Thursday, May 27, 2010
Twitter: Grab their interest and they will follow
Since I have a book out about Twitter, thought I should blog about it once in a while. One thing when getting started on Twitter is to learn about following and followers.
Before you start to follow others, set up a nice looking Twitter page and put out three or four interesting tweets. Then you will be ready to set out to find people to follow. You'll have to hope these people follow you back, because there is no button to push to choose the people you want to follow you. So your goal is to build a good group of people you follow and interest them in following you back.
1. Others will make the decision whether to follow you. Followers will come to you naturally if you offer something of interest to others.
2. Initially, find people to follow who interest you. Every time you follow someone on Twitter, they will have an opportunity to follow you back. They will receive a memo that you have followed them. They will have the choice to visit your Twitter site to see what you're all about. If they find something interesting, they will follow you back.
3. If you click on the Find People feature in the menu bar, you'll see three different ways to add people to follow. Try the ones that are of interest to you.
4. On #followFriday, the day people on Twitter suggest others to follow, you can see who those you follow are suggesting that you follow. Go to their Twitter pages and to their blogs or websites if you are interested and have fun learning about them.
5. You can search for people by topic on tweepsearch.com and follow them. This site searches their bios for words that you enter. For example, if you want to find people who are interested in scuba, enter the word scuba in tweepsearch. It will search the bios of others for people who have listed scuba as an interest.
6. Follow people of interest to you. Don't follow people just in hopes that they will follow you back. In order to have a lively twitter site, follow people you want to share share tweets with. As long as you are going spend some of your precious writing time on Twitter, you might as well be sharing information with people of like interests. Not only will you get more out of it, but your Twitter page will be more interesting for others to follow.
One key to keep followers or to interest others in following you is to write interesting and valuable tweets. Offer folks something that will make them want to come back for more.