Twitter-speak, this means to gain followers. I’ve put together this list based on the characteristics of the people I most enjoy following on Twitter.

1) Be Interesting

It’s fine to announce what you’re doing and thinking and what you had for lunch, as long as you do it in a way that is entertaining to your followers. Twitter is micro-blogging, and like on your blog, if all you do is give a play-by-play of your mundane daily happenings, you will lose followers. The people I enjoy following find a way to make me smile with their quips and one-liners, even if they are just informing me what they had for breakfast. Here are a couple of examples from the past few days.

@subdiva could have said, “Packing to go to Disney tonight!” but instead she wrote: “Packing up to ring in the New Year on the happiest place on earth. No, not the wine store…”

@rocksinmydryer could have said, “I hate dieting” but instead she wrote: “May I just say, for the record, that PORTION CONTROL STINKS? Thank you, that is all.”

Of course not everything you post has to be clever, but if you’re just sharing your thoughts and happenings, try to make it worth reading.

2) Be Informative

Not every tweet should answer the question, “What are you doing right now?” If you are going to participate in the Twitter community, you need to give something back. I love it when people post links to helpful articles or leave bits of advice and information. Post whatever comes naturally to you. @skinnyjeans reminds her followers every day to get up and drink a glass of water and gives us a much-needed pep talk in the middle of the afternoon. I love this! @problogger always links to the articles he is reading, and I have found lots of new bloggers to follow this way. Not all helpful information has to be your own. If you see a good tweet, do a “retweet” so your followers can get the benefit of the information that is being shared.

3) Be Interactive

Don’t be a “hit and run” tweeter! In other words, don’t just log into Twitter to tell people what you are doing or link to your post and then leave. Respond to tweets, ask questions, answer questions. Twitter is a conversation, not a monologue, and the more you participate, the more you will get out of it, and the faster your community will grow.

4) Be Promotional

Yes, it’s okay to promote your own work, as long as it’s not all self-promotion, all the time. I love it when people link to their recent posts on Twitter. I almost always follow the links, especially when it’s done in a thoughtful way. I can’t always log in to my feed reader and catch up on my favorite bloggers, but for some reason, if they post a link in Twitter, I usually take the time to follow it, especially when they introduce the link in a thoughtful and interesting way. Which brings me to my next point.

5) Be Personal

For a while I used a plugin that automatically tweets a link to every new post I write, but I have turned off that feature and opted, instead, to write a more thoughtful introduction to the link I’m sharing. Maybe ask a question, or make a comment or introduce the link in a way that pertains to the subject of the post. No one likes to feel that they are getting spammed. And they are more likely to read it if you make it sound like it will be interesting or helpful. Don’t, however, be tempted to use the old bait and switch tactic to get readers to follow your link. They will wise up and you will find yourself unfollowed.

And while we’re at it, TURN THE ROBOTS OFF. It’s impersonal and insulting. I unfollow and block people who use automated responses. Period. The end.

6) Be Considerate

This is definitely a case of “do as I say, not as I do” because I KNOW I am so totally guilty of this. And yet, it bears mentioning because it really does get annoying, at least when other people do it. Sometimes we get into so many conversations or we have so much we want to share that we find ourselves clogging the Twittersphere with a long series of tweets. This is annoying. I won’t promise never to do it again, but it’s something to keep in mind. If you find yourself going back and forth in conversation with one person, it’s time to take the conversation to Direct Messages. Or email. Or text. Or, gasp, the phone. Believe it or not, some people DO still use the telephone.

7) Find a balance.

Finally, balance all of the above. If all you do is promote yourself, people will tire of you. NO ONE is that important. If all you do is update your daily happenings but never respond to others or give anything back, people will tire of you. NO ONE is that interesting. Balance is key.

Comments

  • January 19, 2009

    I can’t agree more on how robots are so impersonal, insulting and annoying. Not saying anything would have been better than using robots to say it. Thanks for this post!

  • January 19, 2009

    All twitter addicts look for new followers who are interesting to follow and who are entertaining and informative. You are right about all the aspects mentioned and the fact that unless you make others comfortable and enjoyable, your followers will run away from you. Thank you for sharing.

  • January 19, 2009

    Fabulous. If you think about it, these are seven great tips for being followed in life, not just on Twitter….

  • January 19, 2009

    Good tips, but I think that #7 is the most important. Finding the right mix that works for you is the key to getting the most out of Twitter.

  • January 19, 2009

    Very nice! Thank you so much. Already shared it to Face Book.

  • January 19, 2009

    Nice list Darren!
    I think you’ve got just about everything that should be in this list.
    I would like to add just one more, which relates to everything you wrote: Watch how many times you use the letter, “I” in your tweets.
    Write about others more than yourself.
    I’ve got an unwritten rule for myself that I Tweet 9 times about someone or something else (a link I am reading, etc.) for every one Tweet about myself.
    Mind you, this is a goal which I don’t always live up to, but I try. ;-)
    Thanks,
    Josh

  • January 19, 2009

    very useful stuff. thanks.

