Dear Twitter friends: I’m not an expert by any means, but I have seen some people asking about how to be more Twitter successful. Here are a few things I’ve learned in case you’re curious.
First, be selective of who you follow. I know a lot of people who will just follow anyone in hopes of connecting and getting a follower in return. Check their Twitter bio, research them if you don’t know who they are or their bio isn’t informative. If you’re in the film business, IMDB them.
Second, Be sure your bio lists whatever your business affiliation is in the first line. I want to follow people in the film and writing industry, but it you don’t have either of those listed somehow in your bio, I often will pass up on the return follow so I can take time to research you later. And you don’t want to get lost in the cracks if the other person is really busy.
Third, you want genuine followers who will interact with you. By that, I mean you don’t want to just have followers for the numbers. You want people to talk to you, share with you. Like your posts, Retweet and vice versa.
Fourth, to GET those genuine followers (returned Follows), you HAVE to network. Don’t post on Twitter and simply wait for your hundreds or thousands of followers to comment if YOU aren’t doing the same. You must comment and interact with people you follow and aren’t return followers, yet, as well as those you currently follow. The last thing you want is for people to stop following or caring about what you post.
Fifth, post engaging topics. Retweet stuff you care about or what you feel is important. Be true to yourself and you’ll get the genuine followers you want with similar interests.
Follow up, I do NOT have a ton of followers, this is true. I’m not saying this will happen overnight. It will NOT! That’s just how things work. A successful Twitter networking account can NOT gain thousands of followers overnight. You may find later you have thousands of followers but no interaction, which doesn’t make for a successful following.
Please please please don’t think that I am assuming that I’m an expert, I know I’m not. I’m just sharing what I’ve learned so far. I’m sure something will change later and if something is working for you, please share with the community. Good luck, everyone!