101 Twitter Tips

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52) If you make a mistake, apologize
You can delete things using Twitter, but once you publish them, people see them in their feed. If you delete them the people that weren't on, or that didn't record the feed – either via RSS or via a Twitter client, won't get to see them. But it's better to publish a new tweet that corrects the previous one.

53) Search for good advice from other Twitter users
Search for good advice given by your followers, and use that advice when asked about a certain subject, or when your followers ask their followers about a certain subject. You will be seen more that way, and you can give credit, which will help you keep your followers and get new ones.

54) Use giveaways and challenges to boost your promotion
By offering a contest or a challenge to your users – preferably an enjoyable one, you can boost the amount of genuine exposure you will get, and the amount of good free content you will get. You will also strengthen the bond you have with your current followers.

55) Don't be afraid to ask for help or feedback
By asking for help and feedback you will help followers participate, and they will feel good about themselves. They will also get an exclusive preview of something you're working on, which will encourage them to pay attention to your updates, and it will be a great promotion for your creations.

56) Find Twitter pack listings and add yourself to them
By adding yourself to various Twitter packs and groups you will gain targeted exposure in the niches you're working in. You will achieve better publicity that way – people that browse those websites look for people to follow in certain niches. A small amount of visitors isn't a detriment – their quality is what matters.

57) Use Twitter's limitations to point people to your creations
Whether a software product or a blog post – it doesn't matter. You can give people basic advice, using one or several Twitter updates, but Twitter has a limitation of 140 characters per update. Use that limitation as an excuse to point people to places that provide them with specific and thorough answers.

58) Tweet about new things in your niche
The things you tweet about don't have to be connected to your own creations, or your friends and peers' creations. You can tweet about new products, articles and blog posts in the niche or subject that you operate in and that you cover. Being the first to link to good timely content will attract followers.

59) When you can, sign tweets with your name or username
By signing your tweets you will forward people to your account. It will also make it easy for people to quickly understand who wrote that tweet. By helping users understand who wrote interesting tweets, you will gain more attention and eventually more followers. Don't let good tweets go uncredited.

60) Don't be afraid to get personal
By posting what might be considered sensitive information or personal information, you will create a strong link with your followers. Those links will be hard to break and disrupt. If you'll just self-promote and discuss, people won't have a problem unfollowing you, once you stop being useful or interesting to them.

61) Proofread your updates
You don't want people to think that you're stupid or that you are lazy. Take the time to check your updates, or to install a software product that will check them for you. The twitter updates consist of just a short sentence or several, so there is no excuse to not checking them.

62) Become a news source
If you are just one of the many users on Twitter that comment on the news - usually using the same exact words or meaning, people won't read those updates. But if you provide up-to-date news on the subject your Twitter profile focuses on, people will follow you to hear the news and to get your insight.

63) Edit your updates to be short
If your updates are short and catchy they will be easier to read and remember. They will be retweeted more and they will be more attractive. If your updates are broken up into several parts, people won't spend time editing them in order to retweet them.

64) Can you keep it down to one update?
Is the thing you want to say really that important? Can you say it in one update? Can you say it in less? Think about those things when you plan on tweeting something. It will decrease the number of updates your followers will get from you.

65) Be consistent
It is important to be consistent. One way to be consistent is to not update your feed as soon as you can. If you're commenting on something, be smart and wait for all the details. If you will make a mistake, or if you will change your opinion quickly, people will remember that.

66) Don't use 1337 code or shortened words
When you're trying to build a relationship with your followers, you want to present yourself in a professional way. You want people to respect you. Remember that you're not a small child and that being "hip" doesn't attract people – it repels them. Avoid leet-code and shortened words.

67) If you have to use shortened words, use them consistently
You don't have to have a template that fits all of your tweets, but if you intend on using shortened words – such as u instead of you, etc, you need to make sure that they are consistent throughout the entire tweet. Don't mix you & u, are & r.

