There are still so many people joining Twitter everyday. Even though many people seem to be migrating to other social networking platforms like Google plus, many still want to maintain and be active on Twitter. The biggest reason we see is that people have already built their friendships and networks on Twitter.
Twitter is fun and we both love being active on the site. If not for Twitter we would not have even met. What is cool about Twitter is that fact that you can have someone to talk with 24/7. From designers, to engineers, celebrities, teachers, bloggers, writers there is a large variety of people to interact with and engage. But it wasn’t really so much fun when we both were starting out. We both laugh now at the experiences we had back then but wanted to share with our readers what made it worthwhile for us in the long run. The best way to enjoy Twitter is when you build good relationships with your followers and those you follow.
1. Conversation is always an ice breaker – We are both introverts by nature and we saw that the only way to break the barrier and create friendships is to actually start a conversation with the people who follow us and those we follow. Engaging people in conversation is very much welcome on stream. It really helps us learn more about the people we tweet with everyday.
2. Retweeting is a great way to get noticed – We love to retweet people who share quality content. Did you know that one of the best ways that you can say thank you to your Twitter friends is by retweeting good content they share? We are lucky to be following good curators of information.
3. Make the effort to meet offline too – Attending tweet ups is always fun. We both have had the opportunity already to meet people we tweet it everyday and; believe us, the relationships become stronger when you meet with them in person. Bonding is formed, but of course we would also caution you to make sure you still follow common sense when it comes to your security. Take all the precautions needed before you take that step. We will write a separate post on this subject.
4. No drama please – The only way you can build good relationship and network is to leave all the drama out of Twitter. We can be personal but make sure you choose what you share too. Remember you only have 140 characters and your words may be taken out of context and get misunderstood.
5. Never push your opinions on others - Just like in real life, we should allow people to tweet the way they want to tweet. Everyone has their unique styles of tweeting. Just think if everyone tweeted the same then it will be a very boring site. We have had our share of people telling us what to do. Its not a pleasant experience and this is what we believe in, if you do not like the way one tweets just unfollow, it is really that simple.
6. Being positive is contagious – Being positive both online and offline is always welcome. Living in this already crazy world, having a place where we can get encouragement is good. People will follow you and will love to interact if they see that you do not only share good content but also because you know how to inspire positivity.
7. Recommendations are always welcome – The best way to build your network and friendships is to introduce the people you know to each other. We do that a lot and we feel great when we see people connecting on their own, plus it builds the community and create ties.
8. Be authentic – People will open up to you and would want to create friendships if you are who you say you are. The reason we are okay to meet up with our Twitter friends is we know that they will find that we are the same online as we are offline. Being yourself will open up more opportunities for you to network and also create meaningful friendships. People have the misconception that you need to have a different alter ego online. Just be yourself, its the only way to go.
There you go. We hope that the tips are helpful in making your Twitter experience enjoyable and beneficial and not a time waster and that if you feel we missed anything, please feel free to leave us your feedback, we would be happy to hear them.
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