If you tied me down and threatened to throw a jar of earwigs over me if I didn’t name the first three things a new Twitter user should do … I’d name the following:
1. Don’t be an egghead
Upload a profile image and background design to your new Twitter account. Please! Take advantage of the profile fields and share a biography and URL. This reassures other tweeters when they can find out more about you, and can help boost your Twitter following.
If you’re an individual user, don’t be shy: share a head and shoulders photo. This helps especially when you use Twitter for networking and building your personal profile. If you’re a business, you might use your logo or a photo that captures your most popular product, or a location you’re known for and so on. But ideally, pictures of people work well. Twitter is a people-focused space.
2. Follow at least 50 others
Why 50? Why not? It’s as good a benchmark as any. If you follow just 12 people on Twitter, your feed is likely to be coloured by whoever has the most to say. If your 12 connections aren’t prolific tweeters, it can be quite dull. Sure, follow 30 or 40, but why not work a little more, seek and find 50 Twitter accounts that appear interesting to you, then sit back and enjoy the flavours.
3. Have a conversation
Many of us begin using Twitter quietly: we sit back and read. That’s fine for a while. It can be difficult thinking of something to tweet, and you may even feel stage fright. But you haven’t unlocked the power of Twitter until you’ve started having conversations. Don’t be afraid to tweet other people, to initiate a chat, to interrupt others and offer your point of view (all very politely of course).
What would your top 3 tips be?