Seven Ways to Increase your Influence on Twitter
Twitter gives you a chance to reach people around the globe. Unless you have restricted your tweets, anyone in the world using Twitter can read your tweets from a computer or smart phone. This allows you to spread your ideas, products or unique brand of services to a potentially large audience.
Like any tool, Twitter works only if you use it effectively. If you do not focus on a specific plan, Twitter can quickly become nothing more than a tremendous way to waste your time. Here are some tips that can help you start to increase your Twitter influence today. But first, a word of caution: increasing your influence on Twitter normally takes time and dedication. If you are looking for a zero effort way to use Twitter, you need to hire a social media pro to do the hard work for you.
Like any exercise program, Twitter is most useful when used on a regular basis, especially daily. If you are inconsistent about how often you tweet, then you cannot expect consistent results. By regularly sending out tweets you maximize your potential reach on Twitter. You might lose followers if you are not on Twitter for days on end, causing those followers to lose interest in you. If you know you are going to be busy, look into the various Twitter management programs that allow you to schedule your tweets ahead of time.
Unless your name is Brad Pitt, nobody really wants to read about what you had for lunch. Keep your tweets interesting and provide some sort of value. Pick a topic or a niche, or a few, for you to tweet about and always remember to stay on topic. If you are a crafting whiz, provide some quick and useful information for creating crafts using your tweets. Also, consider tweeting links to different websites that have useful information relating to your niche.
Hashtags might be one of the hardest things for new Twitter users to learn, but they are invaluable. The hashtag, or the “#” symbol, is used by on Twitter to tag a topic or keyword in a tweet. By using the right hashtags your tweets can reach a larger audience. Some people search for tweets on specific subjects by searching for a specific hashtag. Learn which hashtags are popular for the subjects you are tweeting about. If you are daring, you can even create your own new hashtags once you have gotten the hang of Twitter.
On Twitter you have the ability to create lists of other Twitter users. These lists can categorize other users by the topics they cover, becoming invaluable depositories of information on various subjects. Creating lists that relate to what you enjoy or tweet about can help spread your influence on Twitter, both with the people included on your lists and anyone looking for tweets on those subjects.
Twitter is a great place to put your own ideas out in the public, but don’t make it a one-sided thing. Look through what other people are tweeting and reply to tweets you find interesting. Say something nice or interesting back, and you might be surprised how many people are eager to converse with you. Others can see this back-and-forth and jump into the conversation as well, giving you more interactions and the ability to spread your ideas.
Just because you are online does not mean that all manners go out the window. People will appreciate you more if you are courteous and gracious towards other on Twitter. Remember to say thank you, even if you say it “ty”. If someone mentions you in a tweet, or retweets one of your tweets, acknowledge the good deed. People will remember how nice you were toward them, and many will repay you for it later.
You know how you feel when someone retweets one of your brilliant tweets, spreading it to that person’s many followers? Other people feel the same way when you retweet what they put out on Twitter. That being said, do not just retweet all the time, since this goes against providing value. Retweet what you think is useful or entertaining for your followers, always giving them extra value.