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Tips On How To Use Twitter

Updated on October 6, 2014

How To Use Twitter For Social Marketing

I really have fallen in love with Twitter. It is such a powerful social marketing tool and it is still far from reaching its full potential.

In this hub I am going to share some of the knowledge that I have learned from reading about twitter and I will share my experience in gaining and keeping followers and helping them to click through your links.

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Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time
Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time

This is a must read to everyone who uses twitter for social marketing.

 

How To Find Followers On Twitter

Your first step in Twitter marketing training

Try using the search button at the on your twitter page. Do a search for a keyword that you focus your tweets about. A list of the latest tweets on the subject will appear. Visit the twitter users who made these tweets and leave a reply to their conversation. Also add them to your follow list. Odds are good that they will respond by following you right back.

Make Your Tweets Your Own

Don't Sound Like A Broken Record

The biggest problem that I see people doing on Twitter and Facebook doing is spamming your timeline with repeat phrases.

Do you really think that your followers will find it interesting that you repeat "I just updated my website, page: www...."? This practice may be acceptable by some people that follow you, but, if you are looking for followers from outside of robots and spammers, then you are going to customize your tweets.

The Trick is to personalize your tweets because you are a person. You are not a broken record and that is what these "I just updated my blog ..." tweets sound like.

For example, if your post is about a book. Make your first tweet on the subject say something like, "I just ordered the book Peace Like A River off of Amazon, I can't wait to read it, I hear it is great." Then, your second tweet will say, "I'm halfway through the book Peace Like A River, I love it and can't put it down. It is so beautifully written." Then your third tweet will say, "Just finished the book Peace Like A River, best fiction that I have read in years. Read my full review here (put link in here)."

This will make your tweets much more interesting and will keep your followers hanging on to your tweets. It will also keep people following you and will help to inspire them to click your links.

Retweeting

Sharing the tweets of others

Retweeting is a common practice on twitter and is a good way to both share useful or entertaining info while at the same time giving credit to the person that originally made the tweet.

The proper way to do a retweet is to type retweet @ and then the persons name. So if you were retweeting my post, you would type retweet, or abbreviate and use RT @jeffwend, and then paste the original tweet.

Only retweet what you truly find interesting or what you feel your followers will appreciate.

Retweeting will help to build the relationship between you and the person you are retweeting because you are sharing their tweets and a link to their twitter timeline with all of your followers which increase the odds of them gaining a new follower. Retweeting also increases the chances that you will be retweeted which will increase your visibility.

Only 140 Characters?

Make it short and sweet

Twitter allows you to fit no more than 140 characters per tweet. For those of you are are used to article writing or blogging this is a big change. When you are used to writing minimum of 300 words per post, 140 characters can seem extremely challenging.

It may seem daunting, but you can do it. In fact with a little practice you are going to love the challenge of getting a message across is such a small amount of characters.

Here are some tips when you are stuck trying to fit your message into 140 characters:

  • Switch the word "and" for + or &
  • Use other characters when appropriate, in other words, # for number or %, or use = creatively.
  • Contractions, instead of it is, use it's, or will not use won't.
  • Shorten your URL's. A long URL can use up far too many precious characters. Use websites like ow.ly or bit.lyto shorten your URLs.
  • Only when absolutely necessary use common texting abbreviations. In other words, using 2 instead of to, or brb for be right back. These work, but are not very professional.

These tips are very helpful when you are stuck trying to fit a message into your tweets. They are also very helpful for helping with retweeting.

Cartoon from Geek and Poke series by Oliver Widder.

Twitter Tools

Twitter applications

The best and most comprehensive practical guide to twitter tools and how to use them are found here.

My personal favorite is Hootsuite. Hootsuite allows you to easily multiple Twitter profiles, add multiple editors, pre-schedule tweets, and measure your success.

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      Disney 

      3 years ago

      It's spooky how clever some ppl are. Thnkas!

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      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      At first I avoided Twitter, but I now use it on a daily basis. Short and sweet.

