Basic Twitter Tips to Help You Tweet Smarter

There are tons of people joining Twitter every day and more people who have questions about how to make their Twitter Experience a Smarter Experience.  Below are some Basic Twitter Tips to Help You Tweet Smarter.

  • Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer – Make sure that your profile pic. is a real picture of you or your brand’s logo.  The pic. should be a tight shot, preferably a head-shot, no full-lengths or far-away shots.  Don’t waste your time with the Avatars; you’re too unique to have some computer-generated version of you.  Your profile pic. is one of the most important aspects of your twitter profile.  Tweeps need to know who you are before they connect with you or listen to what you have to say.  Remember there are 20 Types Of Twitter Profile Pics.
  • Repeat What I Just Said – If you want to be re-tweeted there are a some things to keep in mind: Leave 18-20 characters available in your tweet; in addition to tweeting valuable, breaking, interesting, funny, inspiring, random and consistently good content.
  • You’ve Got Mail, You’ve Got Me Confused – Don’t confuse Twitter with e-mail.  Stop thinking that you have to answer every tweet, read every tweet and when you miss some tweets stop feeling like your inbox is full.  Imagine Twitter as a River and Not as a Lake… Twitter is not email!
  • What’s My Name – You should use your real name or brand name as your Twitter @ name.  If your real name is not available, try using some combination of your name with the underscore or last name first etc.  Similar to the dot.com boom, getting your name will prove to be valuable as time progresses; go ahead and secure your kids names as well.  No one really understands your attempted cool names like: @mrbigshotguru@livingforchangetoday @johniscool @itweetabunch @MrsMrsexymama…  Even President@BarackObama uses his real name.
  • Remember The Platinum Rule – Platinum is a more precious and popular metal than gold, so we will change the rule formally known as The Golden Rule.  The bottom line is treat people how you want to be treated: respond when necessary, occasionally RT others, be helpful, be nice, don’t be a twitter snob, be kind, have a sense of humor, don’t be a jerk (insert song) “You’re A Jerk!” etc.

Share your thoughts on the list.  What Twitter Basics can you add to the list?

  • Sean George

    Well Said Scott! Good advice especially for Twitterheads like you and I!

  • Tabitha

    Platinum rule is Superb.
    every twitter shuld fallow..
    lot of youngsters tweets are d-grading..
    Thanks..for the tips.

  • Nice article, Scott; I agree with each of your points.

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  • That was a great post! I’m 21 and used to most social media but only just got into twitter when I started up my business recently.

    Great comment about leaving 18-20 characters which would give potential retweeters some space. Something I hadn’t considered!

    One thing I would add to the list is not sending more than 3 tweets at once. To me that is true overkill on my home page and will simply unfollow those people.

    Rich

  • That’s good stuff Scott! Thanks for the info! I have been enjoying reading your post!

  • Great primer. The image of a river instead of a lake just freed me. Thanks Scott!

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  • Anthony Eusebio

    Thx! Scott:) These are really good points not only for me to improve myself but also precious tips for new comers. No one had ever done this kind of good advices before. Good job! Brotha:) God bless! ^^

  • Josee Mchunu

    Wow! Thank you for a thoughtful article, it’s such a great idea. You’ve touched on and clarified a few things about Twitter that I have taken foe granted, i.e prof pic.

    I’m definetly making some changes. Thanx.

    Josee

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