So you have finally joined the world of Twitter and have been tweeting for a few days, but it feels like an echo chamber. Nobody is listening. Here are a few tips to building that niche community of followers – the holy grail of Twitter!
Set up your Twitter profile properly
Make sure you have fully completed your profile. People overlook all the basic settings and just start tweeting and the problem with that is your tweets look like they’re coming from an anonymous robot. Upload an avatar, fill in your city & country, add a small bio about yourself (max 160 characters) and if you have a blog or Facebook profile you don’t mind sharing, add that as your web site. Customise the colours of your profile if you wish, but with the new Twitter design, background and colours have taken a backseat.
Follow some basic Tweeting techniques
There really aren’t any hard fast rules about tweeting, other than be yourself! Be kind to others when possible, credit the source when retweeting an interesting link and try not to retweet multiple retweets to try and have a conversation. Skype and Google Talk are for conversations. At the end of the day, try and add value to your current and future followers. In the blogging world content is king and that same rule applies on Twitter!
Using Twitter on your phone is probably where Twitter is used the most! If you have an iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone, there are a number of Twitter apps you can download that have all the functionality of Twitter’s website built into it. If you still living in the stone ages though, just visit m.twitter.com from your mobile browser and you’ll be tweeting in no time while away from your computer.
Photos on Twitter
Lastly, one of the best ways I have found to get people interested in you and your tweets is to upload and tweet pics from wherever you are. Obviously not boring “here is my bedroom” photos, but pics of interesting things you come across, quirky signs, sports cars, gourmet food and anything weird gets people looking and responding! To upload pics to Twitter, sign up to Twitpic, yFrog or a microblogging service like Posterous. These services all integrate with Twitter and will have you tweeting pics to your followers in no time!
So there you have it. Now go and follow me on Twitter! @JBagley