Starting Conversations on Twitter
It can be a bit frightening when you are first on Twitter to reach out to people and strike up a conversation. In show #2 I talk through a variety of ways to start those conversations -whether you are responding to something someone else posted or if you are initiating the conversation yourself.
Here is a list of some of the ideas covered in the show. Each point is elaborated further with additional ideas.
- Retweet other people's posts – either with a question/comment, or without. (Listen to my word of warning on retweeting links.)
- Answer a question that has been tweeted.
- Make a comment about something that has been tweeted.
- Favourite someone’s tweet.
- Jump into a conversation – use the search or a hashtag. (Again, a word of warning here.)
- Thank people for retweets
- Welcome new followers.
- Use their bio to give you something to talk about.
- Add people to a list. (I teach you how to create Twitter lists in this video.)
- Send a Follow Friday tweet (Make sure you don't make this mistake!)
- Ask a question.
- Give someone a compliment.
These are just a few of the ways to start connecting with people on Twitter.
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I would love to hear other ways that you are reaching out to people on Twitter. Be sure to leave your ideas in the comments section below.
#FollowFriday – No.1 Biggest Mistake People are Making
Every Friday you will see all over Twitter – #FF or #FollowFriday. Follow Friday is used for people to recommend other twitter users that they think people should be following. To participate in this, all you need to do is put that person’s username and #FF or #FollowFriday in the tweet somewhere.
A common mistake that people make is to just put loads of usernames in a tweet and tweet that out. It looks something like this –
I do not think this is using the #FF concept to the greatest advantage. I never follow any of the people on the list when I see those kinds of posts. It is nice that someone would put you, or me, in such a post, but I it does not yield many extra followers.
What works much better is if you say why you might want to follow those people –
Looking for other writers to network with – you should follow …
Interested in social media – check out ….
Needing to work on your relationship…
At least then the names have some context and you can check them out if their area of expertise is of interest to you.
Here are some great examples that I found on Twitter:
does a great job of recommending 4 people and telling you why you should follow them.
also does a great job and she makes use of a hash tag also.
The guys from Whitehead and Aldrich @WA_Accountants
have promoted only one person in their #FF shoutout. But you can clearly see why they have recommended them, and if I was in need of a bookkeeper I would definitely check them out.
Awww – this one I just thought was really sweet as Michael @michael_schlact
sent out a #FF for his wife.
That should give you some ideas of different ways you can promote people on #FF without just adding a whole lot of names to a tweet.
If you are looking for a tool to help you, check out Follow Friday Helper
. It shows you a long list of people you may want to recommend, based on the interactions you have had with them on twitter. Very handy little tool!
How are you using Follow Friday to recommend people or gain more followers?
Leave your comments below!!
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