  • January 19, 2009

    hey thanks for the info…

  • January 19, 2009

    I think the key is to be yourself… “Do You… It’s a statement, not a question!”

  • January 19, 2009

    I think number 5 should include being “real”. I like to see people Tweet that they are having a bad day, that their young one just said their first word; it lets you know they are a real person and not someone out to just sell you something.

  • January 19, 2009
    juliemarg
    @Juliemarg

    Don’t be a Phoney Follower
    Send ms a MSG stating you look forward to my tweets – then warehouse me in the back alley of your tweetdeck – I’m going to figure it out
    I had serious surgery this weekend if I got loads of tweets from you but no good wishes I know you’re not really interested in me
    Just saying

    I had serious surgery over the weekend – if I’m getting bunches of messages from you but no best wishes for me – I’ll know you’re a phoney follower

    Just sayin’

  • January 19, 2009

    Darren,

    Good list although I’m not sure I agree with all of #5. Depends on what you mean by automatic responses. I like when I follow someone and get a welcome message, even though it’s most likely an auto response. I’m having a phone convo with someone this week that I probably would have been too shy about contacting directly, but her autofollow response was so inviting I figured why not. I’ve also gotten ones with a link to someone’s blog, and other interesting tidbits that just give me a better sense of who they are.

    But if someone’s sending automatic responses to regular tweets, I agree–that would definitely be a turn-off.

    Tracy

  • January 19, 2009

    Nice article – should be very helpful for the newbies as well as many of the oldbies too. I’ll add the tip that if you want to get followed, have more than 1 or 2 posts before you follow 10,000 others. Link with your own known circle of contacts on Twitter until you get enough traction with your posts to have a history that others can review before they choose to follow you back.

  • January 19, 2009

    Jo-Lynne,

    Good list although I’m not sure I agree with all of #5. Depends on what you mean by automatic responses. I like when I follow someone and get a welcome message, even though it’s most likely an auto response. I’m having a phone convo with someone this week that I probably would have been too shy about contacting directly, but her autofollow response was so inviting I figured why not. I’ve also gotten ones with a link to someone’s blog, and other interesting tidbits that just give me a better sense of who they are.

    But if someone’s sending automatic responses to regular tweets, I agree–that would definitely be a turn-off.

    Tracy

    (edited when I had addressed the wrong person!)

  • January 19, 2009

    Excellent! Now I have to check to make sure I’m following you! :-)

  • January 19, 2009

    Be personal! Glad to hear you turned the automatic tweet plugin off. I don’t necassarily unfollow anyone who sends me an automated message but mentally i just plain out ignore them from then on.

  • January 19, 2009

    Awesome list Darren. Particularly #4 and #7. I get much more out of someone like @chrisbrogan than someone who can only seem to Tweet about “personal branding”. I’m getting full of the one-trick ponies. People often describe Twitter as an ongoing cocktail party . . nobody would repeat the same thing over and over again at a party. So don’t be that guy on Twitter. Be yourself.

  • January 19, 2009

    Phenomenal article… These tips are what Twitter is all about :)

  • January 19, 2009

    Great post and insight. I treat twitter much the same way I would interact at a casual gathering (in person). I think that you need to be really authentic in wanting to get to know people. It’s a great way to find people with common interests and those who think differently than you (after all, that’s what makes the world go round!).

    I would add that completing your bio is extremely important. Give me some info about you and some sort of picture (it doesn’t have to be your pic if you hate haven’t your face out there), but a picture that represents you or what you’re about goes a long way to getting people to follow and interact with you:-)

    Danielle Miller
    The Toolbox Teacher

  • January 19, 2009
    Will McJunkin
    @willmcjunkin

    Excellent and very well thought out points.

    I do have to quibble with you about that last point though: “NO ONE is that interesting”. I beg to differ. There are a few who are actually THAT important, in other words who don’t quite have to follow the same rules we mortals do. Such as, the guy who’s about to be sworn in tomorrow and who happens to be our biggest Twitter celebrity of all. And it’s not just him. I think there is a certain elite group of folks where the Twitter rules and protocol really are a little different (those with 25,000+ followers, etc.), but of course those are almost always going to be people who are doing 99% of your suggestions above naturally.

    Anyway, thanks for the thoughts. Well done.

  • January 19, 2009

    I would like to add:
    - @reply to others
    - don’t miss @replies or DM sent to you
    - have interesting CONVERSATIONS

  • January 19, 2009

    So true, however for me, I find twitter really takes a lot of my time, so I log in once in day and sit there a little to share my links, share others, comunicate, but yes – the main thing is to get balance, some kind of harmony in everything You do, not only twitter.

    Thanks for the post! :)

  • January 19, 2009

    Thanks Jeremiah! I wholeheartedly agree with the being real sentiment.

  • January 19, 2009

    I am new to the twitter … thanks for these newbie guides as I learn

  • January 19, 2009

    Being relatively new to Twitter, it’s fascinating to see how involved one can get with it. This list is pretty helpful in establishing a standard “Twitter-quette” for those of us just starting out.

