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How To Make Quality Connections On Twitter

Updated on June 11, 2013
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Your Purpose

You have signed up for Twitter for a reason. Perhaps you want to socially connect with friends or make new friends in the virtual world. Your reasons may be business-related instead. Perhaps you want to spread word about your new company or get hired as a freelance writer for a website that requires social media knowledge.

Your original reason for joining Twitter affects what type of connections you want to make on the website and what characteristics you seek in the users. Whether personal or business related, you want to make quality connections to enhance your experience on the website.

Both what you tweet and who you follow are personal choices. These decisions help you create more quality connections on Twitter.

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It's Not All About You

Although your personal reasons explain why you log onto Twitter, you need to abide by a giving philosophy when you are interact on the website. Remember that you are networking, and networking is a two-way street.

Pay attention to your followers. Help them by retweeting messages they send out that you find interesting and relavent to your own profile. Take care with what you retweet. Recycling messages that are not meaningful or related to your own feed do you more harm than good and may even cause some followers to unfollow you.

Retweeting quality messages will both help you learn more about the interests of your followers and let them know you are reading their words and any associated links and hash tags.

The follower who sees the effort you too to retweet will likely thank you or retweet one of your messages in return. A dialogue of messages can then begin between you and the follower. You have now increased the changes of your messages standing out for the follower in the electronic feed of his or her network. You are now memorable.

In addition, the follower may look at your profile and click an associated link listed there. You may have just made a new client. A quality connection has been created.

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Selective Following

Another way to generate quality connections on Twitter is by being selective as to who you follow there.

If, for instance, you are a photographer trying to expand your client base and spread word about your expertise, you should connect with other photographers and marketers. The content these people project will likely teach you more about the field and build valuable contacts.

As more like-minded followers are added, you will see your electronic feed is specialized and appropriate to your reasons for logging on to Twitter regularly. The Twitter messages will be of interest, making the experience more favourable and your connections of a deeper quality.

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Finding Relevant Followers

Finding followers of specific characteristics can be achieved a few ways. Click on the "# Discover" section of the website and search by hash tag for a specific word or phrase relateed to your interest. You will see, with the most recent tweet at the top of the electronic feed, any public messages that include the keywords.

The hash tag search filter is helpful for finding people who tweet content in which you are interested. Add these people if you determine their tweets are interesting and of good quality.

As you begin to use the website, Twitter will suggest people for you to follow as listed on the left-hand side of your profile. Twitter has determined for you that these people type similar content to you in their messages.

If you are not already following these profiles, take a look at them. If the content seems relatable, add from the suggested list. The method is another way to create quality connections.

Quality Not Quantity

Twitter is a social network that can enhance quality connections if used appropriately. Be selective as to who you follow and seek out prospective followers using the hash tag search filter and profiles suggested by Twitter. Enhance your Twitter experience by building quality connections.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So pleased to help, B. Leekley.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, shared with followers, and bookmarked. Thanks. I have been wondering what to do in and with Twitter, and this is helpful.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes Gamerelated, it is a quick way to communicate with people through a limited number of characters. Thanks for the comments.

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      Gamerelated 5 years ago from California

      This article is very informative. I am going to follow your advice and try to find some quality followers. I need to get use to sending out the appropriate Tweets. This is actually kind of fun.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Savannah, #discover will show you trends and top stories. It is great for learning hot topics and getting fast updates on your connections. Hope this helps you.

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      Savannah Gale 6 years ago

      How do you use the "#discover" actually how do u make your own? Need to know as soon as possible

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Kristine, I like that I have pointed out a new use for Twitter to you. I wish you much success!

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks, I am now going to connect with authors on Twitter, something I did not even think about doing. Great Hub.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you alocsin. I have also found Twitter useful. Your comment here is great to hear.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've not had much success with Twitter but there's a lot I didn't know about it as pointed out by your hub. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Rolly. I am glad you enjoyed the Hub and hope the tips help your connections on Twitter.

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      Rolly A Chabot 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great Hub and one well worth the bookmark...

