Transcript of "8 Useful Tips To Become Successful With Twitter"
8 Useful Tips To Become Successful With Twitter Dynasty Web
1. Above All, Keep It Personal www.DWSsite.com
Although Twitterers like CNN breaking news have been very successful, generally,
corporate Twitter accounts are a mistake. Twitter is about person-to-person communication
and not a broadcast tool for faceless corporations. To use it in that way is to miss the potential of
CNN Breaking News Twitter Page
Does that mean you cannot have a Twitter account for your organization? Not at all. For
example, if John Boardley created a Twitter account, you may not recognize the name. However,
if he used the name ILoveTypography, you would be more likely to follow because you know
the I Love Typography website.
It is not the name that matters so much as the tone of the posts. Tweets should be more than an
endless string of press releases and links. They should include personal content and a dialogue
This is important because it enables you to make a connection with your followers. An open and
honest relationship with followers is very powerful. It builds trust, loyalty and engagement. It
encourages repeat traffic and word-of-mouth recommendation.
2. Learn From Others
I have learned a lot about Twitter just by reading the tweets of those I admire. Merlin Mann, for
example, injects a lot of humor into his posts, and his followers really respond to that. Darren
Rowse, on the other hand, strikes a good balance between recommending Dynasty Web
content others have written and promoting his own posts. Solutions
TweetStats.com allows you to build up a picture of how successful twitterers use the service.
In addition to examining the styles of others, you could also examine statistics. Use a tool like
TweetStats to examine how often others tweet and how often they reply to their followers. All of
this helps to build a picture of what makes a successful tweeter.
There is also a growing number of great websites that give advice on how to get the most out of
Twitter. One of my personal favorites is TwiTip, which covers such subjects as “The Merit of
Twitter Competitions” and “How to Get Unfollowed on Twitter.”
3. Get A Good Desktop Client
Without a shadow of doubt, the most powerful Twitter client currently available is TweetDeck.
This AIR application not only runs on Windows, Mac and Linux, but also provides a range of
superb tools for managing your life on Twitter.
TweetDeck is the most powerful desktop Twitter tool available
With TweetDeck, you can create groups, filter tweets, monitor certain subjects as well as post
tweets, replies and retweets. In fact, it is so powerful that it can be somewhat intimidating at first.
Don’t let that put you off. Check out this short tutorial on TweetDeck’s core features, and you’ll
be up and running in no time.
4. Use Twitter On The Road
If your Twitter account is going to be personal as well as professional, then you will almost
certainly want to use it on the road. One option is simply to use Twitter’s mobile website.
However, if you are fortunate enough to have an iPhone, then there is a wealth of Twitter clients
available to you.
I have paid for and tried almost every Twitter client on the iPhone, but the winner hands down is
Tweetie. I love Tweetie. It has a clean, easy-to-use interface and yet is packed with powerful
features, including the ability to:
handle multiple Twitter accounts,
navigate reply chains,
view Twitter trends and perform custom searches,
access complete user profiles.
In many ways, it is even better than TweetDeck because it has much of TweetDeck’s power but
in a much cleaner interface. If only they made a desktop application!
5. Tracking The Results
TweetStats is just the tip of the statistical iceberg. There is an ever-growing number of tools you
can use to track your activity on Twitter. However, the ones that really interest me are those that
track click-throughs. What I really want to know is, if I post a link on Twitter, how many people
If the link points to one of my own websites, I could use Google Analytics’ URL tagging tool.
However, this is somewhat fiddly and only works if I am linking to my own website. What’s
more, these URLs can get long, which is a problem when you’re limited to 140 characters.
Fortunately, there is a tool called TwitterBurner, which solves these problems. It shortens URLs
and tracks all click-throughs, even to websites you do not run yourself. Best of all, it is now
supported directly in TweetDeck (although not in Tweetie, unfortunately).
6. Follow And Be Followed
Always remember that Twitter is a two-way conversation. A big part of successful tweeting is
replying to those who tweet you. Twitter is not just about who follows you, either. It is also
about who you follow. One service I find particularly useful is Mr Tweet. Mr Tweet provides
two type of information:
first, it suggests people you might want to consider following, because they fall within your
broader network (i.e. people who are followed by your friends),
secondly, it suggests those from your list of followers who you should follow back.
For each of these people, it provides various statistics, including:
the number of followers they have,
the chances of them replying to you,
how often they update.
This is a great way to extend your network of contacts and increase the chances that your tweets
will be retweeted. It’s also a great way to meet new people!
7. Integrate Whenever Possible
If you intend to use Twitter for anything other than personal use, it needs to be incorporated in
the rest of your Web strategy. That means it needs to link to your other online activity, including
your website and other social networks. There is no shortage of tools to help you do this, from
the basic Twitter widget to a tool for sending your tweets to Facebook.
One tool that caught my attention is called TwitterFeed. It posts content from an RSS feed to
Twitter, which is a convenient way to update your followers on new posts. However, use any
tool that automatically posts to Twitter with caution. It can easily become annoying if used too
much. Also, it lacks the friendliness of a personal post.
8. Don’t Over-Think It
Of course, the problem with all these tools, statistics and analysis is that they can suck the
spontaneity and personality from your tweets. While some of those late-night drunken tweets are
best left behind, you want to avoid making your tweets too sterile.
Let me explain. I am naturally a fairly good public speaker. However, once I attended a public
speaking workshop. The instructors taught me about all of the techniques that make for an
exceptional speaker. However, instead of improving my skills, they made me so amazingly self-
conscious that I was paralyzed. I started over-analyzing what I was doing.
The danger is the same with Twitter. Sure, Twitter can be used as a marketing tool, but that
doesn’t mean it cannot be fun too. Don’t let articles like this suck the joy out of tweeting!