Twitter: 30 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Effectiveness On Twitter!

Love Twitter? You'll Love These Twitter Ideas!

Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced user of Twitter.com there are so many ways to increase your Twitter effectiveness that you can always stand to learn a little more. The concerns each group has can differ.

  • Twitter Beginners may feel isolated, confused, or unnoticed.
  • Intermediate users (who know how to make their way around the social networking site) still will want to know how to increase their influence or network better.
  • Finally, those people that start to generate so many users they're having trouble keeping up with them all, the advanced users, need to learn ways to multitask in ways that keep the same level of interaction and growth they had when they weren't as popular and had more time.

So, with that in mind, let's go over different steps each group can take to increase their effectiveness on Twitter and reach the goals each group has in mind.

Remember, Twitter is like a giant, non-stop, party
that you step into at full swing,
and unless you are proactive and join in the fun,
you're likely to end up a wall flower.


My Twitter Page

Celebrities on twitter

Yes, new tweeps, there ARE celebrities on twitter. Yes, there are real ones. There are also a LOT of fakes. For the full list as complete as I can get it on musicians and celebrities on twitter, check my page here. It's updated weekly.

Top Ten Twitter Ideas For Beginners


  1. Brand From The Start - Create your account with a name that quickly identifies who you are or what you do. The key to using Twitter effectively is to create an online brand of YOU as a unique and valuable product that everyone must follow.
  2. Link To Yourself - Use the settings main menu to add a link to an outside URL on the “More Info URL” box. This is where people can learn even more about you or your business.
  3. Be Sociable - Invite some of your friends, using the email finders under the Find People main menu. It will allow you to invite people from your address books within Yahoo!, AOL, Hotmail, Google, and MSN email providers.
  4. Rub Elbows - Check out who is following those friends and see if there are more mutual friends you can follow. Watch for fakes. There's a good guide for example to spotting real from celebrity twitter fakes here.
  5. Engage People - Stay in contact with people who follow you by sending a “thank you for following” direct message and signaling how you hope to engage them in the future.
  6. Chat 'Em Up – You wouldn't go to a party and refuse to talk? So, open up and start to converse with people, catching their attention with the @ sign before their screen names in your tweet, which is the proper way to address a user or application on Twitter.
  7. Be Short And Tweet – You will be limited to 140 characters “tweets,” the term for answering the status question: “What are you doing?” So, when you add an entry try to keep it short, even shorter than 140 characters will encourage people to “retweet” it.
  8. Re-Tweet – If you have nothing interesting to say, you can always repeat something someone else has said by putting a capital RT in the first part of the message and then copying and pasting the entire original tweet. This is like applause for other people's good tweets and can help the message to go viral.
  9. Don't Be The Party Bore – Like any social networking site, you don't get kudos for spamming the airwaves and trying to hog attention. Avoid this behavior and limit your tweets or people will quickly unfollow you.
  10. Focus On Value – Add value to conversations through links, retweets, engaging conversation, humor, adding interesting questions and commentary. Be authentic and genuine, and always seek to provide more value than you receive to generate interest in your twitter stream.


Top Ten Twitter Tips for Intermediates


  1. Shrink URLs – Use an outside application like http://www.tinyurl.com to help you shorten large URLs into smaller ones. It will increase the chances of being re-tweeted.
  2. Determine Your Market Niche – At some point, after the novelty has worn off, you're going to wonder what the point of your interaction is, and if you're in business, it should be to get exposure for your market niche. So, you can either start marketing to one that you want to explore, or you can see what your followers find interesting and offer that niche.
  3. Search For Like-Minded Folks – By now, you are thinking there is no way you can follow threads, like a normal group, but there are outside tools that can help you find people in your demographics. Use TwitDir to locate people who are interested in particular topics and categories, and then follow them too.
  4. Get Picky – When you had fewer people following and weren't sure what Twitter was all about, all new followers were a thrill. Once you start to become more focused, you have to take a more proactive approach to network with people who can enhance your life, while you also enhance their lives too. If you are following people who aren't following you, seriously think about the value they provide and whether you should drop them. TwitterKarma is a good application to help you sort out who is a mutual friend, and who is someone you are just following. It also has a bulk unfollow option. Tweepler enables you to easily manage who to follow and who to not.
  5. Schedule Your Tweets When Away – There is a nice little application called @Tweetlater that you can follow and sign up for to schedule your tweets when you aren't there. That way, even if you're busy some days, you maintain a good Internet presence and people see your name more often and follow.
  6. Sniff Out Big Themes – Most tweets aren't indexed by Google, so you can't search them there. However, Twitter offers a search engine at http://search.twitter.com where you can find not only all about your threads, but also about major themes going on in Twitterland.
  7. Explore Hash Tags – The hash tag is this symbol: #. It is used before an abbreviation to tag certain tweets so they can be more easily followed in the Twitter search engine. Observe which tags are being used for what, and use them in your own tweets too.
  8. Join In #FollowFriday – Want a great way to meet new people? Just log in Friday and you will see people posting recommendations of their favorites and tagging them with #FollowFriday. Use the Twitter search engine to get as many of those tweets as you want and start to follow some more interesting people!
  9. Generate Connections – It's not enough to just get followers, you have to move them off Twitter if you want to get more intimate connections. So, offer a way for them to email you, subscribe to a teleseminar or your website, so that you then have an email address. Should Twitter or your account disappear, you still have managed to build a great contact list.
  10. Back Up Your Twitter Account – Okay, this one is for the paranoid, but better safe than sorry. There is Twittersafe, an application that allows you to backup your Twitter account should something funky happen and your followers get wiped out electronically, through no fault of your own.