68) Don't pester followers
Don't ask stupid questions like "what are you doing". People won't answer that and you will look desperate and it will repel people. Instead of trying to force participation and discussion, ask a general question or talk about something that happened to you.

69) Pay attention to trends
You can use the trends that Twitter publishes, or you can use a software product that will check your Twitter feed for you for rising trends. Join in the discussion – it's important to be timely and to be active. Some trends are small but they solidify your relationship with your followers.

70) Start trends
If you'll start trends – even small ones, you will increase your exposure and people will be drawn to your profile if they want to learn more about that trend. Besides, followers will see that you are active and that you're participating, and that you're not just spouting self-promotion at them.

71) Share the secrets of your trade
If you use a certain resource, or if you learned something while working in the area you're in, share it. Some of your followers follow you in order to learn about that industry, and you're just a vessel through which they might get that information.

72) Don't bring back dead topics
People on Twitter will often discuss topics after something specific occurs. After that time and date, they are already spent – they don't want to discuss the matter anymore. They already talked about it with their friends and family and with strangers on Twitter.

73) Get out of Twitter
This might seem weird, but sometimes you need to get out of Twitter. Check out the different applications for computer systems and mobile phones, and see which features they offer. Sometimes you need to leave the thicket, in order to see what you can do in it.

74) Put Twitter clients everywhere!
Put Twitter clients everywhere. In your computer, on your laptop, on your mobile phone, etc. The more places you have Twitter, the easier it will be to manage your feed. It will also help you gain popularity because you will be able to tweet in a timely manner.

75) Make sure you can tweet on the go
If you have Twitter clients on mobile devices, you will be able to expand what you can do with Twitter, You will be able to publish various data from your apps, take pictures and upload them etc. You will also have much more inspiration and stimulation and your creativity will increase.

76) Avoid auto-completion, or change its settings
It is wise to make sure you are taking the best precautions you can take, in order to avoid unreadable text or incorrect one, but autocompletion might backfire. Auto-completion software isn't perfect and it sometimes gets words totally wrong and turns updates into confusing gibberish. Get rid of the "auto"(magic) part.

77) Don't follow more people than you can pay attention to
Like they say – one bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. If you'll follow many people, you will spend your entire time tracking them. Especially if you don't intend to use software products. You will lose many followers that way – by not being up to date.

78) Stop worrying about it and just try
Don't over calculate and speculate regarding something. If something will tank on Twitter, it will be lost on many of the followers, and the rest will forget about it amongst all the other tweets. You can just keep throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Bad ideas don't stay alive for long.

79) Be positive – always
It is important to be positive and to challenge your users to be positive. Familiarize yourself with a subject, and search for the thing you can be positive about. There are enough people that think someone or something is stupid, and those aren't the people you want to attract.

80) Thank people for their insight and ideas
By thanking people it will encourage them to help you out more. Plus – it's just good manners. They will achieve a reward for their actions, plus they'll get exposure in the community. Also, other people will see that, and they'll want that recognition as well, so everyone will participate more and work harder at it.

81) Don't fight against Twitter
If you see that a trend is changing or that a trend is ending, don't go against it. Twitter is all about the most current – it offers quick and short insight or updates about the most up-to-date events, and there are only a few subjects that stay for longer.

82) Share anecdotes
Use Twitter to share anecdotes – preferably funny ones. People will remember the people that make them laugh, and they will follow them and pay attention to them. Use Twitter in order to be a bright spot among the long Twitter updates that a person has to read.

83) Research which Twitter clients your followers use
By asking your followers which Twitter clients they use, you can tailor make your updates. They will be more efficient that way and they will reach a greater audience. If you discover that most people read their Twitter feed on the go, keep it short, otherwise, they'll get distracted quickly.

84) Be quick to follow people that follow you
This might seem stupid or unnecessary, but you need to keep track of the people that follow you. There are a lot of bots and people that follow just to be followed, and then stop following you permanently. But there are people that want to follow you and would like your attention, and if you ignore them they might unfollow you.

