Sometimes it’s hard to find something worth tweeting about, or you might just be overwhelmed. So for those looking for inspiration, they should do the following; select 3-5 “pro Twitter users” and 3-5 “lite or less popular users” so that you can look to them for inspiration or you can just RT or reply to one of their tweets.
The people that you pick would need to:
- Post less than 15 tweets a day
- Have a fairly equal conversations to links ratio
- Talk about topics that you feel passionate about
- The less popular users need to be someone you know or have some relationship to
Put those people in a list and make it a daily habit of checking, interacting and replying to those people. This will not only get you active on Twitter, adding those people whom you have a relationship to will make your experience on Twitter more authentic and real. You can also use Tweepi to filter and choose people to add to this list.
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Being limited to a 140 characters makes it challenging to get your entire message through in a single tweet. While of course you can use the (cont.) at the end of the tweet and just continue your message in the next tweet, that makes it hard for others to reply to and retweet your message.
Therefore, the best solution is to become a master of shorthand. Using common abbreviations will help you utilize every inch of your Twitter real estate. Usually, I don’t use them in my discussions on Twitter but some openings in shorthand are very handy.
Some useful abbreviations that I use:
AFAIK – As Far As I Know
IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
4WIW – For what it’s worth
AYTMTB – And You’re Telling Me This Because
You can find more shorthand on Netlingo.
Nothing says I know what I’m doing as much as using keyboard shortcuts to interact quickly with Twitter. Let’s admit it, there is something purely geeky about using a keyboard when you can just point and click these days but actually knowing a few Twitter keyboard shortcuts might provide you with extra functionality and help you get the job done quicker.
The keyboard shortcuts are available by pressing ‘?’ on the Twitter website and are broken into three categories.
They have also expanded them to include the following;
- j/k to move between the next and previous tweets
- Enter to drill down into or close a selected tweet
- space to page down
- Shift+space to page up
- / to jump to the search box
- . to refresh and jump back to the top
- g then h to go home
- g then r to go to your replies/mentions
- g then p to go to your profile
- g then f to go to your favorites
- g then m to go to your direct messages
- g then u then search to view any user’s timeline
Actions for Individual Tweets
- f to favorite a tweet
- r to reply to a tweet
- t to retweet
- m to send a direct message
- n to compose a new tweet
- Escape to cancel a compose window, dismiss the help window
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After years of using AOL, MSN, Yahoo! and other IM’s, everyone has grown accustomed to using emoticons to give a sense of how they are feeling and that gives something of a context to your words.
Twitter does not automatically convert your :) into ☺ (except in Halloween) so you will have to use unicode and ascii code icons. You can add a Twitterkeys bookmark to your browser which will open up a window that has some unicode icons.
Drag this link to your browser bookmarks toolbar: TwitterKeys
The other option is to visit an emoticon website like hinh.tv and copy the emoticon you find there, because nothing says happy more than this:
Using search operators will certainly increase your efficiency and will allow you to reach your piece of information without having to weed through hundreds of useless terms.
||containing both “twitter” and “search”. This is the default operator.
||containing the exact phrase “happy hour”.
|love OR hate
||containing either “love” or “hate” (or both).
||containing “beer” but not “root”.
Those are the basic operators but there are some far more useful ones on Twitter.
By adding a :), :( or ? you can search for positive or negative tweets on Twitter or those who are asking a question about something. These searches are very useful when looking for people’s views and reactions about an issue, product, movie or a service.
|movie -scary :)
||containing “movie”, but not “scary”, and with a positive attitude.
||containing “flight” and with a negative attitude.
||containing “traffic” and asking a question
Your influence on Twitter is not measured by the number of people following you, it’s measured by your ability to influence your followers. To increase your influence on Twitter, you should consider catering to niches. You can do that by creating Twitter accounts for each topic that you want to talk about instead of discussing them all through a single account.
This is a good idea for the same reason that it is a good idea to have clearly indicated sections in a newspaper. This way, those who are only interested in reading about the economy don’t have to weed through the sport news item to find their economical news.
So, if your business wants to offer customer service along side the accounts role in PR, consider creating 2 accounts even though they are managed by a single person. To simplify managing multiple accounts you should consider using services such as Hootsuite to help you achieve that task.
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