What Can I Tweet if I Don’t Have My Own Content?
Are you asking yourself, “What can I post on Twitter?” Don’t worry. Even if you don’t have your own content (like a blog posts or videos), you have a number of other options.
Here are a few content ideas you can share on Twitter to gain more followers and increase engagement, even if you don’t have content of your own. Even if you do, these ideas will be helpful and can help round out your social media posting schedule.
If you are really stuck for ideas you can always retweet other people's content. You don't want your Twitter stream to be filled with only content you have retweeted. You want people to be retweeting your content.
One of the easiest things to post on Twitter is quotes. You can easily find hundreds, if not thousands, of quotes by doing a simple Google search. You can get leadership quotes, funny quotes, inspirational quotes… the list is endless.
Simply copy and paste some of the quotes into your feed. Quotes are so easy for other people to retweet.
Here are a few you can use (Click on the ‘click to tweet' link and it will post straight out into your feed):
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust <<Click to Tweet>>
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. – Epictetus <<Click to Tweet>>
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain <<Click to Tweet>>
Images with quotes are also very popular. According to Buffer, visual content is 40 times more likely to be shared than other types of content. You can easily create a graphic with a quote or interesting statistic on it using a free, easy-to-use program like Canva or PicMonkey. (Watch this video to learn how to use PicMonkey.)
Here is one I created using Canva:
If you want to live a more fulfilling life, you need to be totally honest with yourself about what you want. pic.twitter.com/m9QOCw0frS
— Stacey Myers (@staceylmyers) July 17, 2016
Other People’s Content
Sharing the blog posts of other people in your industry is also a great idea.
You can share the entire post with a link. If there is room you can also add a comment about what you thought of the post.
Another option is to pull key ideas from their post and turn those into tweets. Add to the tweet the name of the person that wrote the post. Even better, for both of these options, is to find their username on Twitter and add that to the post. That way they will know you are sharing their content. It is a great way to build relationships.
If you are retweeting posts you can use the ‘Retweet with Quote' feature to add your own thoughts.
Share tips and information for the industry or niche you are in. If you are in beauty, you could be sharing skin care tips or how to put on makeup. If you can’t think of anything yourself to do you can always do what we already talked about – share other people’s information on the topic.
If you are sharing other people's tweets, make it easy on yourself and add people to a Twitter list. That way you can find all the people that tweet about similar topics in one place. Adding people to a list is another way to start building relationships with them.
I haven’t really used them in my marketing but I see a lot of people use GIFs. This one here only took me a few seconds to tweet.
That thing you want to do but you aren't sure if you can… pic.twitter.com/stMelRsAZm
— Stacey Myers (@staceylmyers) July 17, 2016
You can find GIFs easily when you tweet from the Twitter platform. Click to send a tweet, write in what you want to say and then click on the GIF icon. Here you can search for anything you want. Click on the one you like, it will upload and then click tweet to send.
I'm a Twitter strategist and I support online entrepreneurs to create twitter strategies to gain more leads and exposure for their business. It is easy for me to talk about Twitter but we don’t want to be talking business all the time.
We all have interests outside of our business. What do you think your community might be interested in? Is it beauty, fashion, travel or maybe keeping fit?
You can also post content around some of those topics – photos or information that would be of interest.
Here is an example of a post you could tweet (see how I added in my own comment as well as the link to the blog post):
Heading to Australia? Here are a few places to visit: https://t.co/pHVqxbF0Vy Snorkeling on the reef was a highlight for me!
— Stacey Myers (@staceylmyers) July 18, 2016
You can post random facts, questions or funny snippets. Any of those kinds of things, they are going to be well received. Google is such a wealth of information – you can find content on any topic you can think of.
Here are a few you can use (just click on the link beside it and it will post out onto your Twitter):
Great ideas! I love posting quotes and random facts.
Random facts get good interaction!
Great tips. This can be a big problem – not knowing what to post on twitter/facebook. This gives some new ideas. Thanks!
My pleasure! It can sometimes be difficult to come up with ideas for what to post.
To me, Twitter is all about showing up. When your followers don't see you for a while, they unfollow. Particularly if they are using an app to monitor inactivity. I completely agree with your recommendation to show up everyday. 🙂
Yes, it is easy to be forgotten on any of the platforms.
Great tips for tweeting. Being an author, when quoting others, I like to quote other authors from Goodreads.com.
What a great idea! I sometimes use quotes from Goodreads, but only if they come up in Google. I might have to go there and have a good look.
Some great tips here, Stacey. They also apply to Facebook!
Thanks so much and yes, they do also apply for Facebook.
WOW. I love all of these ideas. I use a lot of these strategies. I haven't used GIF's yet though and will start now that I know where to find them!
I think GIF’s are a secret little treasure. I will be using more of them also.
Agree, quotes and curated content are always good. 🙂
Yes, and they don’t take a lot of time to put together.
Really good content here. I am working my twitter to get it better, and this will help.
YAY!! It makes me happy to know you can use the information.
So many great ideas here! I do use quotes often and share industry content but could do more lifestyle posts. One thing that has worked well is posts about Arizona..my home state
Thanks for stopping by. Lifestyle posts are easy to forget but people do like to see a change from all the business chat. I be there are some great things to post about Arizona.
Awesome.. I am doing everything right… except, like you… I am not big on the Gifs… for some reason. Thanks for the recap!
Great Ideas. Thank you.
Thank you! My pleasure!