    I think the best advice is, as Scott said above, “Be yourself.” It shouldn’t be about getting lots of people to follow you so much as it is connecting to the kind of people you might have something in common with.

    Either way, thanks for the list!

  • January 19, 2009

    The fact you kept it to seven tips is awesome. I hope some folks are able to pick up just one of these.

    If you can’t remember all seven — I’d keep it to just ONE rule: Be interesting… Because the other six rules are for if you’re not interesting (e.g. Me…)…

    A couple of gems (lets all share some):
    - @TinaFey — Wish she’d post more often.
    - @GuyKawasaki — [He follows all the rules + extra credit for being interesting]

    Anyone else? How about some comments or @CarlBrown

  • January 19, 2009

    I agree with concept of frequently tweeting useful links. Not always your own but I find contributing valuable information to your community is a good way to become known as a thought leader in your space.

  • January 19, 2009

    I actually CANT agree any more. All robots are not created equal. You just have not come across a good enough one. I personally use it to let people know that i’ve autofollowed them & we now have mutual DM capabilities in order to create a fuller relationship. 99% of the time no one questions if it’s an autoDM. My statement to the shilly autoDMers: UR DOIN IT RONG. When I meet someone I introduce myself. 9 times out of 10 it’s the SAME STANDARD greeting- hello, how are you, what is your name, tell me more etc. Well, I ALREADY know their name by them following me/responding to my autoDM so that’s out. I could ask how they are but i like to open that up in the pursuant conversation. I just set the table and invite them for dinner. By engaging them in this manner I have created a larger more personal conversation.

    And the ONLY THING that matters is that it works for me and the people that follow me.

    All you need to ask yourself is that question for YOURSELF: is it working or is it not working? and if not how can i make it work? That goes for EVERYTHING in life. I have just found a way to make the dreaded autoDM work for me.

  • January 19, 2009

    For sharing links: Social Bookmarking tools, like Delicious are better tools than Twitter. Twitter allows too short messages and so you can not expect to add url, title and description of the link. Twitter is not appropriate for all type of messages. People are starting to use more twitter than their blogs.

  • January 19, 2009

    It is hard to disagree with you on any of the 7 tips. They are all wise and helpful. I guess all of them sum up just one thing, be friendly. We all have our particular ambition hidden there somewhere. It can be the most silly thing in the world. Come to my blog, see my stuff, traffic, bigger network, social recognition, money, pr, vanity…whatever. But why do we have to slap people’s faces with our work instead of making friends with that person and getting to know what they have to say or show first. Otherwise the whole relationship is a fraud. As long as we think that way we are going to get less followers. Nobody is forced here to accept people’s stuff. I mean this is not the traditional blog. You don’t have to read it all. It takes just 140 characters to make up your mind: do I have to follow this person? do I like what she/he says? So I guess that we should be less hypocritical sometimes and look for valuable people, people you like, friendly with you. A relationship working both ways. True friendship. Of course that’s difficult with this sort of telegrams imposed on microblogging but you soon find out who gives you the good vibrations and who doesn’t. Thanks for explaining in detail what should be the “twitter-quette” as @dauntlessmedia says above. I also agree with @agoutloud that some linking adds value to the conversation and we should not forget keywords. If all your comments are witty but nobody know what you are talking about it is difficult that someone performing a twitter search finds about this interesting person somewhere in the world tweeting about “diet” just to cite the example you gave above. Thanks again for your great post @dcrmom

  • January 19, 2009

    This is an excellent post with many very good points to adhere to on twitter. I enjoy the interactions of those who are genuine and especially those who have thousands of followers yet engage in @replies and conversations w/others.

  • January 19, 2009

    I love the comment about being a “hit and run” tweeter! Great post, thanks!

  • January 19, 2009

    @Carlos Lorenzo Yes, you so are right. Be friendly!!
    In a recent Connectivism Online Course, the most useful thing I learned was:
    “I think that you can spend too much time looking for ‘good’ informants. It’s better, I think, to draw a parallel with ‘finding a friend’ rather than ‘finding a reliable source of information’. You are looking for a communications partner, not an encyclopedia” (Stephen Downes)

  • January 19, 2009
    J.S. Miller
    @Maxz7

    Great information! Just what I was looking for. Thanks, maxz7

  • January 19, 2009

    As for #4, just set up a second Twitter account for your blog feed. People can then choose to follow it or not. Occasional mentions are one thing, but I don’t need to read someone’s blog post link in every update. I follow someone because of something other than what I get on their blog.

  • January 19, 2009

    This was a good article, and I definitely agree about being interesting with the way you post things if you’re going to post your daily routine. I just unfollowed someone because she kept posting that she was missing her adderall. That gets old seeing the same thing over and over again. The people I follow are the ones who make me laugh or smile when I read their tweets.

    I’ll also agree that having an automated response to a follow is not a bad thing. However, automated responses to other things is another good way to get me to unfollow someone quickly.

