Twitter Tips for my Tweeps

February 1, 2013 by Jenny Melrose

It’s all about fast and simple when it comes to posting to social media, so here are some quick Twitter tips.

Twitter Tips

 

1.  Interact on Twitter with others.  Twitter is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make a connection with people.  You have 140 characters to get your question or statement out there and the easiest way to do it is to compliment someone on a post or tweet that they have created.

2.  There are two major symbols that you need to know with Twitter.  You’ll need to use @ before someone’s name and the # sound before a topic or category.  The majority of the time the # symbol is used to track a particular conversation, such as a Twitter party or sponsored tweet.

3.  Twitter Parties are the bomb dot com.  A lot of brands will host a Twitter party and use a hashtag (#) to help keep track of the conversation.  You’ll need to put the hashtag category into the search portion of twitter so that you can follow the conversation and interact easily. Twitter parties are a great way to interact with other bloggers as well as brands.  The parties are usually scheduled for a particular day and time so you’d need to find out about the party from the host or hostess.

4.  A quick question on Twitter can easily spark your creative juices.  I’ve had ideas for posts and needed a little added spark for them so I’ve posted questions on Twitter to get responses.  For example, for my Fall Tasting Party, I posed the question “What is the first appetizer that pops into your head when you think of Fall?”  The number one response was apple pie, which gave birth to my Mini Apple Pies.

5.  RT is your friend!  If you’re new to Twitter, you have no idea what RT means.  It stands for ReTweet and takes place when someone else shares your tweet to their audience.  A retweet of a tweet gives the tweet new life and quite possibly an entirely new audience.

6.  The @ symbol makes it super easy to know who is talking about you and when.  If I was to share a tweet about my fabulous cohost for Whimsy Wednesdays, Kelly from Smart School {House}, the tweet might look like “Have you seen the gorgeous flameless rose tea lights from @SmartSchoolHous http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/2013/01/diy-flameless-rose-tea-lights.html”  Kelly would know that I posted this tweet by checking her connect or @ section within Twitter.  She would then RT this post to her audience so that it would receive a second exposure.

7.  Link your other social media outlets.  Your posting on other social networks.  Why not have it so that when you do it sends out a tweet as well?  This is why in my 8 Tips for Optimizing Pinterest I recommended including your twitter handle in the title of your picture.  The twitter button is right there to be clicked and like number 6 stated, you want to know when others are talking about you.

8.  Keep your avatar and profile info consistent to your other social media outlets.  The picture or avatar in Twitter is very small so it’s important to keep it consistent.  All of my social media outlets have the same picture on them (G+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc).  I want people to quickly recognize that it’s me.  I think it’s important to have that same picture on your blog as well.  Keep it consistent!

If you missed any of the posts from my Social Media Series, you can catch up here:

    Comments

  • Ashley


    Love this series Jenny! Even though I’ve been on twitter, I picked up some good hints!

    • Jenny Melrose


      I’m glad I could help Ashley. Thanks so much for stopping in.

  • Carli


    These are all great! I only recently started putting my Twitter handle on my pics for pins.

    Once someone is comfortable with Twitter, I’d recommend using HootSuite to manage your social media accounts. Makes things so much easier.

    • Jenny Melrose


      I definitely agree with using hootsuite. I need to start to get better about scheduling my social media.

  • Debbie


    I’m on Twitter, but just can’t grasp it. I bet my problem is I don’t get there often enough, and I’m still not sure how to/what to tweet. I have so much else to do, I forget about this social spot.
    Debbie 🙂

  • Darcy


    Good tips for beginners!

  • Heather @French Press


    I LOVE these helpful series of posts, I always learn SO much

  • Christina at I Gotta Create!


    Thanks for the tips ~ pinned ’em!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  • Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life


    Thank you for these Twitter Tips. They really helped me understand Twitter better. Now I need to branch out and find friends and readers who also Twitter. It seems like there is never a dull moment for bloggers. 🙂

  • Nicole


    Thanks for the tips! I need all the twitter help I can get 🙂

  • Deborah


    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve pinned and plan to come back and read more. I get facebook, I get pinterest, but twitter has eluded me. I need to learn more!
    Have a great week!
    Deborah

    • Jenny Melrose


      Thanks so much Deborah. It’s all about playing around with it to become more comfortable. Social media can get overwhelming though so try to focus on the biggest bang for your buck, which are G+ and Pinterest (in my opinion).

  • Dena Barrie


    Thanks for the twitter advice! Sometimes in the crazy social media world it’s easy to get lost!!
    Great blog

    • Jenny Melrose


      I’m glad I could help. I’d love it if you decided to subscribe by email for free that way you can have all my latest posts and tips dropped right in your inbox.

  • Randi - Dukes and Duchesses


    Great tips!

  • Emily Benson


    This is soo great. Thanks for sharing all the ins and outs of twitter!

  • Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.com


    Thanks for these tips. I have a twitter account for my blog but rarely use it because I was so clueless. I have pinned your post and will study up on it to become a more active tweeter. That’s the correct term, right?

  • Jen @ The Yellow Brick Cottage


    I totally needed this! I just signed up for Twitter for my blog and I feel so lost between it and all of the other Social Media sites. Thanks for your tips!

  • Alli


    As always, your posts are full of so much uesful information. My head is usually swimming trying to keep up with all the social media, and then you’ll write a post and almost always something will click in my brain regarding the social media medium you’re writing about.

  • Amanda


    thanks for these tips! I am on Twitter, and know I do not utilize it as I should for my blog. I get a little intimidated on Twitter, so these are good reminders.
    Amanda

    • Jenny Melrose


      I’m glad I could help Amanda. If you run into any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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