Make a Tweet Plan to Get the Most from Twitter

Do you have a Twitter Plan? I don’t – but when Nicole Nicolay (@nik_nik) from My Tech Opinion told me about hers I asked her to write it up as a post. It won’t be for everyone but for those who like a little structure – a Twitter Plan might help. Here’s Nicole’s tutorial.

Is there rhyme to your twitter reason? Do you have a plan when it comes to your tweets, or are you a spontaneous tweeter? Believe it or not, there can be a happy medium.

If you let it, Twitter can easily steal your time and work efficiency. And as much I enjoy conversing with others in the comforts of my home office, it can be extremely distracting if you are tuned into Twitter all day long. So how do you stop diluting your work day but also take advantage of this rockin’ social media channel… especially, if it’s not in your regular job description (if it is, lucky you)? Simply put, you need a Tweet Plan. With a Tweet Plan you can pre-organize and categorize your tweets for future use… keeping you more on track during your work day. Hey, you plan your blog posts, why not your tweets?!

FOLLOWING YOUR OWN TWEET PLAN

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1. Select your twitter check-in times

If you are really trying to purge the noise, stick to “Tweet w/Coffee” or “Tweet w/Chocolate”. My cute way of saying first thing in the morning or after dinner. This will be the time of day that you spend organizing and planning your tweets.

2. Start with your Daily 5, which are 5 pre-planned tweets

First decide on what you plan to tweet. If you use twitter for personal use, your options are endless. But if you utilize Twitter for business too, then you may need to think more strategically about tweeting a combination of industry value and personal flavor. So your Daily 5 should include a variety of tweet types and various media. Don’t flood followers with only blog post updates. And on the flip, we don’t want to hear how many times your puppy crapped on the floor in one day. So like most vices in life, you need to find your middle ground. Here a few examples of tweet types for your Daily 5.

  • Images – Share pictures you take or find. Try Snaptweet, TwitPic, or I prefer the Gyazickr app (which also posts to Flickr) on my iPhone.
  • Videos – Share your own videos or favorites from other networks like YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler, Seesmic, UStream, etc.
  • Blog Post Updates – You can auto update your blog posts to Twitter by installing the Twitter Updater Plugin on your blog.
  • Witty Joke or Comment – If you come across a funny sign or just interesting thought, jot it down and share later on Twitter.
  • Helpful Industry Resources – Scan your RSS reader and/or social bookmarking sites, or favorite industry blogs for helpful tips and advice or cool tools. Share links to them!
  • Make a Tweet Plan to Get the Most from Twitter – Have a favorite author or poet, share an occasional quote – it’s even better when you can relate it to a current event.
  • Announcements /Events – Share information about an event your company is hosting, holiday food drives, and/or other news.
  • Ask Questions – That pertain to business or personal. Try creating a poll especially for Twitter at Polldaddy.

3. Make a Tweetlist categorized by your Daily 5

Here’s an example of what your 5 planned tweets could be for the day: (1) blog post update (2) inspiring quote (3) cool image or picture (4) helpful resource (5) witty joke or comment. Now start scanning your resources and collecting tidbits to later become your planned tweets. You could plan for the day or plan for more than one day. BTW-Notice I said pre-planned “tweets”, NOT direct messages. Please DO NOT spam your followers with DMs, unless you want to get unfollowed. Save DMs for continuing personal or professional conversations that you don’t want to share with all your followers.

4. Next, head over to Twuffer or TweetLater

Choose one of these online solutions which will allow you to schedule your tweets. Schedule for the day, week for longer. Just enter your 140 character tweets, set your date and time and you’re done. Twuffer/Tweetlater will deliver on-time, while you are getting work done or out of the office at appointments.

5. Set up Tweetlater to automate a welcome response to new followers

I love receiving news that I have a new follower and usually visit their Twitter profile, check out their Website and/or interests, read their recent update stream, and send a hello or welcome DM. That can take a lot of time if you get a lot of new followers. So I created this message that is sent via Tweetlater to my new followers: “Wooohooo, we’re Twitter friends! Check out this video I made for you: http://budurl.com/niknik.”