    Good advice all the way around. ;-)

  • January 19, 2009

    My account gives an auto-response when people follow me, and it is not my fault! It is a “feature” that Tweeter had implemented back in the beginning and I have no way to disable it. So people don’t follow me back because of Twitter’s default process? That is just sad, and also frustrating.

  • January 19, 2009

    I’m the ultimate lurker so yes, the only tweeting I do is the plugin that tweets my new posts. I find it takes a lot of courage to jump on in as opposed to just writing on my sad little blog ;)

  • January 19, 2009

    I enjoyed reading this, interesting, informed, interactive, promotional, personal, considerate and balanced – those are seven really great tips. I’ll try and put them into practice.

  • January 19, 2009

    Woohoo, I think I follow almost all of these points. I did use an auto-reply robot once but it only lasted a day or so, so I’m back to being personal again! The examples shown about being interesting are something I hope more people will start doing.

  • January 19, 2009

    Read about this on Twitter…so thankful for the link. This is so helpful! Thanks!

    Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs
    comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com
    comfortjoydesigns{AT}gmail{DOT}com

  • January 19, 2009

    Great suggestions Jo-Lynne! I always enjoy your tweets.

  • January 19, 2009

    Thanks for reminding me about point 6. I should print that one out and stick it on my monitor. Question for you or anyone reading this. Do you think it is possible to Retweet too many great links? Some Twitter users have a ton of great Tweets just on their first page and I like to share these at both Twitter and FriendFeed.

  • January 19, 2009

    What a refreshing summary of Twitter! Usually I see posts or articles about 20 Ways to Use Twitter for Promotion, or 100 Reasons Twitter Works for Business.

    This is more about relationship building and I like that you’ve stressed cleverness and manners. Good post! I enjoyed it.

  • January 19, 2009

    What a helpful article for all of us Twitterers! Thanks for sharing with us

  • January 19, 2009

    Thanks for the great tips. I agree, tweets more interesting when people are positive and offer resources and articles of interest then talking about how they have a headache or all the things they hate doing.

  • January 19, 2009

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I have met some amazing people on Twitter. It is impossible to explain to a non-believer, but it truly is an amazing thing. I don’t get a lot of followers but the ones I get are first class for sure.

  • January 19, 2009

    Danielle and Tracy, good points. I wholly agree.

    Will, I see what you’re saying, but honestly, I don’t follow those people. But that’s just me. I’m mostly interested in the social aspect most of all.

    I’m so behind on reading the comments. I want to reply to everyone, but I’ll have to go with a general reply to all… I’m tickled pink with the positive responses, and I like the additions you guys have made to my list. Thanks, everyone!

  • January 19, 2009

    Internet Strategist, I think it depends on what else you’re tweeting. I love the links, personally, as long as there are other tweets mixed in among them.

  • January 19, 2009

    I thoroughly agree with all 7 of your points.

    Relevant.

  • January 19, 2009

    Think there’s some really good points made here, but I do want to stress that Twitter is whatever you want it to be.
    I don’t have loads of followers and I don’t follow thousands either. To me twitter is still about being personal, not just feeling under pressure to perform. I like to think that my twitterlife is how I am with my everyday friends – we have stuff in common, we have times we help each other out and we enjoy our time together. I don’t want to worry about others who want to add me to grow their own numbers or who get annoyed with me because I don’t ‘perform’ to their standards. Too much stress as it is in this life. Find people you like, mix with people you enjoy and spread the love. Twitter is yours to be what you want to be.

  • January 19, 2009

    You RAWK, dude! Great job on getting your article published. Great thoughts and suggestions. Keep up the good job.

  • January 19, 2009

    A great article, Jo-Lynne! Each point on your list is valuable and constructive. I’ll let my friends / followers know about it too. Many thanks ;-)

  • January 19, 2009

    Great stuff… often asked this question and I like the way you summed it up here.

    Agree with others about the balance being most important but that balance will depend on who you connect with and why you want them to follow you.

  • January 20, 2009

    Siloh – you make a good point those of us who are more extroverts might overlook. I’m sure it can be a bit intimidating to jump into the conversation sometimes! I encourage you to try it, though. I’ve found most everyone to be very kind.

    Victoria, those one-time things aren’t nearly as annoying as the ones that come daily. I think someone was following me who had hers set up to reply to people she followed when they tweeted for the first time every morning. There was no relationship there, and she obviously wasn’t on Twitter because there were no other tweets. I caught on that it was a robot b/c I saw her same reply to several people that same morning and no other twitter action. I wasn’t even following her so I had to block her to stop the autobot. That’s the kind of thing I’m referring to. I should have fleshed that out more. :0)

    I think the key is to be relational. If you are relational and, as many have pointed out, true to yourself, your followers will forgive a multitude of sins. ;-)

  • January 20, 2009

    These are great tips Jo-Lynne! I’ll plan on sharing this useful link over at Pop Discourse.