Recommended books on Twitter

Top Ten Twitter Tips for The More Advanced User!


  1. Use Tools To Manage Followers – Start to find out about tools that can help you manage the large influx of followers, like TweetDeck (which I use) and Twhirl. Otherwise, if you continue to do things manually, your performance will start to suffer and you will limit the number of people who follow you. I also like Tweepler to manage new followers and decide whether to follow them back or not. But my favourite of all is Tweep - you have to pay but it's very worth it!
  2. Check Out The Competition – Okay, now it's getting serious and you are competing successfully. So, check out the competition and see what they may be doing right. A great place to see people who are doing well on Twitter is the website Twinfluence.com. They separate three types of power users, those with social capital, those with reach and those with velocity.
  3. Who's Hogging The Limelight – People who are going viral the most are hogging the limelight. These are people's whose tweets have been re-tweeting across Twitterland in spectacular fashion. If you want to know who they are, check out Retweetist.com.
  4. Toot Your Own Horn – If you've gotten this far, you're allowed to toot your own horn! You must be doing something right and people want to know more and more about you. That means adding links to other activities you are promoting, other sites you engage in, and anything of interest to you. Make sure you provide links in your tweets so people can follow you all over the web. You can gain and ask for recommendations with MrTweet, which is one I like.
  5. Link To Your Mobile Phone – Give updates via mobile phone so that all your followers can stay as updated on your comings and goings as possible, even when you're not seated in front of a computer.
  6. Partner With Others – Is someone having a teleseminar and wants volunteers? A little bit of your time can give you the appearance of an expert and help to keep your followers enthused and listening.
  7. Cross Post To Other Sites – Not only will Twhirl help you manage users, but it can also help you to cross post your tweets to other social networking sites, impacting a larger, and larger audience. So, if you want to cross post some of your tweets to Facebook or Friendfeed, add applications that will help you do that automatically. Install the twitter widget on any blogs or website you own, so your latest tweets display there too.
  8. Take Time To Welcome Newbies – Some people who get very successful focus only on the people in their inner circle, while ignoring a great opportunity to make a favorable impression with newbies who start Twitter and need a helping hand. You never know how big someone will get, and just because they only have a few 100 followers does not mean it's not worth your time to continue to interact with them. Remember, you were once a newbie too. I always try to send EVERYONE a personal message, and if I miss anyone out it's accidental! But then again, I recommend following interesting people in a dark and deathly vacuum once, so I can see the importance of making that little personal contact.
  9. Automate Follow Backs – As more and more people are signing up to your Twitter feed, you are going to have trouble sending out a personal message to each one. So, it's better to automate that process with something like Tweetlater and then send personal notes as you have more time to maintain the connection.
  10. Create Your Own Application – Right now, people are just engaging Twitter and discovering it's many uses. If you can show your innovation by creating an application that serves a market need, you are guaranteed a large following and maybe some bucks in the future. So, keep an eye out for opportunities to ride the Twitter wave and be a Twitter entrepreneur that gets in on the bottom floor.

There are a number of other hubs about twitter such as http://hubpages.com/jamos/hub/Using-Twitter-to-Your-Advantage

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You can find me on twitter here: JulieAnnAmos

A lot of the information in this page was brought to my attention by ClaireMoylan, who is a mine of information and welcomes new followers too! I owe her thanks for all her twitter help. Without her I'd be a twerp.  She's worth following.

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Comments 64 comments

Dana 7 years ago

Fantastic Hub about Twitter!

Cheers,

Dana


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missymoo 7 years ago from Kent, UK

Thumbs up! Will use some of these tips for sure x


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

Thanks. Glad it's useful and I'll update as I find new tips.


