15 Twitter Tips To Get You Tweeting Like A Pro

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15 Twitter Tips To Get You Tweeting Like A Pro
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Twitter has changed the way people communicate and share information online.  Spreading information, conversations with people from all over the world,  creating change and spreading good cheer 140 characters at a time sums up what one can experience on the social media platform.

The statistics are quite staggering, can you  just imagine the number of tweets sent per day? According to Kissmetrics, there have been 177 million Tweets sent on March 2011. 50 million, the average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago. (You can check out some other stats HERE.)

Everyday there are still more and more people joining Twitter and would usually get discouraged because they are either overwhelmed and quiet confused as to how things work.  For those who have been active since Twitter started to become popular knows the experience, and believe us, the experience keeps on evolving.

Since our primary aim here at PodJamTv is to inspire people to have a better and fulfilling experience online, we have decided to list down tips that we hope can help you get your feet wet and start tweeting like a pro.

Personal Branding

1. Don’t be Vague – Write your bio. This will allow other Twitter users to get to know who you are at a glance.  They will see what you interested in and that will allow for better engagement and sharing.   It is also good practice to use your own name for SEO purposes.

2. Identify yourself properly - Have a recent picture if you are using a personal account and a logo if you are using Twitter for business. A good practice, is to have a close up picture rather than something that is far away.

3. Express Your Personality - Add a Twitter Background  as this allows you to give people who want to follow you additional information about what you like and who you are.


1.  Don’t just Click on the Follow button – Make sure to check out the bios of each of the people following you, this will eliminate the chance of you following spammers.

2.  Organize your follower – Create lists as it aids in organization of followers based on interests, location, profession.  This will help you divide your followers into buckets so that you can pay attention to the message that you want to share with them.

3.  10% Rule in following - If you are new on Twitter and would like to follow a lot of people, please remember the 10% rule.  You can only follow 2,000 initial and then if you reach your limit you can follow up to  10% more based on the number of people following you.

Content Sharing Strategy

1.  Using Twitter Clients is good – For those new on Twitter, there are a lot of Twitter clients available to you for sharing and engaging.  Using the different clients other than the web can help you optimize your time on the social media platform.  There are clients to help you schedule your tweets, and there are some that will help you automatically shorten your links.  Try to make sure that you use no more than 120 characters per tweet  to leave room for Retweets.

2.  Use the 60 / 40 Rule -  When sharing content remember the 60 / 40 ratio.  60% information and Retweets and 40% conversation.  You want to make sure that you balance your engagement.  Twitter is great for learning but also you need to build relationship with the people you will talk with 24/7.

3.  Be consistent and have variety -  You don’t want to bore the people that follow you.  It is good practice to tweet a variety of content that will keep your followers informed and entertained.  You can share music, photos, recommendation, etc.  But aside from sharing good content you also need to be committed to giving enough time to be on the social site.  Relationship building takes time.  If you want people to interact with you, you need to be present.

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DM Etiquette

1.  No one likes a spammer -  Don’t spam your followers with too many sales pitches and requests to join your Mafia family.

2.  Better to welcome people on stream -  Some people send auto DMs to their new followers, but we feel that you should rather take the time to welcome your new followers on stream, that makes you more human to them.

3.  Be creative in using the DM function -  Instead of spamming people you can use this function as your personal communication tool when sending messages as a one on one conversation with the people you tweet with on a regular basis.  You can also engage people you want to interview for blog posts or as a way to make appointments real time.

Twitter Etiquette:

1.   Be Real – One needs to consider that your online personality should just be the extension of your offline self.  You don’t need to pretend to be someone you are not. Just be yourself.

2.   Be a good listener – You want to be able to build relationship on Twitter,  you would also find it a more enjoyable experience if you are engaging and sharing experiences with people from all over the world and you can only accomplish that if you know how to listen. Don’t just broadcast.

3.   Be respectful – Don’t bully anyone on Twitter, this is not tolerated on the social networking platform.  Just like in real life, we need to show respect to be respected.  Remember the five simple words, thank you, please and you’re welcome as they are words that are so simple and yet powerful enough to brighten anyone’s day.


There you go.  These sums up our Twitter tips for those who are contemplating on joining Twitter.  We hope that after going through our list, you will find your experience more enjoyable.  And for those of you who have been on Twitter for as long as we have, maybe you  could share some of the tips with us and our readers, we would love to hear from you.


About the authors:

Marty McPadden founder  and host of PodJamTv is a professional photographer, videographer, blogger, apple geek and a Production Supervisor at ESPN one of the largest sports network in the world.  His vast knowledge in the above mentioned field will allow you our readers to tap into tools, apps, reviews and tips that he has learned and mastered over the years.  How to’s and hacks that will allow you to have a richer online experience.

Misty Belardo co host and co writer of PodJamTv is an experienced blogger, designer and a self proclaimed Twitter-holic and an avid Facebook user is a Senior Production Manager at Barefoot Proximity, one of the most awarded advertising agencies across the globe.   Her experience with writing, designing, SEO and brand and advertising strategy will give readers a point of view of what happens behind the scenes in the digital sphere.