    I think one of the things I struggle with from a following perspective – related to your 7th point – is the obsessive self-promotion factor. I don’t understand folks who basically post the same “Check out my blog!” tweet every day with no context or relevant link as lead in (re: 5th point). It makes me want to check out their blog even less. It also makes me want to unfollow but then I wonder about the bad karma associated with unfollowing (if there is such a thing…). Hmm… maybe fodder for another post…

  • January 20, 2009

    Good advice relavant to all relational interaction. If I could just do one thing right, it would be these 7. Thanks to Jo-Lynne

    G’day mate.

  • January 20, 2009

    This is a great article. I especially like the suggestion of ‘wit’ about the daily in’s and out’s of our lives. It’s refreshing when people spin it a bit.

  • January 20, 2009

    Hi good pots and its real all what you say, well i try to translate it to Spanish here it is: Here Thank you for the post.

  • January 20, 2009

    Great post Jo-Lynne – I need to work on being a little more “cleaver” in my tweets.

  • January 20, 2009

    I get much appreciation when I help out my followers every now and then. I ask them to send me their web site address and if it’s relevant, I do a “Follower of the Day” post.

    I like following many of the “a listers” on Twitter, but find it annoying that they never seem to want to give back to their audience. C’mon people… you’ve got 50,000 + followers… share the love!

  • January 20, 2009

    Great Post! You really hit on all the key points on how to be successful on Twitter. I’ve been trying to explain the phenomenon that is Twitter to clients, family and friends and I’m now going to show, those who are trying it out, this article to help them out!

    Thanks so much!

    -Seth Goldstein
    http://www.sethgoldstein.net
    http://www.twitter.com/sethgoldstein
    http://www.goldsteinmedia.com

  • January 20, 2009

    Hi Jo-Lynne … my name is Michael and I’m a Twitterholic.

    Seriously thanks for this post. I twittered it earlier and not amazed at its popularity. Very good insights. Thanks for sharing.

  • January 20, 2009

    Great article, Jo-Lynne–and I’m honored to be included as an example. Thank you! These are great tips, and I definitely agree with you about the auto DMs. It reminds me of those phone calls you get that are computer-generated, and I’m not a fan of those either!

  • January 20, 2009

    Jo-Lynne thank you so much for the mention! And wow, to be mentioned in the same paragraph as @problogger is an honor :)

    One thing I’d add to 2.) Be Informative is that what makes my drink water reminders and Darren’s “What I’m reading” tweets work well is that it’s related to what we blog about. I blog about healthy living and hydration is key to vibrant health, and Darren is a successful Pro level blogger, so bloggers wanna learn what he learns. Our information is designed to help people reach their goals, desires, etc.

    So whatever your specialty is come up with something that helps people and is related to what you’re about. It’s great for brand building as well ie. I’m becoming “that Twitter lady who reminds people to drink water.” I’ll take it! :-D

  • January 21, 2009

    A great article on Twittering. Enjoyed reading what you had to say about the How’s and Why’s. Becoming more of a Twitterholic everyday.

    Gwyn Ramsey
    http://gwynramsey.blogspot.com

  • January 21, 2009

    Stephanie – great points! Thanks! And once again, thanks to everyone for the positive comments! This has been so much fun!!

  • January 21, 2009

    I commented on this post 2 days back. But for some reason its not showing up in the comments section.

    I like point 5, “Be personal”. By being personal in Twitter conversations you can build meaningful relationships. I prefer to have 10 loyal followers whom are genuinely interested in what I have to say (and willing to spread my story), rather than having 100s of followers who are Not really interested in what I have to say.

  • January 21, 2009

    I agree with Ms. Lynne. Too many times I have decided to unfollow people when I realize that it’s tweeting too much or not socializing at all. Thanks for all this tips, Darren. I wonder if one day I can be a guess author in your site, but english is not my first language. :)

  • January 21, 2009

    #1 and #2 are my pet peeves. I see far too many tweets in the vein of “Good morning everyone, I’ve just woken up.” – or maybe I’m just following the wrong people…;-)
    I’m not saying that every tweet that you send needs to further the stream of human consciousness, but tweeting for the sake of it seems a bit like a broken pencil: Pointless.

  • January 21, 2009

    @Gee I think it is part of the balance.. if that is all you are saying then perhaps not – but I find it useful just to see when people are checking in for the day. It may mean that person has got up late and perhaps I shouldn’t call them or expect an answer right now.

    To assume that such a simple message is pointless is making the assumption that you are the only person it matters to.

  • January 21, 2009

    I had to giggle when I saw Gee’s comment this morning about 5 minutes after I posted my Good Morning tweet on Twitter. I did try to add more than just Good Morning, though, b/c I was thinking along the same lines as Gee. So I agree to a point.

    I also think Karl makes a good point – in my Twitter network, my followers know that I pretty much tweet on and off all day long. By saying Good Morning, I’m letting them know that I’m up and around and following Twitter and ready for a new day of conversation.