85) Fit your updates to your followers
If your followers are mostly located in a certain country, or are most of a certain age group, or are most of a certain religion, you need to target your updates at them – they won't follow or read things that aren't related to them.

86) Know when not to update your feed
Sometimes you need to avoid updating your feed. You need to let people have some peace and quiet, and all you have to do is just tweet a short message. Nothing more during that day or those several days. Be timely. This can be due to a disaster or bad news, or simply – the holidays.

87) Plan for the long-term
Make sure that you pay attention to the trends you cause and to the people you attract. If you want to achieve a certain goal by using your Twitter feed, it is important to plan ahead. Sometimes by trying to be attractive and timely, you stray away from your intended goal.

88) Use external services to track your feed
You need to be timely in order to be active and in order to start conversations. You want to bond with your followers. But sometimes Twitter itself disallows that – it sometimes has fits. Sometimes updates by you or your followers arrive late or get lost. Use something to avoid it - like an RSS reader.

89) Use friends to test updates before you post them
Various individuals, companies, and businesses use members of the general public in order to test the quality of a certain product and to see which reaction it causes. It might sound good in the studio or in your head, but you need to double check. It's hard to self-criticize.

90) Avoid using numbers in your username
If you use numbers people will quickly mistake you for a bot or for a promotional account. They will report you for spam and they will block you from following them. This is the reverse result you want to get. They might also mistake you for a different person.

91) Use short and easy to remember usernames
Don't use usernames like Joe or Millie. They are short but hard to remember and distinguish – especially if people have several people with similar usernames or people with different usernames but the same (or a similar) first name. It makes who wrote what, and who is which confusing.

92) Use descriptive shortened URLs
URLs are often times used to trick people into entering harmful sites or to websites they aren't interested in entering – usually by bots. When you have to use a shortened URL, check to see if you can choose your own link, and make it descriptive of the website it links to.

93) Don't write who you are and what you do, in your updates
Some people often times clutter their feeds with useless information that is already located in their profiles. Don't assume that people haven't read your profile information. They did and they're interested in content - not in spam. They don't require introductions – use your and their time wisely.

94) Post summaries of the week's tweets
It might sound silly, but if you have an ongoing project or raffle, or if you wrote a recent blog post, posting a summary of those events at the end of the week – before the weekend or during the weekend, will remind people of what they can do ñ especially the people that missed the original update.

95) Don't be afraid to use Twitter extras
Twitter websites and products add to the functionality of Twitter. They allow you to find and invite friends, to recommend things, to give a more detailed description of yourself, and to participate in chat rooms. These are all great ways to increase your followers, and to bond with them.

96) Use Twitter products to publish your current status
Twitter isn't very friendly in the chatting area. It is much more suited for a stream of consciousness. But sometimes you want your followers to know if they can reach you and when. You can use a software product to update your profile-text/feed with pre-written messages.

97) Don't limit yourself to the textual
Twitter has great services that allow you to break the limits it places on you. You can post longer tweets and you can also post pictures with a sentence underneath them. That sentence will be tweeted with a link to the photo. A photo is worth 1000 words!

98) Be active with your retweets
When you retweet, don't just retweet passively. The content you are retweeting might be interesting, but people follow you to get your insight or your feedback. By retweeting passively all you're doing is saying to people "here are some interesting people – follow them, not me". 99) Set up conversing via Twitter – not IN Twitter Twitter is a public platform, so conversations are best kept to a minimum. It is more like fishing – you post something and you wait for feedback. If you conduct a conversation with someone on Twitter, all of your followers will see it. It will produce a lot of unwanted clutter for them.

100) Sift through your followers list for dormant accounts
Dormant followers are a great source – they already follow you, but they rarely read the updates of the people they're following. Instead of trying to gain more followers, you can try to maximize your current ones. Wake them up and make them participate. That way you'll have fewer people to keep track of.

101) HAVE FUN WITH TWITTER!
With anything you do if you aren’t enjoying it eventually it will start to show. The more you are actually enjoying yourself the more your followers will enjoy reading your tweets. The more fun you have the more successful you will find twitter.

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