Have you joined Twitter yet? No?! Twitter is a micro-blogging service which allows you to send quick messages (tweets) to fellow users about any number of topics on your mind. Have something to say? Tweet it!
But what if you’re just starting out using Twitter? You have many questions on how the service works, how to gain followers and what ways you can use the service to build a following. If these questions are on your mind, continue reading to learn powerful Twitter tips for new users.
#1: Keep your Tweets to a manageable length
Although you only have 140 characters per message on Twitter, you will need to consider the social aspect of the service. Using up all 140 characters creates a problem when others retweet (share) your message; causing them to edit or outright discard the message.
So what is the best length of a tweet? Keep your messages between 80 – 120 characters in length; this way small comments and names can be included when the message is retweeted.
#2: How to build a following
One of the greatest benefits of using Twitter is to build a following to help promote the information you give.
Building a following does take time and is often misguided through the countless tools to gain you untargeted followers. The point is to find those people that actually want your information and not just for the sake of following.
Dig through Twitter search, listen in on Follow Friday’s, check out who others are following and converse with. Follow the people that network with your own friends and give them information and a conversation that will leave a lasting impression.
It may take some time to build a large following but you’ll know by going after your targeted market that you’ll have a following which actually cares.
#3: How to find content to share
Sharing content is 1/2 of the backbone of Twitter. Besides conversations, people want to use Twitter to find information which can benefit their daily activities and lives.
Finding any content is quite easy but what you’ll need to do is find pieces that actually appeal to your following – generally entertainment pieces, tutorials and other helpful information like news.
The simplest way to find content is to go through the websites you already frequent and share what’s been published. Likewise, you could always see what others have to share, visit the link and find other articles on the same website to share. Finally, follow aggregation services and websites like Digg or Alltop to find hot stories people want to read.
#4: Hash-tag participation and you
Hashtags (#) are a way to tag keywords and topics which people want to keep track of. A normal tweet is hard to follow but hashtags allow others to join in and follow what’s being discussed.
As a rule of thumb, try not to use hashtags for every keyword; try to reserve hashtags for discussion groups or trending topics.
If you see a trending topic or one of your followers talking about a new hashtag discussion, jump in by clicking or adding it to your feed – share information and talk with other people; this is the way you help build your brand, following and impact on social media.