    Again, it comes back to the point that how you interpret the “rules” depends how and why you use Twitter and what your followers expect from you. I use it mostly as a social outlet, so it seems to make sense to announce when I’m starting my Twitter day. :-) Although I’m sure I do my fair share of hogging the Twittersphere, and perhaps I should be more considerate.

  • January 22, 2009

    Great input! May I add … be visionary, be trendsetting and walk the world with an open-eye personality. The ‘Twitterati’ will be following…

  • January 22, 2009

    Great article! I especially like, Be Considerate. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing a long conversation you’re not part of clogging up your feed. LOL the phone – if you must use that old technology at least let it be an iphone ;)

  • January 24, 2009

    Great article! I especially like 1 & 2, and recently my thought of why I use Twitter has changed from “What I’m doing now” to “What I’m sharing now.”

    It’s pretty important to me to now tweet things about others and share interesting news or something that can be use to save money or a tool that can help with business or life in general, etc.

    I hear all the time though from friends and colleagues comments like “what’s the point of Twitter?” “I don’t want to know what my friends do or tell people what I’m doing” etc, etc. But your article reminds me it’s about the communication process and Twitter is just a tool.

    Btw, I think video tweets may be the way to go this year. I’m going to try it myself and see. :-)

    And lastly, since Twitter provides a public timeline recording of your tweets, it can be a great forensic tool too! LOL

    All the best,

    Ed Bisquera
    My Video Profile – Get your own too!
    Follow me on Twitter

  • January 26, 2009
    Nancy Pricer
    @nancypricer

    I agree that some people don’t care about what someone had for lunch or that they are going to bed or that they are sick. But, some people who follow them do care. It’s part of the relationship building-you can learn to care about someone you only know online. That’s another issue that I have had to address with my teenage children. Until I get there with some people, I just want to have an educational banter.

    I am on Twitter to learn, and if it turns into a professional relationship, great! It’s not that I don’t care about others, it’s just that I have not developed a “relationship” with them yet. I will say that I have found some very good resources from those who have made many tweets that I didn’t care about that were extremely helpful. There is a happy balance somewhere. I tend to ask for more info than I give, but I do try to retweet as much as I can. I’m a newbie and hope that one day I will be able to give more than I get.

    I also think what perpetuates so called “insignificant comments” is that Twitter asks “What are you doing?” and Facebook asks “What are you doing right now?”

    We really are not that shallow though, are we?

  • January 28, 2009

    Thanks for the informative article. I think I have to refine my twitter practices , but hey Nobody’s perfect!

  • January 28, 2009

    Trust me Ryan! My Twitter practices are far from perfect! :-) Those are the characteristics of those I like to follow. But I’m pretty bad at following my own advice. A lot of it depends on what your purpose is. If it’s to gain a following, then paying attention to these rules might help. If it’s to socialize and build relationships within your network, you may be more lax on certain ones.

    Nancy, I do agree, as I said to Ryan. It all depends on what you’re trying to get out of it.

    Again, thanks for all the input! I’ve enjoyed these comments immensely.

  • January 30, 2009

    Well said Jo-Lynne! I’m following you on Twitter now so that I can be reminded of what it means to be worth following :)

  • February 3, 2009

    You missed a big point.

    BE SOCIAL.. READ THE MEANING OF SOCIAL IN A DICTIONARY…

    Understand that its real people on the other end, not computers.. ;)

    Cheers
    Arun

  • February 10, 2009

    I haven’t tried to use robots at this time, but I do have a canned message i cut-and-paste to thank new followers. I hope that’s not the same! LOL

    One of your other commenters suggests it’s insincere for tweeps to tweet without good wishes for her serious surgery. I think that’s being a bit unfair: I currently only follow a paltry 250 people, roughly, but they generate sufficient traffic that I could easily miss a single announcement about someone’s surgery. I think if you want best wishes from the tweeps, maybe the surgery should be announced in the profile; maybe there should also be a request for re-tweets.

    I’d never intentionally withhold best wishes for a friend; her friends aren’t doing that either.

  • February 17, 2009

    That robot thing is definitely deconstructive for the community of twitter. Why people use them anyway? Pathetic.

  • February 21, 2009

    Being personal is definitely a plus. Since you aren’t meeting people face to face, it’s what separates you from the cyber crowd!

  • February 23, 2009

    Great article and great tips! I didn’t even realize people use robots to respond. I’ll have to pay more attention! And I couldn’t agree more on #6…

  • February 24, 2009

    Wow, what great advice! Particularly the item on balance. Thank you!
    http://www.spiritualceo.com

  • March 2, 2009

    Lol #6 I am a victim of it and will recover. I am taking my first step to recovery. I vow to not flood with all my crazy comments , questions and suggestions. And no more Twarguing! <— lol

  • March 2, 2009

    Great list. I always looks at recent Tweets when deciding who to follow. Being interesting and relevant are my tops reasons.

  • March 2, 2009

    This article is excellent! It’s everything I want to say to newbie Twitterers. Mind if I link to it in an upcoming blog post? I do a “Monday is Tip Day” feature, and this would be great. Or, as an alternative, I’d love it if you’d be open to writing up a shorter version as a guest post with a link here. Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in!