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      CrazyforCollecting 

      6 years ago

      I'm working my way up to this -- reading lenses about Twitter, and I just reserved a couple of library books. Wish me luck!

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      TheFoodDigest 

      7 years ago

      Ditto Psycho-Gamer's comments. Gonna try.

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      MasterPsycho 

      7 years ago from Earth

      I really do not like twitter aT all ....but since i am here for business (except for fun) maybe i should shut it and try to do my best

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      grandmapearl 

      7 years ago

      I have a Twitter account, but until now didn't know how to use it effectively. Thanks for your helpful tips.

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      efriedman 

      7 years ago

      PS I am providing a link to this lens from my HaiTweet lens.

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      efriedman 

      7 years ago

      I found this very helpful. Thanks

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      danielajz 

      7 years ago

      Great I'll put it in practice!

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      AffiliateWriter 

      7 years ago

      I've never paid much attention to using Twitter to market stuff, but your post made me think twice. Thanks!

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      bt55 

      7 years ago

      Thank you. Very interesting reading. I am anxious to try out the twitter tips. Well done!

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      Sue Kendrick 

      8 years ago from English Midlands

      Thanks for a very helpful post.

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      willypo 

      8 years ago

      I'm not so well in getting targeted traffic from twitter. I can setup a bot and get instant traffic from twitter in second but even with targeted keyword still cant get targeted visitor.

      Hope this lens will change everything about twitter in my mind. Thanks

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      TwitterSecretsGuide 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      JanieceTobey 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the Twitter tips!

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      adoptiondesigns 

      8 years ago

      Helpful info on using twitter! Thanks!

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      sheriangell 

      8 years ago

      As the last living person on Earth to have joined Twitter, the sure does come in handy. Glad I found it.

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      estellaeffects lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice Tips for Twitter

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      MediaMogul1 

      8 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for sharing it with the community.

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      ToniCorset 

      8 years ago

      This lens is just what I have been looking for- you've saved me lots of time trying to figure it out on my own. Thanks!

      Toni

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      JuneMary LM 

      9 years ago

      Useful. Thank you. I've bookmarked it for future reference too.

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      divacratus 2 

      9 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks!

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      LoKackl 

      9 years ago

      A really nice service to provide this lens. It must be great to be so useful!!!!

    • raswook profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Wendland 

      9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      [in reply to ajgodinho] It works very well. Easy to understand and implement.

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      smallpile 

      9 years ago

      Well the media seems to still love Twitter, so that really helps. But can it help you make money...people claim it brings traffic, but I am not so sure that twitter traffic is really that great when it comes to getting sales. Twitter itself cannot ever figure out how to make money.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great lens and tips for twitter users! Finally, just last night I signed up on twitter and came across this lens as I was looking through your lenses. I watched the Twitter Traffic Machine video too, how is it working for you?...thanks, AJ

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      A RovingReporter 

      9 years ago

      Great Twitter tips.*****

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      CBHUNT 

      9 years ago

      Great info on Twitter, rated your lens. Check out my lens on how I make money on Twitter using Clickbank RSS Feeds.

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      2Birds 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to jeffwend] Maybe I should have called it lens, when I reate it on squiddo and want to post it to twitter it comes up as Could not send message to Twitter. Double check A/c settings. I have filled out alot of info on twitter, saved it but then it dissapears when I want to go onto it again next time. I will have another go and see what happens. Your welcome to have a look at my lens if you want.

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      CoolFoto 

      9 years ago

      I've been using Twitter for the past 6 months. Found some interesting stuff. I follow some photographers. Come follow me: http://twitter.com/kphotos

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on well-deserved Purple Star! Lensrolled to Squidoo Tech Stew - I realize now I need to add a social tools plexo to that lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the basic Twitter information on this page!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Twitter isn't just fascinating, it's amazing. I'm seeing some very, very clever twitter users recently. Makes me want to clone myself and start an entire business on twitter! Congratulations on the purple star!

