10 Valuable Tips for NGOs on Twitter

NGOs & Causes

NGOs & Causes

Twitter is fundamentally changing the way people, companies and organizations interact and share ideas. With that said, and especially in the case of NGOs, it is very important to learn how to utilize Twitter in order to achieve the goals and objectives they are trying to promote.

Therefore, for today’s post, I will be sharing with you 10 useful and equally valuable tips for NGOs on Twitter:

1. Monitor Discussions & Relevant Updates:

Once you’ve signed up and chosen the right Twitter name, avatar and background for your NGO, start out by doing a search. This will familiarize you with the relevant content on Twitter and will give you a taste on how to proceed further.

2. Identify & Follow:

Identify the most influential and interesting Twitter users in your sector and follow them. You can also look up your friends and colleagues since they might help you get more exposure for the cause you are promoting. Tweepi.com is a great tool for doing that!

3. Customize Your Account:

Add a descriptive bio, a related link and customize your page to encourage tweeps to follow you. There’s just enough room for a short description in your Twitter bio so use it; explain what you’re doing or, if you’re representing an organization or campaign, and describe your activities.

4. Create a Relevant Voice:

Perhaps you want to inspire debate by asking pertinent, open-ended questions or maybe you want to inform about issues. It’s up to you which tone of voice you use but avoid going into rants or being idle.

5. Patience, Grasshopper:

There are many services out there that promise huge number of followers, forget about them; what you really want is quality not quantity. Having 50,000 people who aren’t listening to you or retweeting you is not as valuable as 100 advocates who will evangelize your cause.

The way to do this right is by being active through posting relevant and interesting messages and responding and engaging with followers. Continue reading »

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10 Tips for Success on Twitter (2)

Welcome back to part 2 of our Twitter success tips. Here are 5 more tips to help you make better use of Twitter:

1. Invest in Efforts:

A quick direct message to thank a new follower, or a simple message sent to a Twitter friend you have not seen in a while says a lot about how important connections are to you. These extra efforts don’t take much time or effort, but mean the world as you are building and sustaining your network.

2. Ask Questions:

Never hesitate to continuously ask questions. Questions help initiate conversations and they help you and others learn new things all the time.

3. Proclaim:

Don’t be shy about proclaiming the accomplishments of others. Twitter is not only about self promotion but rather the promotion of all who can make the conversation better. ReTweeting, sharing links, and pointing your followers to others they may not yet know about adds value to the entire experience. Continue reading »

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Twitter & Vacations: Easy & Simple Tips

It had been two years and 6 months since I had taken an internet-less vacation and it was about time, so I finally did. However, for the 10 days I was away, I had this constant worry about how my vacation would effect my relationship with current and potential Twitter followers and how it would influence my klout score.

Honestly, I worried about it all throughout my vacation – given that I am a social media addict – and this is why I though about writing this post.

Twitter Vacation Joke

Twitter Vacation Joke

There are 2 main ways to go about this depending on the type of person you are and the place you are going to for vacation:

1) If you will have internet connection, you have one of two options:

a. Decide to use the internet regularly regardless of the extra roaming charges (this means you will have to keep up with your regular tweeting pace and make sure that you don’t deviate much from it).

b. Decide not to use the internet at all (go to option 2).

2) If you will not have internet connection at all:

Whether you decide not to use the internet on vacation or you simple don’t have access, you have two main options: Continue reading »

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5 Twitter Etiquette Tips for All Twitter Users

Twitter Etiquette

Twitter Etiquette

Tweeting “right” is not a piece of cake, especially if your intentions go beyond the random act of tweeting to actually promoting products, services and/or people.

Therefore, for today’s post, I”ll be sharing with you 5 Twitter etiquette tips that work for all you Twitter users out there:

  1. Avoid text speak and “dnt tlk lyk ths”- if you are not able squeeze a proper sentence into 140 characters (or, ideally, less), just keep on trying; nobody likes random, incomplete and senseless sentences!
  2. Find the balance between being overly negative and too happy. Neither are enormously popular except with others like them. Don’t be somebody you’re not, but if the real you is a jerk, a sap or a fraud, you should probably work on it.
  3. It goes without saying, but trolls, bullies, spammers and stalkers are not welcome (MySpace would work better for those!) Continue reading »
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How To: Optimize LinkedIn with Twitter

Twitter & LinkedIn

Twitter & LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great social networking platform for businesses; it opens up numerous possibilities for potential partnerships and future ventures. Twitter, as we have already discussed, can be a very efficient tool for businesses as well.

In today’s post, we will be giving you tips on how to optimize your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts for your business.

1. Broadcast your LinkedIn statuses to Twitter. Your LinkedIn updates contain important and valuable information. Broadcasting these updates to your Twitter followers will add to your knowledge and help get the word out about what you’re doing. To push your LinkedIn status out to Twitter, click the check box next to the Twitter icon on your LinkedIn homepage, enter your update and click “Share.”

- Make sure you choose the hashtag option so only the tweets you decide to share will get through to your LinkedIn account.

2. Link multiple Twitter accounts to your LinkedIn profile. If you have more than one Twitter account, you probably have one account for personal tweets and others related to your business or job. Try to  integrate all your Twitter accounts with LinkedIn. Besides, if you send out a lot of work-related or topical items from your personal account, you may want your professional network to see these tweets. LinkedIn did not specify how many Twitter accounts you could add, or what kind of broadcasting controls it offers for integrating multiple accounts.

3. Install the Tweets application, the “Overview” tab on your homepage will allows you to see everyone you currently follow on Twitter, view their Twitter feed, and Tweet from your own account.

Hope you enjoyed our tips for the day.

Don’t hesitate to share with us other tips you have related to this topic :)

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