To that end, I thought I’d post a list of quick tips to get started on Twitter, and ask all the Twitter experts out there to chime in with what you’ve found has worked for you.
- Make your user-name your own so people can find you easily, and include an avatar: most people prefer a photo so they can see a real, live human being.
- Include something to do with writing in your bio – and remember to make your bio reflect your brand.
- Don’t be afraid to jump in and interact with people – the key is to build relationships.
- Downloading a program like TweetDeck allows you to organise columns and keep track of new followers. You can also add a column with a search for your name.
- Find another tweeter who writes a similar genre and is popular on Twitter, and follow their followers. Most times, people will follow you back.
- Re-tweet links and other tweets you find interesting or to show support.
- Don’t treat Twitter as a one-way broadcasting system. You can tweet about your books etc but it should only account for a very small proportion of your overall tweets.
- Follow people back when they follow you.
- Be consistent and try to choose two different times to be on Twitter, if possible, to connect with different time zones.
- Don’t be afraid to jump in and join conversations. It’s a great way to get people to notice you.
- Keep scheduled tweets to a minimum. People want to connect with you, not your Amazon buy links. Quite often when I get up in the morning, my tweet-stream is filled with scheduled promo tweet after scheduled promo tweet from North America. I’m sure it’s the same in reverse, and it can quickly get tiring if that’s all you see from that person.
- When someone follows you, don’t DM them a buy link to your book or ask them to like your Facebook page.
- Be genuine, warm and positive. Remember, what you say on Twitter is public.
Your turn! I’d love to hear others’ tips and tricks for Twitter.