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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

OMG, girl, you wrote this JUST for "moi"! Thank you so much! A great read full of lots I will have to study. Just started over there and have been overwhelmed by marketers as followers and the amount of tweets they send out daily is just plain annoying. It drowns out the normal people I've tried following. Thanks for the heads up, incredibly useful goodies here in this hub - should be on the hubmob of the week!


Iphigenia 7 years ago

Once again a great HUB - I had already seen your Tweepler twitter and signed up for that. I know that I'm really new to Twitter and my followers and followees both number less than 20 - but it will be good to control things from the outset.


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

Thanks very much - as I say, Claire helped me (see above for her twitter) and I encouraged her to help me put his hub togtehr so the credit's not really mine alone at all!  Far from it.


Claire 7 years ago

Thanks for the credit! Hubpage looks awesome!


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

What a great resource. Thanks. I really need to learn how to use Twitter more effectively.

Twitted this article :)


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affiliater 7 years ago from India

thanks....


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TheRealTruth 7 years ago from Virginia

its starting to make sense......


Defmall 7 years ago

This is a well writen Hub.

I stopped using Twitter and I do not like the application at ALL...but I think you did a dynamite job on the article and I expect lots of users can learn from you and your experiences.


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

Thanks so much - very grateful for all the nice comments.


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lindagoffigan 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Great guide book to Twitter. Twitters have a language all their own. Thank you for the use of the @ sign and the # sign. Should be interesting to tweet now that I know my way around a little better.

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MikeFromCapeCod 7 years ago from Cape Cod

Good information. Definitely a value to this writer.


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kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

Excellent hub. I use Twitter, but these tips are a huge help. It's not like a blog or forum, there's a certain etiquette to follow and a lot going on. Thanks for the suggestions!


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cdougmah 7 years ago from Canada

Julie-Ann:

This is a great hub. Lot's of good and practical tips. I am going to bookmark it so that more people know about it.

Cheers! C Doug Mah


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esocial 7 years ago from California

GOod points and places to bookmark, thanks!


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Reynolds_Writing 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great information. I recently signed up for Twitter and have been learning the ropes.. This was very helpful!


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linjingjing 7 years ago

Twitter Effectiveness

This is a good idea


Lee@TheMillionaireIam.com 7 years ago

Thanks for the Twitter Etiquette. Good info.

Appreciative-

Lee


Iphigenia 7 years ago

Hi - this is my second comment here - just to let you know that although I am now more competent on Twitter and getting a lot out of it - it is because of this Hub. Another thing I've done it set up a tracking URL here on HP (2 weeks ago) - and when use twitter to promote one of my Hubs I use the URL - it has been interesting to see the visitor numbers that I get from twitter to my hubs slowly increase. I tweet my hub links a couple of times a day (if I remember) to catch at least 2 time zones.

This Hub of your is still one of the best articles for peopel getting to grips with Twitter. I now use TweetDeck, Tweetkarme, TweetLater and TweetDir all because of you !


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

Thanks!

You can just view your stats to see what traffic comes in from twitter - no need to use a tracker but both will work...


Nigel 7 years ago

Re-tweeting is really annoying, avoid it. It's like your friends who forward emails they think are funny.

Give it some thought, I'm sure you've got something interesting to say :)


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

I don't agree retweeting is annoying. It's the best way to spread useful content quickly. I think you're assuming people would retweet jokes etc - which isn't the case at all (at least not in my network)


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

Julie-Ann, thanks. I just signed up with Twitter, and I pretty much have no idea what I'm doing; or even "what the whole thing" really is. I'm pretty "social networking-challenged". This will sound really stupid, but I don't even "get" what one is supposed to add/say there, or how one is supposed to say something back (if it occurred to someone to say something back). :) (Again, as you can see, I'm very likely not "Twitter Material" - but I thought I'll give it a shot for a little while.)

Your Hub is very, very, informative, though. I added Claire to follow. I thought maybe I'd see an example of what people do on there.


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sophieqd 7 years ago

Twitter Effectiveness

This was great information.


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

Thanks for the lovely comments and feedback everybody!


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Thanks for all the great inf on twitter Julie-Ann. I will now have another go at twittering. I really needed this!


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TravelMonkey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

Fantastic hub Julie, answers many queries I had.


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pkoson 7 years ago

Twitter Effectiveness

Good point. I hope the rest of the Asteroidea class welcome me with five arms wide open


Lil' Peekr 7 years ago

Wow, nice work ladies (@JulieAnnAmos, @ClaireMoylan). I really like the presentation and mix of twitter tools and tips. Really well done... :-)


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

I've just noticed that my a/c seems to be automatically following people - is this spam or a virus? I am less than impressed and just unfollowed a lot of peeps!