6. Your daily 5 should be supplemented by 1-3 spontaneous tweets

that makes your tweet total for the day around 6-8. Tweet personal, business, or random experiences in your day. When and if something hits you, waste no time and tweet it. But remember what your task at hand is and get back to it!

MEASURE YOUR TWEET PLAN

If you are the type of person who enjoys measuring your efforts, you may want to check out a suggestion from the other half of the nik_nik equation, @cyberhomes. Reggie Nicolay, Director of Social Media at Cyberhomes, measures the media he tweets with BudURL. He finds the tool helpful in discerning what people like and want to hear more of, by measuring his blog posts and other resources he shares on Twitter.

TWEET PLAN DISCLAIMER: This plan may work great for those with little time in their day to tweet, or employers who don’t want you tweeting. For some, taking time to organize tweets may actually be more time consuming that just tweeting off the cuff. This is NOT a plan for spontaneous tweeters and those of us that have adopted Twitter as a member of the family. This plan is for twits that want to tweet but are finding it hard to do so during their work day. Just remember, this is one Tweet Plan example, what does your Tweet Plan look like?

Comments

  • November 14, 2008

    So many people go into twitter with no plan, no rhyme, no reason.
    They tweet what they want, when they want and they are happy with it.
    They like just being in the Twitoshpere.

    Others go in the same way and leave, “burned by the twitter hype”.
    They’ll say they didn’t see a ROI. Twitter is a waste of time.
    For those, Nik_Nik has laid out an excellent, well thought, logical plan of attack.

    Great stuff Nicole!

  • November 14, 2008

    Brilliant! I’m starting my own plan today! Thanks for the much-needed inspiration!

  • November 14, 2008

    This is awesome when using twitter as a source of publishing tweets within a decent sized time frame, once again – Great tips.

  • November 14, 2008

    Brilliant and helpful. No surprise, there!

  • November 14, 2008

    Darren and Nicole,

    This post came at a perfect time for me. Ok, maybe more coincidental than perfect. I was just wondering last night as I was sitting wondering what in the world I was going to do next, about tweets and how far in advance folks may have them set up for.

    How many tweets are already written?
    Or are they semi-spur of the moment tweets based on a list of given topics?
    Is there a weekly, monthly or maybe yearly plan (that seems a bit difficult to figure)?

    Again, great timing.

    –David

  • November 14, 2008

    I like this idea. I have a twitter account but I barely use it since (or should I say never) because I don’t know what to tweet. Having some kind of structure always helps.

  • November 14, 2008

    Wow, really cool. I never thought to create a plan but it makes perfect sense and thanks for the link to http://www.tweetlater.com. It’s perfect for scheduled tweets and it’s FREE!

  • November 14, 2008

    Great post! I was just wondering yesterday how wise it would be for me to let Twitter take over my life. This plan seems like a smart way to keep time spent to a minimum, while still getting the benefits of Twitter. Very well thought out. Great idea to make a video welcoming new followers. I loved @nik_nik’s

  • November 14, 2008

    OK, I know this might sound fishy, but before i even knew about this blog — just last night — I sent myself an email with my Tweets for today. I figured that if I set out to Tweet 3x per day in an organized fashion, then the rest — replying to Tweets, spontaneous Tweets and obsessive Tweets wouldn’t interfere with my mission of using Twitter as a marketing tool instead of just to find out where and when my Twitterettes are having their morning lattes.

    Now to just go down your list and work the rest of it in. I’ll consider that part of my study of Twitterology.

    Thanks so much.

  • November 14, 2008

    Great advice…thank you so much! It arrived at the perfect time…just as I was feeling my twitter habit was getting out of control.
    Thanks again.

  • November 14, 2008

    WOW! I got so much wonderful insight out of this post! Thank you so much. There are so many wonderful ideas here that I know will help with my personal and professional tweeting!

