This is one of many articles about how I use Twitter, my intention is to help you and maybe help you, get more, from what is a great modern medium.
I’ve written many times about the power of Twitter for engagement, the expansion of ideas, debate and learning from meeting strangers and making friends alike.
Twitter should be a two way dialogue. Tweet something and people will make a comment or better still, start a conversation.
During my Twitter travels I often come across somebodies Twitter profile. It is always interesting to read a person’s Advatar and see their last few Tweets.
Too often when I look at a person’s profile, last few Tweets are full of automated messages, Corporate “let’s throw something at the wall and hope it sticks” Tweets or conversations where I don’t understand the context. I’m sure that is meaningful to them, but not meaningful to me.
Your Twitter Profile reflects You
Sorry but I treat a person’s profile, like I treat mine. It is an extension of myself. When I visit your profile, I get a feel for the type of person you are.
Many people say Thank You on Twitter and there is nothing wrong in doing that. I never do, or rarely do, sorry but after hitting 30,000 followers something had to give. I try and answer all conversations and comment personally and that takes a lot of time.
My way of saying Thank You is to Retweet somebody. For me, that is the biggest (flattering) thing you can do on Twitter.
Whenever I sit down and work through the interactions on my Twitter accounts, I will always try and finishing by leaving 3 Tweets / 3 Pieces of Content at the top of my Twitter stream. It does not matter how many conversations I’ve had, if you come and look at my profile, there should be content. A reflection of me. Better still, content you will feel to interact or even Re-tweet.
Turning round what i said above. If anybody visits my Twitter profile, it should have something interesting for that viewer. No conversations and any follower will know I don’t do “Corporate Boring stuff” and no boring automated Tweets asking you to like my Facebook page. Stuff you it will hopefully want to interact with or even RT.
Twitter is the ultimate in democracy, tomorrow everybody can unfollow me. By following me everyday people “vote for me”. When people, prospective followers and myself visit your Twitter profile, what is it do you want to be famous for?
The Power of 3, may take some organisation and a little effort, but the benefits in terms of growing your own platform and community, should pay off.
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Tim Hughes is a leading person in Social Media, based in the UK. He has been described as a Social Selling innovator and Blogs on Social Selling and how Social Media will impact companies now and in the future.
Tim can be contacted at @timothy_hughes and @OracleTim