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

It shouldn't do that. Do you use tweetlater at all? That has an autofollow function...


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Kelsey Tallis 7 years ago from USA-Ohio

Great article! I've only been on Twitter a couple months and only follow about 25 people, but some of them tweet up to 6 or more times a day... I've heard great things about Tweetdeck and have been meaning to try it. I appreciate all your advice on the other apps out there too :).

Some guy just started following me who follows about 20,000 people... this just boggles my mind.


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

Yeah you are right it was tweetlater that was doing the autofollow - its off now! I still have no idea how you can follow more than a few hundred people and acutally read enough of them


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

I use Tweetdeck Lissie and it really helps


BackLink Optimizing 7 years ago

Yer Tweetdeck is sooo good. To be honest though, if you follow too many people you cannot read everything. Especially if your niche is internet marketing. I believe people who follow more than a couple of hundred are only interested in promoting their own material.


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MotherHubber 7 years ago from Southern California

Julie Ann, thanks for such an informative Hub.  I am using it as my "square one starting place" to dive into Twitter, because I am brand new.  I will be bookmarking your Hub!  I've also begun following you on Twitter.  Thanks specifically for the info on tinyurl.com.  Very, very cool!

MotherHubber


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dwilliamson 7 years ago from Kamloops, BC

Awesome hub filled with lots of useful information. I will definitely be using some of your tips.


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livewithrichard 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

Thanks for all the great info here. Following you now too.


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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

Thanks for all of this information! I don't have a Twitter account, but I've considered it since everyone else seems to have one :) I also didn't really understand what it was, either. I like that you included a snapshot of your profile so I could have a better idea of what Twitter is :)


acer laptop 7 years ago

Great Hub you have here :) Please check out my website would love to network!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Fairly new to twooter but enjoying it on a silly level. Love listening in to celebs :)


RichDollars 7 years ago

Thank for share.


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CamG 7 years ago from Gold Coast Australia

excellent share, because you have written from experience, and judging your twitter site - also success


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PayPerResults SEO 7 years ago from Bristol, UK

Excellent hub :) Tweetspinner is another good tool that helps you to schedule tweets and manage your followers, purge DMs and more...


jonty 7 years ago

Very much informative ... keep up the good work .....


Phaoloo 7 years ago

I love all your thoughts on how to use Twitter effectively.


Anthony James Barnett - author 7 years ago

I'm still working my way around Twitter so found this very interesting


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Thanks you! I am still getting the hang of this whole tweeting thing. 51 followers and counting!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Thank you I am trying to get a better understanding of what twitter is. This hub is very helpful - good hub


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samironwebtrack 6 years ago

Well articulated, helpful, informative and highly resourceful hubs. Am glad to be read your hub. I invite you to also read and give comment to my hubs, also checkout my blog regarding twitter article.

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Loda 6 years ago

Thanks so much for this it was mega useful


AJB 6 years ago

Some really good tips in there. Thanks.


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kea 6 years ago

Thanks for the awesome info! I'm following you on twitter now. Just curious...why are you using this "Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License"? I'm just wondering if this is something I should start doing too. Thx.


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Julie-Ann Amos 6 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK Author

Hi - yes I'd recommend you at least place some kind of deterrent on your work.


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Tuesday75 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

Genius! Thank you so much! I just started on Twitter. I've been avoiding it because, I'm a huge Facebook person but, there's a lot of folks on Twitter.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing these excellent tips.


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StarCreate 5 years ago from Spain

Thanks Julie-Ann I found this really helpful. I am still at the beginner level, though perhaps 'twerp' is a better label - I find it quite baffling and overwhelming at times, surely no-one reads everything? You'd never sleep!

I think I need to do some judicious pruning of random followers... It just seems to me that of all the social networks, Twitter has one of the highest 'noise to signal' ratios out there. But possibly that's down to me not wholly getting it yet!

I've bookmarked this hub as an excellent resource to return to in any case.


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martycraigs 5 years ago

I'm loving all these Hubs about Twitter... so useful!


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camlo 5 years ago from Cologne, Germany

Hi Julie!

I've recently started my own website -- my first ever -- and Twitter is obviously essential in order to promote it. This Hub has become a major source of reference for me. Needing to refer to its great links at least three times a week, I've had to bookmark it. The best piece of Twitter info on the web, I'd say, for anyone who wants to organize their account effectively. Thanks for bringing it to us!

All the best, Camlo


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago

pretty useful advice. i didn't realize that retweeting can help your hubs go viral. i'll have to remember that. thanks. :)


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Joy56 5 years ago

good advice as far as i can see...... that is where everyone is then on twitter......


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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

Thanks for your valuable tips ....i can find many useful things in this hub ..do post such informative tips

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