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  • http://tech18.com/ Sunil Jain

    This post really looks like more than 2 people have worked on it, but you both are equal to many authors B)

    Twitter is an amazing social networking site, Follow the right people ~ Engaging with them ~ Sharing the quality Content ~ Go back to Following :) , although it looks very simple but on the other hand it is very much difficult to follow, to make others follow, you must have a simple and trustworthy profile, as you’ve mentioned in this post- Twitter Bio, Twitter Background and Twitter Avatar Pic comes into picture to create an unique identity !!

    Thanks for sharing all the 15 tips and helping us Tweet like a pro :D
    Welcome to the Twitter world with a new blog friends :)
    Happy Blogging & Tweeting :D

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you so much Sunil! I love how you summarized the post so eloquently. You truly know how Twitter works and your comment here will help those new on Twitter get a good understanding of how things work, thank you so much for your support and we truly appreciate your feedback!!

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    Thank you Sunil!!! I echo what Misty said about you understanding how Twitter works and adding very helpful information with your comment! We really appreciate your feedback and support!!

  • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

    Awesome post guys! Love the point on auto-DM’s. DM’s are very valuable and if absused with spamming it can be a real trouble.

    And yes, the good old 60/40 rule still applies for sure!

    Anyways, I put this in my Buffer and keep up the great work, this form of collaborative blogging is very refreshing! :)

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you so much Leo, this is just the beginning, our aim is to be able to share views and reviews via video and podcast :) its going to be fun! Thank you so much for your support we truly appreciate it

      • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

        oh right, got it! Wow, that really sounds like a lot of fun! I will be looking forward to hearing and seeing you guys! :)

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    Hi Leo!!! Thank you for your comment and continued support! I already added the PodJamTV Twitter account to my Buffer!! Thank you also for your kind words about our approach with PodJamTV. Misty and I love collaborating and PodJamTV is the culmination. We are looking forward to sharing lots of cool info and our passion for all things geek!! :-)

  • therock1424

    I love the way M&M practice & share what they love & believe:) you really are day-brighteners!:)) thank you:)

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you so much!! You just made our day!

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    Thank you so much!! Your comment and support means the world to us!!

  • http://twitter.com/LoriMoreno LoriMoreno

    Excellent! Love You Both!

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      We love you too Lori!! Truly appreciate your support!

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    Thank you Lori!!! ((((HUGS))))

  • http://thinkbrief.com Mick Gill

    Good Article! Good luck with the the new project:)

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you so much Mick!! We truly appreciate your support! Rock on!

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    Thank you so much Mick!!! We’re having fun already!! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/PeterSterlacci Peter Sterlacci

    Very clear and well organized tips for effectively using Twitter. Thank you

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you Peter, so glad you enjoyed the article.

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    Thank you!!

  • Ejodway

    Oh….is this Your project Misty and Marty? How cool! Thanks for sharing! :) )))

    • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

      Ellie!!! Thank you so much! Yes, this is what Misty and I have been working on. We have lots more cool stuff planned over the next weeks and months. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement always!! (((HUGS)))

  • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

    YAY Ellie!!!!! It is!! Thank you so much for all your kindness and encouragement. It means so much to Misty and I. :-) We have lots of fun things plan for PodJamTV so stayed tuned. :-) )

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    Thank you Ellie!! Glad you liked it.. more to come!! =)

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    • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

      Thank you!!

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  • http://www.modernlifeblogs.com Amit

    Great Post! Love it such great tips to new one on twitter & those who already on it. All this tips are so helpful to become like pro.

    Great work done by both of you. I know Misty & happy to know you Marty. Please keep it up with this type of article. Superb post. Keep Smiling & Keep Rocking!!


    • https://podjam.tv martymcpadden

      Thank you so much Amit for your comments and very kinds words. We’re so happy you liked our article and we’re excited to be starting this journey!! Lots more to come. Thanks again Amit!! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    Hi Amit!! Thank you so much for dropping by PodJamTv, we really appreciate your support ((hugs))

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  • Mice Aliling

    Ah, a new one Misty :) Excited to see what you both got in store for this site :)

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Hi Mia, thank you for visiting us here! we are both excited to share more information and fun. Thank you for all your support =)

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  • http://carlosalbertoteixeira.myopenid.com/ Carlos Alberto Teixeira

    Remarkable article. Congrats. And greetings from Rio!

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you so much Carlos!! We appreciate your support! More fun to come! =)

  • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

    Thank you Carlos!! We’re glad you liked our article. As Misty said, lots more to come!!

  • Beth Ann Locke

    Terrific suggestions!

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/LoriMoreno LoriMoreno

    Awesome Content! Thanks for sharing!

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You’re welcome and thank you so much Lori!!

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    Thank you Lori for visiting us here at PodJamTV. Your support means a lot to me and Marty =)

  • Jtfromthabl0ck

    How do you do pics on twitter? I’m new to it all. Also what is it when people put # in front of a topic? Oh and how do u use tweetdeck. I’m one of those “feelin overwhelmed” people!

  • Don

    Repeat and schedule your tweets! You can easily do this with this Web App http://tplus.me

  • http://lomaymi.tumblr.com/ Luis O MaymĂ­

    Great article. I like the DM Etiquette, in fact, I believe that DM should only be use when you need to send additional information, such as email or phone. Twitter is as “simple” as taking the time to engage and build relationships with people.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you Luis. I agree!