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Friday, September 4, 2009

Making Twitter Friends

So just how do you increase your traffic of followers on Twitter? Well, for me it's simple. It's not about how many followers you have, but how well you communicate with the ones you have.

I have noticed that out of hundreds of friends, very few actually reply back. Most of the time I felt as though I was Tweeting all alone. So just how do you build relationships with people in 140 characters or less? Here are some tips I have found helpful.

-Be genuine, no one likes a fake Twitter friend.

-If you see a quote and like it, RT!(Retweet) It means Pass It On. This is how you RT:
RT @yourfriendsname "their tweet"

-If RTing causes the tweet to be longer than 140 characters, see if you can shorten it without losing the context of the message. Ex: U= You, R= Are 2=To or Two, or too, etc

-Don't add people just to get your name out there. Only add those you really desire to get to know. Relationships are built over time and so much the more if you're only utilizing 140 characters.

-Once you've made a new Twitter friend, visit their blog, if they have one.

-Be sure to log into Twitter on Fridays. When friends use the hashtag for Follow Friday, watch who they're tweeting out. Most likely it's their friends that actually reply back. Go see who they are. If you have something in common, add them. #FF or #FollowFriday

-After adding a friend, thank the one who introduced you and include the new friend's name. Such as : Thank you @sarahmaeblogs for introducing me to @SerenaWoods

-Then say hello to your new friend like this: Hi @SerenaWoods, nice to 'meet' you. @sarahmaeblogs suggested I follow you.

-Go to your new friend's page and find some tweets you can begin replying to. BUT only if you really mean it.

So let's make some new friends shall we? See you on Twitter! And remember this;

"A Tweet Twittership is a Two way Stweet in ReTweeting" ~Sisterlisa :O)

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5 kind words:

Molytail September 4, 2009 at 10:15 PM  

Twitter is awesome ~ and this from a girl who thought the whole thing was silly when she first heard about it LOL .. I've met so many interesting people through their tweets & their followers though ~ heard stories, viewed photos, been given ideas and suggestions for books and recipes and homeschool curriculum, just to mention a few! :-)

leviself September 5, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

Twitter is a microblogging service, and is originally intended for broadcasting yourself, whereabouts, thoughts, etc. It really wasn't made for communications and the sort, that we all make it out to be.

It's hard to really talk and communicate, in 140 characters, and use a client to update the timeline every few seconds, just to see what the other person has said.

It's great for reaching out and meeting new people, especially those in different timezones. But I have found that Jabber is the best instant message protocol for communicating live. There isn't any character limit, and you are only delayed by how fast the person can type. So you can really talk about alot of things very quickly. It's the next best thing to actually talking in person! =)

Sarah Mae September 5, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

Fantastic post! Well done! {clapping and smiling!}

Sisterlisa September 6, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

Thanks for posting your thoughts Levi. I don't expect that any of us will build deep abiding relationships in tweets 140 characters or less. But it's a great way to network and get introduced to other people with like minds. It's great when their profiles have their blog links.

Sisterlisa September 6, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

I agree Molytail.

Thanks SarahMae. :O)

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