    Thanks again!!

  • November 14, 2008

    I will print and read it latter thank you.

  • November 14, 2008

    Darren, thanks for the mention of SnapTweet.

    You can use any method to get your photos to Flickr. I usually just email them, but there are a bunch of apps that hook directly to Flickr these days. I hadn’t heard of Gyazickr. SnapTweet just makes it seamless to share with Twitter so you don’t have to worry about it. I also recently added a feature which lets you send any of your old Flickr photos as well by direct messaging the photo id to snaptweet. This lets you use Flickr for storage and host a conversation on Twitter about a photo any time you like.

    Loving this site.

  • November 14, 2008

    Nice idea for sure, but making a twitter plan would just suck more time out of my already very busy day. I keep Twitter (Twhirl) open all the time, but unless I have a little break I usually don’t check every new tweet (unless it’s @me). Otherwise I usually share cool pictures, articles or anything else I find online that my followers might enjoy.

  • November 14, 2008

    Hi,

    This would work for me only when I’m on vacation.

    I like to interact on Twitter and to respond to what people talk. Even thou the interesting subjects are discussed by people with to many followers to be able to respond to all who wish to interact. Still if you look carefully you’ll find your topic.

    I like to participate and be helpful.

    Thank you

  • November 14, 2008

    If you use Twitter heavily I guess this will certainly work for you. I’ve heard of tweetlater.com but have not used it, didn’t know you can set auto-response to new followers! I like the measure your tweet plan part, using budurl.com to measure clicks certainly helps to track what people like most so that you post less of what people are uninterested in before they unfollow you.

  • November 14, 2008

    Fortunately…I include myself in the “spontaneous twit” group. I’m lucky enough to be at my computer most days. And I’m a educator at heart, so I love helping if twits have questions that meet my expertise. And interacting and learning from others!

    However, I also notice that every time I get a new follower…I’m excited to get to know who he/she is. Check out their site, look at their updates, etc. If I leave my current work task every time I get a new follower or someone DMs me then I’m not working efficiently.

    That said….I think there can be a happy medium here. As your Twitter Posse grows you can incorporate some features (like an auto-welcome message) so that you can make contact, stay on track, and then connect when the time is right. Let’s face it, Twitter is FAB…I love it for work and pleasure…but it’s nice to have flexibility (whatever that is for YOU).

  • November 14, 2008

    I use a service to auto tweet when I do a blog post, otherwise I usually tweet as part of the conversation that is happening. Using Twitter as a syndication tool is valid depending on your audience and your purpose. Therefore having a plan is a good idea. Ergo, nice post!

  • November 14, 2008

    As noted, I understand this plan won’t be for everyone and helps provide structure to many. But for the sake of argument, I would have to disagree with the plan as it dilutes the authenticity of Twitter and actually talking with people. I know the plan isn’t for everybody and see some of the value with the tools you’ve listed, but it ultimately makes it a robotic system that lacks real conversation.

    Yes, it may help you keep track and get back to people or conversations but Twitter is an instantaneous service where conversations fly by you throughout the day. A structure may not help as conversations come n go and are a lot of the time forgotten until you’re reminded (lack of threaded tweets problem perhaps).

    Nonetheless, I understand your points and where you’re coming from, Nicole, but personally I think it takes away from the essence of Twitter.

  • November 14, 2008

    I like a lot of these ideas here, but the one that stands out to me as a “no-no” is the auto follow using a service like Tweetlater.

    There has been so many threads in my stream as of late of people who hate the impersonal auto follow, and a lot say when they get it they will just stop following you as they feel it is very impersonal, especially if there is a link saying “visit my site” etc.

    I think that an auto follow may work for a business as maybe one would expect that, but if you are a real person, and you are going to send a DM to a new follower, I think it best for the DM to be from you… personally.

    For the most part, if someone follows me, I will send a quick DM thanking them by name (if listed), and maybe reference something in their stream or blog/site, whatever interests me!

