Last Updated on: May 23rd, 2014
Twitter is one of the most widely used social media networks, and I’m learning to be a better, more frequent Tweeter, thanks to Joanna Penn, who encouraged me to use SocialOomph, and Max Christian Hansen, who put together an ebook that’s super-helpful.
I more than doubled my followers in less than two weeks using Max’s guide, and even tried used the free version of SocialOomph to schedule some my tweets. (The free version runs on a two-week trial period.) I didn’t particularly like scheduling my tweets, but I thought I’d try it. I discovered that I much prefer tweeting on my own, although I can see some benefit to scheduling SOME tweets.
I have also used Ashley Faulkes’ advice, which is to improve the quality of your tweets, and I used ManageFlitter to help “unfollow” people who have no interest in following you back. These strategies should be used in conjunction with Max’s guide.
Thanks to Max and Ashley, I have nearly tripled my Twitter following in the last couple of months. Since six months ago, I have multiplied my following by nearly twenty times.
Let’s look at some facts:
At the beginning of April, I had 56 followers.
Four months later, at the beginning of August, I had roughly 356.
Two weeks later, in mid-August, I had 551.
1.5 months later, I have over 1010.
In mid-October, I had over 1125. Of course, some of my followers were gained due to the #FF, which means
Follow Fridays. It seems that people use this hashtag to tell others about cool peeps to follow. (More on this below…)
If you are a visual person, take a look at chart I created. You can see for yourself how drastic these results are!
To Schedule or Not To Schedule Tweets?
I never thought that I would be one to schedule my tweets. I did not schedule all of them, but I did schedule some of them. It took me an hour to input a week’s worth of tweets. I mixed it up, promoting others, promoting my blogs, tweeting quotes, and saying stuff of my own.
The experts say to use different rules or ratios for this. For example, using the 60/20/20 or the 80/20 or the 70/30 rule. Whichever way you look at it, the larger numbers represent the promotion of others’ content and the smaller numbers represent the promotion of your own. Getting caught up in the numbers is not for everyone – and I don’t, really – but I do try to promote others more than myself. It’s really true that people like givers. It’s also true that by giving, you will get. However, you will not get if you don’t give. It’s that simple. Also, you don’t want to seem needy, or spammy – no one likes a spam whore! 😉
Learning to be a better Tweeter takes time. I’ve been at it for months. Sometimes, I forget to tweet. That’s when scheduling comes in handy, I guess. You can get people to see your face daily, even if you are sick in bed with the flu, out for dinner, or visiting family or friends. Scheduling allows you to be in two places at the same time! In that respect, scheduling is awesome! 😀
Generally, I share good articles when I come across them. I tweet when I remember. I try to mention someone each week, and I try to RT (retweet) good content. Of course, I always check out the site before RT-ing something! I don’t want to be associated with promoting something I don’t like, or promoting a site that is flagged as ‘red’ by my WOT (Web of Trust) browser add-on.
I’m still learning, though, how to be a better Tweeter.
Recently I learned that using the hashtag FF (#FF) will get you introduced to popular, active, awesome Tweeters. If you click on someone’s handle, you will be brought to their page, where you can choose to follow them. Did you know this? If so, great! 🙂 If not, now you do!
Learning to be a better tweeter takes time, patience, and practice. If you are committed to growing your following, impressing people with numbers, and/or building an author platform, then investing some time into learning the tricks of the Twitter trade is something I’d advise you to do. It’s nice when total strangers mention you or retweet your tweets. Of course, many will “favourite” your tweets, too. (This is equivalent to “liking” something on Facebook or on WordPress! Or so I’m told.)
As always, I’d appreciate a social share and/or a comment. Looking at my stats to see if people are reading my blog posts is just not the same as interacting with you.
Are you a good Tweeter? What strategies do you use? Please share your thoughts in the comment section! Thanks!