Let’s next take a look at exactly how to go about using Twitter. What exactly is the language of Twitter? What does it mean to Tweet? All will be revealed!
There are a few different ways of posting on Twitter that you need to know about.
- First, there’s a regular post. When you type in a message to Twitter and hit “update” it will be viewable by all the people who are following you.
- The next type of post is a reply. When you type in a regular message, people may reply to your post. You’ll see your user name with the symbol @ before it when someone replies to your message. You can respond to other people the same way. You simply type @ and then their user name directly after that. Replies are viewable by everyone who is following you or the other person you are replying to.
- Finally, there’ a direct message. If you want to send a private message to someone that no one else can see, you can send a direct message. To do so, simply type the letters dm with the person’s user name.
- You’ll receive messages from others on a special page of Twitter and can be notified via e-mail when someone direct messages you.
How to Post for Success on Twitter
The most basic way of using Twitter to build traffic to your lens is to post updates on Twitter whenever you create or significantly update a lens or when you make a blog post. But there’s so much more to Twitter than that. The Twitter site has one question and one question only – What are you doing? How you answer this question is completely up to you.
A lot of people simply post about what they are up to. You’ll see a lot of posts like “Just finished eating lunch.” or “Working on a project.” But you’ll also see a whole lot more. If you’re having trouble answering the question “what are you doing” try thinking of it in terms of “what are you interested in” or “what has you attention.”
To start out with, you’ll want to post things that are related to you personally and not your blog directly. Remember, first and foremost Twitter is a social networking utility. People have a low tolerance for blatant advertising.
Here are some ideas for non-promotional related Twitter posts:
- Share information. You can post links related to your niche, or just interesting things you find around the Internet.
- Ask questions. You can increase your relationship with your followers by asking questions. Ask people what they ate for lunch, what they think of the latest news story or their opinion on a topic.
- Share your opinion. You can post links to recent news stories, especially those related to your niche, and offer your opinion.
- Post tips related to your niche. Add to the value of your twitter feed by sharing tips that aren’t on your blog. 140 characters are a great space to share a short, helpful tip.
- Share links to other people’s sites and explain your view.
When you do post a link to your blog, make sure to add more to your Twitter post than just the link. Explain what it’s about and tell your audience what is coming next on your blog. This way you won’t just be spamming your link all over the “Twittersphere.”