    Granted, as your followers grow it becomes harder and harder to respond personally – so maybe it is better to just not respond via DM? But until such time I reach that critical mass, I appreciate each and every person who is interested in me and will continue to send them a quick, personal thank you.

    - Doc

  • November 14, 2008

    Great idea to pre-plan some tweets ahead of time, then supplement with spontaneous tweets. I especially liked the fact that you incorporate a video welcome for your new followers. Makes automation more personal – like Gary Vee’s email response.

    Your point is well taken that the plan is not one size fits all. Some less structured, more spontaneous types will no doubt, do things differently. Great suggestion, however, for folks who want to be involved on a limited time budget or behind corporate firewalls.

  • November 14, 2008

    David- It’s up to you to decide how many tweets you may want to pre-write. The best plan of attack would be to just start keeping a list of resources and interesting comments that speak to your followers…whether they be for biz, pleasure or both. Really, I see this plan being more effective for peeps that have jobs out in the field and cannot take time away to tweet…but still want to contribute!

    Doc- I NEVER auto-follow twits. I DO send an auto-welcome message. Which thanks the new follower and includes a brief video of what they can expect being my follower (which I’ve already updated 3 x). I do this to tide over my hungry follower until I have time to check out him/her out and them make the choice to follow, or not.

    Cheryl- YOU GET IT!!!! Thanks for understanding that this plan doesn’t have to be rigid. My suggestion is really to just keep a lineup of witty or informative tweets on hand to mix up with your spontaneous tweets. Whether you’re on vacation, have a crazy work schedule, or just plain old writer’s block…it’s nice to know you have backup! Besides, we bookmark and share great blogs and sites online…why not bookmark or collect your favorite tweets.

  • November 14, 2008

    great idea to have check in times. I’m less fond of the planned tweets unless it’s news about my life that people might find interesting…hmmm not much

  • November 14, 2008

    I agree 110% with igobydoc I remember my first auto DM “thanks for the follow” DM. It appeared real, then I DM’ed back twitter said, “this user is not following you”.

    I replied back 1 day later, and still no follow back. Then when the new follower digs around they find out it’s a “fake welcome” which merely says “yes your follow went thru the system, but I may or may not care”.

    A link to a useful video or blog post talking about you and your other online ID’s … maybe, but to me it was the wrong use and didn’t make me feel special.

    I like to check out the other person then make a personal DM.
    Adam Nollmeyer in Phx.
    http://twitter.com/AcmePhoto

  • November 14, 2008

    Amazingly helpful, direct and 100% human.
    Thanks for the time and effort to share your resources and knowledge with Twitter!

    All the best,
    Dave

  • November 14, 2008

    oh dude… i need a twitter schedule, or an intervention.

  • November 14, 2008

    Fantastic Plan, the thing i liked most is the picture, it prooves a picture can tell more than thousand words.

  • November 14, 2008

    Hello Nicole,

    It’s nice that you have a plan when you’re tweeting. The good side of this plan is that you can measure the amount of time you invest on Twitter. The downside, however, is that you plan things in such a manner that Twitter becomes a routine rather than a spontaneous conversation tool.

    As I analyze it, this plan will work best for established people who have a nice bulk of followers and have already established trust with their readers. That way, when they send a link in a direct message, it will not be ignored. Nobodies, however, will be ignored. I don’t click links on direct messages unless they are from my friends.

    As for the daily five, I think it’s better if it is distributed all throughout the day. Tweeting links one after another is not really a good habit. It will also decrease follower response and maybe lose you some followers. That is, again, if you are not an established person. Popular bloggers, marketers and the likes won’t lose followers even if they tweet links on a regular basis. I would also suggest supplementing with retweets on interesting links posted by your friends on Twitter. It would shatter extreme individualism and promote the creation of the Twitter community.

