25 Hard Learnt Twitter Survival Lessons: Dos and Don’ts!

What are the best Twitter practices an active tweep can carry out to make the best out of his/her overall Twitter usage? How can you gain the trust and retweets of other tweeps? And what are the things that you should avoid doing when you’re using Twitter?

After 2 months of continuously using Twitter, and after reaching 5,000 followers, for which I am very grateful, I decided to share my Twitter experience and squeeze what I learned into 25 pieces of advice that every Twitter tweep could benefit from in his/her search for the ultimate Twitter experience!

The List of To Dos:

  1. Say your thanks: As prayers are important in life, “thank you” mentions are as  important on Twitter!
  2. Send out love and smiles: You might think it’s lame, but gathering a group of people who bring  a smile to your face, through their tweets, and sending them a smile every once in a while makes a huge difference.
  3. Greet Your Fellow Tweeps: – with “good morning” and “good night” messages as often as you can, let people feel that you do care to greet them and not just advertise to them! JohnLusher is a great example of caring tweeps.

    Greet Your Tweeps!

    Greet Your Tweeps!

  4. Personalize! Try to make your #FollowFriday‘s and other similar recommendations more personalized!
  5. Be Creative! Why stick to the traditional already available hash tags and follow recommendations? Create your own! Example: #saturdaynightfever and “fine pple to follow = helpers fun – re-tweeters + more DO follow” recommendations.

    Be Creative!

    Be Creative!

  6. Give Compliments: When you read a good tweet, give time to compliment the tweep who posted it, retweeting is not always enough.
  7. Open links before retweeting them: You don’t want to end up advertising spam or “less than useful” sites or content.
  8. Trust Follow Recommendations - but always check tweep profiles before adding them.
  9. Use #FollowHim and #FollowHer Properly: Personalize the recommendation tweet and say why you think this tweep is worth following, and maybe even give a brief bio about him/her.
  10. Mix Up Your Tweets and Retweets: Try to tweet and retweet a variety of topics and issues, regardless of your main reason for being on Twitter. Example: If you’re an artist and using Twitter to promote your paintings, it is still essential to tweet about recent news issues, marketing related topics and so on.
  11. Add Your Touch! When retweeting, when possible, trying adding a small comment, opinion or even a smiley to show that you sincerely care for the tweep who posted it.
  12. Converse: As often as possible, answer proposed questions and ask some yourself. You’d be surprised how tweeps enjoy and appreciate that two-way more personalized approach.
  13. Be Useful: Share links about valuable information you stumble upon online. TrendTracker is one of my favorite tweeps providing useful and interesting links to all.

    Be Useful!

    Be Useful!

  14. “Retweet others As You Like to be Retweeted”: If you enjoy tweeps retweeting your blog posts or the links and quotes you tweet, do the same for them in return!

    "Retweet Others As You Like to be Retweeted"

    "Retweet Others As You Like to be Retweeted"

  15. Play Nice: If you’d like someone to retweet your post or add you on their LinkedIn network or Facebook friends, ask them politely otherwise they will ignore your request.
  16. Be Subtle: You added someone to your list of followers, what’s the next step? Retweet them to let them know you are following them. Don’t be too obvious by telling them: “Hey, I’m following you, follow me back!”
  17. Follow Active Tweeps: Tweeps with big followers’ numbers are not always available to follow your tweets and proactively engage with you in useful or valuable conversations. Find those who tweet and retweet often about a variety of issues and follow them.
  18. Take Caution: Not every one is interested in having a thousand followers per day! Some actually like to slowly yet surely build their follower base depending on how active, sincere and informative they are.

The List of “No No’s!”

  1. Do Not Send Spam Links: You may be tempted to send links that promote your area of expertise but if they seem like spam, don’t send them. Trust me, they get you unfollowed.
  2. Do Not Depend on Automatic Tweets: Tweet later and automatic tweets are much less time consuming but impersonal and annoying!

    Do Not Depend on Automatic Tweets

    Do Not Depend on Automatic Tweets

  3. Do Not Send Spam or Generic Direct Messages: They make tweeps regret following you and might consider unfollowing you as well.
  4. Do Not Flatter Yourself: Regardless of the number of followers you have, try to be humble and care about what others say and think. You will never know it all!
  5. Do Not Give Up: You tweeted many links or quotes and no one retweeted you? Don’t give up! Tweeps will eventually find and retweet you tweets if they are funny, interesting or informative.
  6. Do Not Ramble! Yes, we are really glad to hear that you are “having coffee” or “going to the gym” every now and then but please keep the details of your “intimate” daily routines to yourself!
  7. Do Not Over Do It: Market your product, service or idea wisely. Don’t push people away by repeating the same tweets over and over again to get noticed!