  • March 11, 2009

    Great article! And I agree with everything you put in there – ESPECIALLY the auto stuff – YUCK! Hopefully people will read this and realize they need to turn that off! I check out every single new follower’s profile and decide if I want to follow them or not. It’s purely a business decision. I’m sure not everyone is going to want to follow me – it’s nothing personal. And then I welcome each new follower. Time consuming? YEP! But if they want to follow, it’s the least I can do.

    Thanks again for the great post!

  • March 17, 2009

    Here, here, awesome article…and OMG…freakin FREE info!!!
    For the love of money, this information is free…what were you thinking?!

    But then again, that’s what twitter is all about, ain’t it now?!

    Great content…you deserve to be followed! (ahem) on twitter that is.

  • April 10, 2009

    Thank you so much for writing this! I am totally retweeting this (and adding you to my follow file). It makes me batty when people just tweet famous quotes over and over, or never respond to anything – ever. Those are my biggest pet peeves on Twitter.

    By the way, my name is Jean and I’m a Twitterholic. I plan on never joining a 12-step program.

  • May 2, 2009
    Shaun M Wray
    @shaunmwray

    Thanks for the info, lots of good tips for the new twitter folk!

  • June 3, 2009

    Yeah…being famous is a good way to be popular on twitter. But it takes way too much effort. I can’t afford to spend years serving coffee in Hollywood just to one day make it big and get my Twitter certificate.

    But you can do this…

    1. Be funny…not stupid funny…but witty funny. Take me…I’m pretty much a slap in the knee. Follow me and you’ll come to know that.

    2. Tweet often, but only quality tweets. It’s quality, not mass quantity. You will lose followers if you tweet nonsense too often.

    3. Re-Tweeting is great to get your name thrown around. Just be sure that when you reel people in, that you can keep them there with good tweets of your own.

    4. Get personal. Tweet like nobody is watching. People don’t wanna read about what kind of coffee you drank this morning…they wanna know who you woke up next to and why she is wearing your pants.

    This has been a PSA from Frisky O’Neill.

    As always….FOLLOW ME! Pretty Please :)
    http://www.twitter.com/FriskyOneill
    @FriskyOneill
    @SunsetLovin

  • July 11, 2009

    Love this nice article. For sure we always have to be a NICE Guy :D
    Not only on Twitter, but important in real life also. So I think you have to be yourself always. Twitter just extended version how to get connected with people all around the world, share what you like and you don’t. I’m a newbie on twitter and have to say I really enjoy it. Sometimes, it’s really fun to know about other people stories.

  • September 24, 2009

    I was just reading a similar article a friend gave to me today, ironically. It actually went through some research studies of over four million tweets I believe.. its a great add on to your topic. Maybe someone else posted it here but lord I couldn’t sift through all of the comments!
    http://bit.ly/6E0oj

    Thanks for the info on your post!

  • October 22, 2009

    Great information top tips on twitter… Thanxs

  • November 4, 2009

    This is a very helpful and informative article. Thanks for sharing this.

  • November 5, 2009

    I use post to twitter on my blog.. do you think that is a good idea? I just started using twitter so I am still experimenting. Please feel free to share your ideas with me.. and if you want shocking news you won’t hear on the mainstream media follow me!

  • November 8, 2009

    Excellent article. It has been very enlightening to me. I am not yet a twitter but now I will start an account. You gave some great pointers.
    Keep up the good work.

  • November 22, 2009
    Duit Lebih
    @duitlebih

    Great article. So much I learnt from you, please keep up the good works. I’m definitely following you.

  • December 6, 2009
    Jasmin Collier
    @MzJazieDaBoss

    Thnx for the info; am new to twitter & found it very informative.

  • December 8, 2009
    Alyse Anderson
    @Its_Uh_Lease

    Thanks for the info I am new to twitter but I was looking around to find ways to better my tweets and see if what I was doing could possibly be offensive or not at all what people wanted to read, and I know now that people would be interested in it for the most part. Many many thanks :)

  • December 11, 2009

    Thank you for the post. I appreciated the examples of how to reword your tweet to make it interesting.

  • December 11, 2009

    Not sure why the previous comment did not post…

    I wanted to thank you for the examples of how others made their tweets more interesting. Great examples.

  • December 22, 2009

    this was very helpful… thx!

  • December 23, 2009
    Eyoma
    @edemfo

    true true…quite insightful

  • January 11, 2010

    Some really useful tips Jo-Lynne. Thanks.

  • January 19, 2010

    I am brand spanky new to Twitter and this is a great article on getting some followers. Thank you.

  • January 19, 2010

    Thanks for the tips. I’ll see what I can do. :P

  • January 25, 2010

    Cool tips here, really enjoyed reading. A must for beginners and those who want quality followers not automated followers. :)

  • February 7, 2010

    Wow…I have got all my answers at one place. Twitter is the next big thing. I want to follow good looking brains and intelligent butts. Keep writing.