    Lastly, as with spontaneous tweets. It would be best to dedicate a certain amount of time. Let’s say, an hour where you can let go and converse. If you send spontaneous things on what you do, you may end up talking to yourself and that is what I’m afraid of.

    I’m not really against your plan. I’m all for organizing and maximizing your Twitter time. It is just that I believe that Twitter should not be a promotion site where you send links and people will respond. And if you keep doing so, the level of response will likely decrease (not good for businesses). Maybe I’m just one of those people who cannot work with this. I’m a Twitter addict after all. ^_^

  • November 14, 2008

    Sorry.
    This item was nauseating.
    What a formula for destroying something wonderful.
    Twitter is awesome for spontaneous human communication.
    This is nothing more than a spamming plan.
    People are not stupid.
    If you use such a formulation methodology to tweet…
    And your tweets always somehow tie back to what you are selling…
    You’re going to either get blocked, or un-followed, or just ignored.
    Promoting this abuse of Twitter as a “marketing tool” is all too familiar.
    It reminds me of all the articles about teaching people how to use (abuse) email as a “marketing tool”.
    Yeah. That works well too.
    People HATE spam.
    Enough is enough.
    The best approach is much more simple.
    Much more Honest.

    It’s called:

    (1) Be genuine.
    (2) Try to help people.
    (3) Don’t tell people about the junk you are selling anywhere other than on your OWN web site – unless they specifically ask.

  • November 14, 2008

    Aira,

    Your points are welcomed as I too am a Twitter addict. This plan was not created with the intent to turn Twitter into a promotion site, but to offer those who need a little structure a way to stay on task. You can’t deny the time suckage that Twitter freely provides (it’s not like I don’t mind it).

    When it comes to the Daily 5…I’m not thinking they would be dispersed one right after the other. Then what’s the point of scheduling them on Tweetlater?! If I were to use such a plan, I would choose the topics I’m interested in and create tweetlists (ex: Social Media, Real Estate, Health & Fitness, Marketing, Current Events, Gardening, etc.). Each category could then include 140 character tweets containing any/all of the following- resources, images, comments, thoughts, questions, polls, video, etc. that you find on the Web or create yourself. I would NEVER suggest that you promote your business all day long….that’s one of the fastest ways to get unfollowed. And how utterly boring! Scheduling the Daily 5 will just help you maintain a presence online throughout the day, as well as share what’s important to you.

    Also, choosing Twitter Check-in times may be helpful because that would give you the opportunity to converse for period of time, follow up on your new followers, etc.

    Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m working on an detailed example plan. :)
    Nik

  • November 14, 2008

    The plan is a great starting point, and easily customized to your preferences and time availability as well as the purpose/”personality” of the Twitter account.

    Besides being on Twitter for myself, I have 3 other accts to manage (2 in volunteer/board roles, and one as communications director for my campus, Washington State University Spokane).

    I love the informal exchange, but the time suckage (and subsequent Twitter-induced ADD) is a serious issue.

    For the campus (@WSUSpokane), I use tweetlater, and also jump on a couple of times a day to follow links and see if there are things I should retweet or answer. Our focus is on the health sciences, so I’m following a lot of health care types and want to be in the dialogue as a resource. That requires thoughtful interaction (with time discipline though–it’s too fun).

    For the element of the account purpose that is to serve as a news service, Tweetlater helps me ensure that I post events a week out, then a reminder the day of the event. I also put up links to news items.

    Using tweetlater helps me be thoughtful with timing and not spammy. If all this were up to me as the real person with time constraints, I’d have to jump on and fire out 4-6 tweets back to back, just to make sure I got them done. That would feel more canned than using the service.

    My own Twitter also feeds my Facebook updates and a widget on my personal blog. My FB friends are probably occasionally baffled by items that start out “RT @problogger” or whatever, but it’s another efficiency measure for me and one I recommend, if you’re not trying to keep those spaces separate. Maybe I’ll recruit my FB friends to join the addiction.

