How do you Tweet asked the bird to the beast?
When I use the social networking site Twitter, and when I counsel my clients to use sites like Twitter, I seek balance in the type of a variety of the items that I post on all of my social networking sites. I’m posting this as, “How do you use Twitter” is a frequent question from my clients.
I don’t calculate how often I take each action listed below, but I do know that they are the type of things that cause me to follow, friend or link to others as well. I also know that I tweet more often about others than about myself:
- Things that show who I am; personal tweets, often in reaction to something someone else has tweeted
- Messages that connect me with others, asking questions, answering questions, learning about who people are and what is important to them
- Helping people solve small problems – PR, social media, tech, life, & generally being supportive
- Links to interesting, amusing, useful info, tips, tools, ideas, resources etc.
- Passing along interesting links from others in my twitter stream
- Linking to other’s blog posts etc.
- Links to my own work, blog posts, articles, press releases
- Linking to or retweeting client info, posts, cool tweets. I believe in transparency; I always note when a tweet includes client info, although it can sometimes we a challenge to fit into 140 characters or less. (I always say if it is from a client, but I usually have cool clients with interesting projects, so it’s not usually problematic or Spammy – Tell me if I’m wrong. I won’t link to a client’s item, if it won’t be useful/interesting for others in my audience).
How do you tweet?
- Have I missed an important/useful type of tweeting?
- Which of these do you do the most? honestly.
- I probably retweet others links the most. But I try and tweet those that haven’t been retweeted a hundred times already.
- Which of the above annoys you most? Or should this post have been how not to use twitter or what not to tweet?