5 ways to use Twitter effectively

Ever since I joined Twitter, I noticed the barriers to being a card carrying A-list member of the social media club just got lower. Twitter is flattening the rules of the game. 

So how do you become a power twitter user?

  1. Timing is everything. The earlier you were on Twitter, the earlier will your avatar show on your follower list. That means your avatar is important on Twitter. It should pique interest for people to visit your twitter page.
  2. Have a purposeful bio: When you follow someone and they view you on their follower page, a mouse-hover on the name shows your short bio. Make it persuasive for people to follow you. In a lot of cases I don’t follow people because that bio does not tell me anything meaningful about why I should follow them
  3. Reply to all your @ replies: I believe Twitter is a conversation medium more than anything else, and therefore when people @ reply to you, use not just the reply feature on twitter but also tools like TwitterFox (a Firefox plugin) or TweetDeck to track replies to you that don’t begin with @example username.
  4. Don’t indiscriminately follow people in the hope they follow you back. Use http://search.twitter.com for figuring out who shares your interests and then follow them. To enable people to find you make sure your tweets are relevant. 
  5. If you have a blog, resist the temptation of using twitter solely as a medium to broadcast your updated content. If you do want to do it, create a separate account for it, like this.

What are some of the ways you have found twitter useful?


About Gautam

Gautam is a HR professional interested in how emerging technologies are impacting work, careers and organizations.

Posted on March 13, 2009, in DesiPundit, online, personal, social media and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. LOVE this post! I totally agree! My UCSB students are reading this post, someone added it to our social media class group and it’s a hit! twitter removes the elitism that other web marketing channels have and it’s fun, easy and helps people connect…it’s been a great tool for me!

  2. If you ever want to see a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for 4/5. Detailed info, but I just have to go to that damn yahoo to find the missed pieces. Thanks, anyway!

  3. Chirag Chamoli

    Thanks Gautam. This was nice. I totally agree with 2, 3 and 4 🙂

  4. I’ve found Twitter to be more conversational. This in turn lets me judge the people I should follow or not. Via Twitter I interact with a wider range of people than I would have on orkut or facebook. On the latter two, bulk of my friends are people I know personally in the offline world, while on Twitter bulk of my friends I’ve met thru Twitter. It helps increase my online social circle.

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