    @BarbChamberlain

  • November 14, 2008

    Just wanted to welcome your new blog to the blogosphere and say “thanks” for all your helpful posts!

  • November 14, 2008

    Bruce – I can see where you’re coming from but I wonder whether one can still be honest, genuine, helpful and non salesy with a twitter plan?

    For example – I can see a plan like this being useful for those of us living in parts of the world in different time zones to the majority of those using the web. For example I live in Australia and the problem for me is that I have thousands of followers who are asleep when I’m awake and awake when I’m asleep – they rarely see my tweets.

    What I like about a process like Nicole has outlined is that I could pre prepare a few genuine, honest, helpful tweets to ‘go off’ while I’m asleep – that would help those of my followers who I rarely connect with.

    I don’t really see this as being too far removed from what bloggers and other websites (and even other mediums) do. TV pre records, Magazines write months in advance, bloggers use ‘advance posts’ to set posts to go off at optimal times…. why not set a few tweets to go off when your audience is online.

    With regards to using Twitter for marketing – I think this is a different argument but one in which I don’t really have a problem with someone ‘marketing’ as long as they are subtle, still helpful, genuine as you say. Knowing Nicole and the way she tweets I think she achieves this.

  • November 15, 2008

    Homerun! I had a plan, but this one makes a whole lot more sense.
    Thank You, thank You

  • November 16, 2008

    Great post Daren.

  • November 18, 2008

    Darren,

    This is great stuff! You’ve done a great job with this site since launch and it’s been fun to watch you grow it. I love it.

    All the points you made were right on. There is just one that I have a different view on and I want to see if others agree or disagree. As far as “Automatic Welcome Messages” I feel like this service or practice totally defeats the whole purpose of Twitter.

    It’s a social site and by doing that you’re not being social.

    On the other hand, I get the friendly gesture but in my opinion I would rather be genuine with my profile then hurt someones feelings.

    I’m not saying either one is right or wrong I am just curious to hear some feedback so down the road I can be a good person to follow on Twitter.

    Any thoughts?

    Again, thanks for the great post and keep up the great work!

    Best Regards,
    JR
    Find me on Twitter and let me know what you think!

  • November 19, 2008

    For those having difficulty getting away from Twitter to get back to their normal routines, I think you’ve put together a good plan. If you can set specific times to check in and catch up, it will help you be more effective with your time.

    As for scheduling tweets, I think they’ve got to be done in moderation. If you are scheduling ALL of your tweets, you really are taking away from what Twitter ought to be (IMO), which is a communication tool. You don’t necessarily have to use @replies and chat with other people, but it definitely makes me more willing to follow someone than if they are only ever broadcasting their own content.

  • November 26, 2008

    Thank you very much for this blog post. The tweet plan allows me to have a much better schedule for my day. I often schedule 1 or 2 tweets before i go to bed. Just to say hello to everyone. I then spend time following up on people and finding great conversations to join.

    I represent several pastors and ministers where this tweet plan will actually help them to move in to the arena. Thank You.

  • November 29, 2008

    More and more people are using Twitter in calculated, measured, cold business like manner. There is lack of spontaneity and involvement. I have seen major Internet marketers limiting the frequency of tweets and using them to leverage something in business like fashion. Well I am becoming just like them, lower frequency, strategic placements, leverage, and end game all in one. I can beat anyone on this side of the table for sure…

  • December 11, 2008

    What a clean, tight post. Much appreciated!

  • December 13, 2008

    I get the theory of this, but I think the actual plan is overkill. Not every user needs to be doing 5 tweets per day, especially of non-response content. Also I think people can get lead astray by trying to fill their schedule rather than putting great (or not great but genuine) content out there. It would be difficult for me to find a worthy image and video every single day. I think sticking to a plan like yours could kill the authenticity of their tweets for many people.

    Here’s what I do instead:
    Some days I definitely find that I am on a roll and have more to say. When this happens I log into tweetlater and fill in each day next week with one of those thoughts. I also sometimes try to sit down on Sunday and write a tweet per day for the following weekdays. (I don’t bother with it on weekends.)