    • raswook profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Wendland 

      9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      [in reply to 2Birds] Have you found your account? You should be able to find your lost password if that is part of the problem. What do you mean "when I try and send a blog from facebook to twitter"?

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      2Birds 

      9 years ago

      Have double checked account settings but still no joy. Very frustrating, can someone out there tell me the anzwer

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      2Birds 

      9 years ago

      Have been reading up on twitter again, and even though I have signed up for it, I can't now find the account. Also when I try and send a blog from facebook to twitter they say Double check your account settings. but where.

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      BlowDryBar 

      9 years ago

      I seem to be getting a ton of followers and I'm not even sure how! @passion8girl

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      nmpnicholas 

      9 years ago

      5 stars for this Lens, I agree if you don't have a twitter account by now you are missing out. I currently have 64 twitter followers, but its still helpful.

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      2Birds 

      9 years ago

      I am starting to get into Twitter a little bit, It looks really great, but have alot to learn

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      religions7 

      9 years ago

      I usually abbreviate retweet to 'rt' - usually necessary to make the tweet fit into 140 characters. Other than that - great tips. I personally DO use the automatic twitter option on updated lenses, but only when I'm sure it's been a while, never more than 3 in a row.

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      Blove 

      9 years ago

      I am now getting interested in twitter. This is good information. Thanks a lot.

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      dfatsiletos 

      9 years ago

      This really good stuff...

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      Maxius 

      9 years ago

      Another Good Twitter lens

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      danecramer 

      9 years ago

      Some pretty solid advice. Thanks.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      9 years ago

      I've been guilty of broken record tweets when tweeting about lenses that I bless. I actually quit Twitter last time because so many outsiders considered it spam. Now I say something like 'Just blessed this Squidoo lens on roly poly bugs.' I hope that's better. I do find lots of lenses to bless on Twitter, so I still recommend posting them there. But creatively, as you suggest.

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      diggyisking 

      9 years ago

      Very nice, I'd love more people following me, currently got 850 ish since 2 months ago.

      Twitter is interesting, I want to get to oprah winfrey level of over 1000000 followers:) hehe!

      Man, and super congrats, 500 and something lenses? How do you get the time for it?? Im only on 70 after almost a year!!!!

      I know this may be asking too much, but im curious what kind of squidoo royalties you are making and how many total visitors you get across your lenses in 7 days?

      If you don't want to share its totally okay, if you do just drop me a message:)

      have an awesome day!

      Diggy

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      This is really great...

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      dustytoes 

      9 years ago

      This is really great...I go to twitter and say "huh?" what the heck am I suppose to do...some people catch right on and some need extra help and here it is.. thank you! I've bookmarked & faved.

    • raswook profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Wendland 

      9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      [in reply to kiwisoutback] The book is very relevant and insightful. One thing that shows its growth is the numbers though. When he talks about certain people having 500 followers, or 2,000 followers at the time. I looked up some of the folks he was referring to and they have 10's of thousands of followers now.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I am with you and the broken record tweets. It is a turn off. I find twitter very entertaining. I still a fan.

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      Kiwisoutback 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      A Twitter book is out already? I'm not that active on Twitter, and I'm very guilty of pressing the Twitter connect button when I publish or republish a lens ("I just updated my Squidoo page..."). I feel like 140 character isn't enough for me. I struggle to make some use out of Twitter, but I'm working on it.

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      GrowWear 

      9 years ago

      Twitter is best at building relationships. It's the best way that I've found for meeting and getting to know my fellow Squidooers on a professional and a more personal level. Also, a Squidooer's presence on there giving quality Tweets is giving Squidoo a better name, and it's good for finding new, great lenses and for learning what's new at Squidoo. Can't see online life without it, now. :)

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      EpicOne 

      9 years ago

      some nice tips, you could try adding some css to get a better looking page :)

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      John Parr 

      9 years ago from Montreal

      Hey Jeff, great little lens! At least you're making me consider joining Twitter.

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