  • February 9, 2010

    WOW. Thanks for the useful tips. Will bear this in mind every time I tweet from now on.

    I do keep promoting my twitter. It’s on my siggie for forums and in all my profiles and accounts. hehe. As a twitter addict, those are what I love and what I hate in who I follow. I want not exactly tweetpeeps that shares the same interest as I do but nice, friendly and someone I’ll learn and be inspire.

    It’s true that this is not just to have followers in Twitter, it’s actually to have more followers in LIFE as well.

  • February 10, 2010

    I just sent this article to two new tweeters who don’t know why people aren’t following them.Great advice

  • February 11, 2010

    If you’re a celebrity, you can completely dismiss all the above tips and pointers. Don’t believe me? Note the celebrity (confirmed) accounts with, like, 300K followers, and ZERO follows. Just like real life, right? See?

  • February 13, 2010

    this is a awesome blog omg it helps me alot about twitter and getting followers. thanks for the post’s =J

  • February 20, 2010

    Very nice article! I just joined twitter and found out how big of a deal it is! I can’t get over how annoying it is to follow someone and all they do is promote themselves like a robot…Be Personal!!
    http://EpicWisdom.com
    Ron

  • March 1, 2010
    Kat DeLuxe
    @Kat_Deluxe

    perfect, thank you for help :)

  • March 9, 2010

    a great article with some very useful tips. Looking forward to trying out a mixture of these value adding tips. Thanks Jo-Lynne!

  • March 18, 2010

    not bad…this is helpful

  • March 18, 2010

    VERY HELPFUL

  • March 24, 2010

    hahaha thanks for the post! i like it

  • March 25, 2010

    Thanks for very good ideas :) really helpful

  • April 24, 2010

    Really great points in here, and I love how you say it is okay to be promotional – but with limitations, after all it is a form of online marketing as well!

  • April 29, 2010

    That’s was funny, thank you i feel way better abut this whole twitter thing now. Okay I’m gonna try it, wish me luck!

  • April 29, 2010

    Good luck! ;-)

  • May 11, 2010

    I think Twitter is one of those unusual places where talking to random strangers really is the norm!!

    It is mad how it is so accepted world wide but that’s the beauty. Ofcourse the real joy is being followed by lots of people and being able to send a Tweet knowing full well that it will be recieved by thousands and thousands of people! That is what I feel is the amazing beauty of Twitter!

    Although having tons of followers is fab, don’t get carried away with it. If you tweet normally and follow people who share your interests I feel you’ll get far further in whatever mission you have that hoping that you’ll get lots of random followings.
    Don’t get me wrong, having lots of people follow you is awesome! But you should try to make sure the majority of these are valuable followers who really will be interested in what you’ve got to say!

    If you would like to Follow Me, I’ll follow you back very fast!

    I’m raising awareness for Madeleine McCann and have over 28,360 followers currently!

    My Twitter is:
    http://twitter.com/PrayMaddyMcCann

    Hope to see you there! x

  • May 22, 2010

    Thanks alot, I’m getting the hang of twitter finally CHEERS!

  • May 25, 2010

    As I was saying, you can just be… you. It’s not all about techniques, tips and strategies. Just be yourself and people will follow you. Trust me.

    http://twitter.com/lauraswan

  • May 31, 2010

    I think your blog is very interesting. As a school assignment I am bloggin about media use in organsations. My blog of this week focusses on ways to get more traffic and interaction in your Twitter account.
    I definitely quote your blog!

  • July 22, 2010

    Thanks for this article. Sometimes we need a reminder of the true nature of social networking. Appreciated the honest insight.

  • July 22, 2010

    I’m a new twitterer and trying hard to get my head around the whole thing. Your tips above make complete sense to me. Some days I don’t tweet, some days I do. I’m struggling with a serious illness and on my non-tweeting days, I simply don’t feel like tweeting, but some times I do, just to let people know where I’m at. But I digress. One thing that certainly makes me unfollow people is their senseless retweets. They just retweet after retweet and I never see the point of it. On one occasion someone retweeted 30 in a row, many of them were duplicate retweets, so it told me they had nothing to say and just retweeted for the sake of doing something.
    I retweet, but I retweet something that I’ve found or read that’s stopped me in my tracks and thought it worth passing on, like the tweet that brought me here, I’ll retweet it.
    Please, don’t retweet just for the sake of retweeting.

  • July 29, 2010

    I can’t agree with the author more, bots are absolutely ridiculous. Actually, if you tweet more than 10 times in an hour and all those tweets show up in my feed, I will probably unfollow you unless what you’re saying is really worth my time.

  • August 6, 2010

    Great post – am treating twitter like the conversation it is – it can’t be all about you.

  • October 8, 2010

    I agree but for a “newbie” it can kinda be overwhelming to always keep it interesting :)

  • January 22, 2011

    I agree with concept of frequently tweeting useful links. Not always your own but I find contributing valuable information to your community is a good way to become known as a thought leader in your space.

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