  • January 4, 2009

    twAitter.com (stands for ‘wait’ to ‘twitter’)

    There is a new site coming out that has full scheduling capabilities for twitter tweets. It has a calendar (outlook style) to manage all of your upcoming messages. You can schedule appointments, birthdays, reminders….anything you need. I plan to use it for when I tweet while I drink :) . Too often I’ve sent msgs that I regretted the next morning :) .

    Its still in private beta testing, but should be out soon. (www.twaitter.com)

    Ryan

  • January 5, 2009

    This is very much like the time management techniques I’ve taught at my company. Very effective if you stick to it. I haven’t gotten to the point where I feel I need to do that, but we’ll see if I tweet more in the future. I’m more of a tweet reader at this time.

  • January 5, 2009

    I am guilty of just tweeting anything in general that is randomly coming to mind while I am online. I like the idea of having a set plan. It gives me a structured variety where I am not boring my followers with my own random thoughts.

    The thoughts can be still be random, but planning them out into a routine makes it more appealing. At least, in my eyes.

  • January 5, 2009

    I like the idea of having a plan, or some kind of a framework for thinking about what your twitter strategies might be.. and tactics to.. and I think you have some good ideas along these lines, but….

    At least for me, the core of Twitter.. even when thinking about it from a business applications stand point, is building relationships.. I think the plan you lay out doesn’t really do that.. it sounds like you’re talking about using it as a one to many communications platform… or at the very least.. weighting it more in that direction then the many to many sorta.. spirit ideal would sorta suggest.

    Even so you could look at your plan from a relationship development perspective and ask what kind of relationships do you want to inculcate, what are the values.. or perhaps we could use the word metric, by which you want to measure the sort of relationship you want as it relates to your broader strategy… that versus what this plan is likely to do. I think this is SUPER important for how you construct your plan.

    Another thing is a huge part of the value of twitter is.. what you get back from the folks you follow… I mean it’s a conversation.. you know? And marketing isn’t just about outputs, its about inputs to..

    So I think what you really want is a plan that will manage all of these kinds of things.. if you’re interested in maximizing the benefits of twitter.

  • January 6, 2009

    This is a fantastic article! I make jokes about how my ADD doesn’t allow me to Tweet successfully – I either hyperfocus and spend all day Tweeting with friends, or it totally overwhelms me and I drop out of sight for days. Your Tweet plan helps me enjoy the best of both worlds – I can still connect with folks and send out useful tweets…but it doesn’t take over my life. Thank you!

  • January 6, 2009

    It is very easy to be either a) addicted to Twitter or b) overwhelmed with the expectation to participate. Depending on my mood I find myself in one or the other categories. This is a great post – keep a strict plan, stick with it, and move on. No time is wasted. Thanks for the advice!

  • January 8, 2009

    1 more vote in the “this defeats the purpose and beauty of Twitter” box.

  • January 12, 2009

    I’m not buying it, the only way to “get” Twitter is to let it take you where it wants to =)

  • February 17, 2009

    I love the plan idea. It never occured to me to give myself a guide to follow. I want to get the most out of it, but I can also fall into the trap of wasting time doing not much at all. I’ll be making one for myself today.

  • August 1, 2009

    Thanks so much for this post! It’s very helpful to me cuz I actually didn’t know that anything like Twuffer or TweetLater existed! Shows what little I know! LOL! I can get distracted very easily so this will keep me “in the loop” w/o eating up my productive time.

  • August 31, 2009

    I realize my Twitter friends enjoy my tweets but they don’t like excessive tweets and specially when I tweet too many links (though they are useful for many).
    I think I should better limit down my no. of tweets…so that user can catch up with my tweets….