      Blessings

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Glenn, I'm glad you found the information helpful. I use the # Discover feature to find related tweets to read and people with related interests to follow. Thanks for the vote and comment.

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I use twitter so people who are not on HubPages can follow me for my new published Hubs. But I also follow others when I want to keep up with what's new. I never knew about the #discover feature. Thanks to you, I'll have to try it. I found your Hub very worthwhile reading. Voted up.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Vinaya for stopping by to read and I'm glad you found the information helpful. Quality of connections is certainly more important than quantity. Send me a message here if you wish to connect on Twitter as well.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      In the beginning, I followed lots of people hoping that they will follow me back, and when some one followed me, I followed back. But now I have understood, large numbers of follower is not important, what is important is your followers must be sincere. They have to respond to your tweets.

      Your advice is really useful. Thanks for sharing on Google plus.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Patti, thanks for the vote and positive comment!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Katrina, thank-you for taking time to stop by and read my hub. I'm glad you find the information here useful to you :)

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes I like Twitter as well for its easy ability to interact. Thanks for your great comment!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hello NiCCOT and no need to apologize. I like comments and helping other people. I hope you have a more positive experience with Twitter by using some of the methods I have outlined. I look forward to your work here on HubPages!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes Twitter is an excellent networking tool if utilized effectively. Thanks for the comment and vote, I appreciate it!

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      Patti Riggs Hale 6 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      Good hub! Voted up and useful!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Twitter is a great marketing tool for any blogger or Internet Entrepreneur. The tips you mentioned in this article are useful. Voted up!

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      mesacleanpools 6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Twitter is a great indexing tool! Twitter is my favorite networking tool because the ease of accessing other conversations

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      NiCCOT 6 years ago from Rovaniemi, Finland

      That Presence on Twitter is something i need to develope I've never actually had fun Twittering because didn't interract with others, but now its nice to actually talk in "person" with some people.

      And i just tried adding links to my profile, but im pretty sure it is disabled for members who haven't been enough active annd posted hubs enough. Im pretty sure its because some people would use it just to get important backlinks to their sites.

      But I'm going to start being more active and social in Hubpages since I just got exited about my blogging, and its good exercise for me also since im not a great writer... Yet !

      Thanks for your reply and sorry for making too long comment ^^

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing on twitter. I am still looking into this social network option but you are convincing me to consider the worth of joining. Voted up!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The tips here will help you create a stronger presence on Twitter NiCCOT. Include your blog name and URL on your profile. My Twitter name is on my HubPages profile is you wish to connect on Twitter.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Steve, thanks for sharing the article. I rarely see you on Twitter, be sure to connect with me when you are on the site. There are plenty of topics to discuss with Twitter so don't worry about stealing ideas. The more the merrier! Let's educate :)

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good point Maddie. Communicating with others actually enhances your profile on Twitter, as you say. Thanks for the positive comment.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hello and thanks for the comment. Yes Twitter is popular and social networking needs to be done effectively to make the most of the experience. I am glad you liked the hub.

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      lime light power 6 years ago from NY NY

      Always a great topic to write on. Twitter is not quite as easy as it might seem. Making, keeping and developing those connections is sort of the holy grail of social networking. Thx for the good read.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Excellent tips. I think a lot of people are afraid if they retweet or reply to other people on Twitter that it somehow takes away from their own accounts. This just isn't the case. Engaging with others is good karma, and encourages others to retweet you as well!

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      Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      ChristyW, you are stealing my thunder. I have got a Twitter article in the oven at the moment. When I finally finish it we must swap links.I must make more use of Twitter, strangely enough I got into Twitter before Hub Pages. Great effort.Have Tweeted it and everything else I can think of.

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      NiCCOT 6 years ago from Rovaniemi, Finland

      I actually want to get more hits from my Twitter but barely get any visits from Twitter at all, which isn't fun.

      I just started a blogging community and its hard to get going.

      But maybe these tips will help me a little with Twitter promoting.

      Thanks

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