Finally, I really hope you will benefit from my humble experience and I’d really appreciate it if you can add more advice and tips from your own experiences on Twitter.

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Thank you :) I’m glad you enjoyed it! If you can think of anything I’ve missed, I’d be more than happy to learn from your experience too :)

  • http://www.obviouswriting.com/ Courtney James

    Fantastic advice.

    I'm Tweeting this for my followers.

    A must read.

    Courtney James
    Obvious Writer

  • http://www.on-a-limb.com/ On a limb with Claudia

    Great thoughtful suggestions – thanks! :) It's amazing how finishing school lessons – be polite, say thank you, good morning – are now so appropriate in the 'modern' media

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    What a great observation! I didn't think about it this way! Thank you kindly for your insight and feedback!

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ FadiPick

    Those are great tips, but do you think that sometimes being too nice can be annoying? Is this applicable on Twitter? I mean, yes, I like to be a nice person, and I like to chat with other nice people, but where is the line that people should be careful not to cross?

  • http://twitter.com/skashliwal S K Jain

    As G.B. Stern says Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. Thanks, Thanks & Thanks for bunch of Tips to make any Tweeple wealthy.

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    I'm glad you liked the tips… A for your questions, I think that as long as you are not being intrusive, you're on the right track… The trick is to find the right balance :)

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    It's lovely to see your name in our comments section :) Thank you for being part of the inspiration for this post! Your tweeting habits are sincere and very valuable to learn from!

  • http://twitter.com/skashliwal S K Jain

    “Your home is within You.
    And you are not to search for it.
    You are Your home.” ~ Osho so you inspire people and you see inspiration all around.

  • http://twitter.com/livetorque Arun charles

    Very useful…Every tweep should know these…
    Especially Saying thanks, greeting, and mixing up the tweets and RT's r most important…Healthy tweeting tips…

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    It's my pleasure to know that you found the tips useful :) I hope every tweep could benefit from my experience and avoid the mistakes that will get them unfollowed! Have a great day! :)

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Hey everyone!

    Just now, I found a very interesting article that compliments this post :)

    I'll share it with you in order to guarantee that you get the most value out of combined user experiences :)

    Twitter Etiquette: Five Dos and Don't :) http://www.cio.com/article/480318/Twitter_Etiqu...

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    Loved the post =) Very useful and true information for everyone who tweets .. great work! i might quote this on to my site.. if it's okay with u ..

    @ruhanirabin

  • http://twitter.com/JeanneBehr Jeanne Behr

    Another Do: Take the time to post an avatar, a bio, and a website, if you have one. We want to get to know you and this is a great place to start! :)
    Jeanne

  • http://triplem.host.sk TripleM

    I find it all interesting and true. This is the best twitter advice ever. I really appreciate it. #ThoughtPick

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Hello TripleM! :) I'm glad you do! Have a great Friday :)

  • http://www.hopestudios.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Juniper

    Great post with lots of great info. Your friend connect isn't working and I couldn't add myself to your followers.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnLusher JohnLusher

    A very well written post that identifies the best things to do and the worst things to avoid on Twitter. Great job! Now I may be a little partial since you used me as an example; thank you very much for that; but it does point out that Twitter is like life; listen and engage in conversations. Nothing magical, nothing that you need to pay for, just be yourself!!

    John

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com Amer Kawar

    Hi there. It's working fine from my end, maybe it's a browser issues. Which browser are you using?

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  • http://twitter.com/lovelijah Kitty Cat

    Thank you so much for re-posting :)) This is very helpful to those who are new to Twitter and social networking. I have found myself now submerged into it, and thankful for all of the wonderful people who I'm now surrounded with, and only want to give back all the wonderful kindness they share. Much appreciated :))

  • http://www.joepritchard.me.uk/ Joe Pritchard

    Most interesting. As a Twitter newbie I think I probably break a few of the suggested 'rules of engagement' but hope I do it without upsetting folks too much.

    My own thoughts about Tweeting can be summed up in 'Be nice, be interested, be interesting'. What I mean by this is be polite and civil to people – I try not to be rude about anyone in my Tweets as they may well be reading! Who knows! Be interested – if soemone says something that makes you go 'Ooooh….' then contribute back in some way. Be interesting – in both your tweets and links you post.

    I have my blog geared up to Tweet the new blog entry each day, but that's the only plugging it usually gets from me. I like to think that it's interesting but not so interesting that I need to plug the same blog post 5 times a day. :-)

    Thanks for sharing – I'm trying to improve my style on Twitter and this is useful stuff!!

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