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7 Ways to Increase your Influence on Twitter

by EzyBlogger on February 21, 2012 · 9 comments · Social Media


7 Ways to Increase your Influence on Twitter

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.

Stay Regular

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.

Provide Value

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.

Use Hashtags

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.

Make Lists

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.

Have Conversations

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.

Be Courteous

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.

Retweet

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.

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1 lisa February 21, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Consistency is important as well as sharing others good info. Is there a way to tweet out to your lists too?

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2 Roseli A. Bakar February 21, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Thanks for stopping by Lisa. Yes, consistency are very important too. Sharing good infos are vital to be great on twitter. Sharing is caring.

I know that you can tweet to a list but all your other followers will be able to see the tweet too.

Here’s from Twitter Help Center – ” You can link to any Twitter List by mentioning it as you would any Twitter user, just add a forward slash “/” followed by the list name to list owners username: @[username]/[list-name] (example: @SchauerTime/News) “

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3 Gail Gardner February 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Have you tested this? If you tweet to a list does that tweet show up as an @User tweet to everyone on the list? If it does that is HUGE news. HUGE!

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4 Gail Gardner February 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

That FAQ says you can MENTION a list – not that it would tweet TO the people on that list which is what I believe Lisa was asking and what I’m wondering about.

Have you seen my Twitter Best Practices post that is a round-up of all my Twitter related strategies. I have one on there for how to have a consistent presence on Twitter. I linked this comment to that post.

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5 EzyBlogger February 25, 2012 at 8:22 PM

No Gail I haven’t tested this.

I think mentioning and tweeting to the list will get the same result doesn’t it ? I should try this…

You have a great list of tutorials there Gail :)

6 Ileane February 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Hi Roseli, excellent article! I love when people include on on their Twitter lists. It’s interesting to see what lists I’ve been added to. This also helps with your SEO and branding. Thanks for all the advice.

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7 Roseli A. Bakar February 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Hi Ileane. I love it too when people add me to their list. I’m sure they are grateful too when I add them to my list :)

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8 Karen Marie Shelton February 24, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Hi Roselli,
This is such a great article. So many people jump into Twitter and do it haphazardly that it actually hurts them in the long run. Once something in on the Web, it’s there forever and the same is true with Twitter. Which it is so important to Tweet with care, manners and interesting content.

I am enjoying reading all your articles. Excellent content. I applaud you.

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9 Roseli A. Bakar February 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Hi Karen,

Twitter is an important site for us who are doing business on the internet. Do it right and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

Thanks for dropping by :)

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