  • October 29, 2009

    Thanks for this great post. I’ve been intimidated by Twitter for months. Its size, scope and never-ending, all-encompassing network of informational exchange has birthed the discouraging thoughts that I might not have very much to say, and that my contribution to such a network may go entirely unnoticed. I haven’t tweeted a word as a result. However, I find your suggestions here very encouraging. The idea of having an organized plan where the pressure of having to be spontaneously witty or insightful is relieved, is precisely what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  • November 14, 2009

    I heard allot about twitter but still i was not clear about the proper work of twitter, but this post help me to clear my idea about twitter.
    Thank you friend.

  • December 29, 2009

    I like the idea of twitter, but could never imagine how anyone who already spends hours on the computer could possibly fulfill all these tweets in a day. It just seems that you’ll be a slave to the computer. I find that if you are looking to have 1000 or more people following you, incorporating some automation is not only practical, but seems a necessary way to manage your following. As long as you offer value I don’t see how you are doing any injustice to your followers. I appreciate the suggestions you have made in this article and was already considering using TweetLater as a resource for using Twitter more effiiciently.

  • February 2, 2010

    @Bruce Wagner:

    I don’t agree with you at all! Just because tweets are scheduled, does NOT mean it’s spam. If you view scheduled tweets as spam, fine. Spam is useless, unvaried, annoying information that goes to hundreds of people.

    Notice the author implied that you should vary your tweets subjects, and it IS personalized when you share an inspirational quote or a favorite video.. the author specifically said not to bore people with constant blog updates — THAT would be spam. If to @Non Diet Mindset… 6 to 8 tweets in a day isn’t really that much (I must be an addict then because I tweet about 8 or 9 not including responses). Retweeting saves time too if you find something you’ll enjoy.

    I appreciate everyone sharing their opinions, however! :)

  • February 4, 2010

    There are days that I find a lot of relevant information (other peoples info) that I want to share. I don’t want to tweet that much info in one day so I schedule some of it into Hootsuite which has “tweet later” capabilities. I believe that you should maintain a consistent presence on Twitter and other SM sites if you want to build trust & credibility. So the days I am busy working with clients or projects, pre-scheduling some of my tweets helps me maintain my presence. I keep an eye on my @ replies periodically through out the day and answer them accordingly so I am still being social and interactive.

  • February 22, 2010

    I am new to twitter and this has been, undoubtedly, the most helpful post I’ve read! Loved it!! Thank you!

  • March 27, 2010

    Very solid advice

  • April 23, 2010

    Thank you for your sensible suggestions!
    having structure is the best way to get the Maximum results!

  • May 26, 2010

    Hmmmm… This article has some interesting points about planning your Twitter activity.

    I’m kind of conflicted about auto-DMs. I decided that if I don’t need to actually send the DM the receiver shouldn’t have to actually read, respond or delete it. It just seemed unfair. BUT…

    I totally agree about timing!

    For what it’s worth, here’s a powerful article I wrote called 14+ ways to find relevant people on Twitter.

    If anyone finds it useful, please let me know.

    -@JoshuaGuffey

  • August 8, 2010

    In my experience 6-8 tweets a day is waaaay too chatty for someone who isn’t a personal friend.

    Emphasize quality over quantity and you will maintain more loyal followers who are more likely to recommend you. You will also avoid coming off as one of those people who in face-to-face conversation is clearly not listening, but merely planning the next thing to say.

    Do you really know that many people who find they aren’t getting enough out of the information firehose? Be respectful of your followers time. Do think before you tweet. Do space out your tweets when you are pulling together a diverse set of themes (for which scheduling can be handy). Do be real, humane, and helpful.

  • September 22, 2010

    9:00 am… Just made coffee
    9:01 am… now making eggs
    9:02 am… waiting for my eggs to cook

    Common guys…lets all make for better tweeting!…A TWEET PLAN is a must…

  • December 9, 2010

    thanks for this, im new to Twitter and it all seems a bit chaotic, plus have tons on other computer related tasks and i have to admit–as chaotic as Twitter seems, its also very compelling! and takes a lot of my time..ill be starting my own Twitter plan now!

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