(I didn't mean to write this post, I meant to write another....you'll spot what went wrong, but having written it I thought I might as well post this too rather than delete it and start again. I will write the post I meant to write for tomorrow).
So March is the month that I get in control of my social media. I'm going to spring-clean and organise. I'm going to end up with something fun and informative. I'm going to eliminate anything that's a time-waster.
There I said it.
So task one - taming Twitter.
This is what I've done and what I'm using to make Twitter more usable and worthwhile. I don't know if any of this will be useful to you too but hopefully it will.
This post isn't tips to make you a more popular tweeter, so it won't be talking about:
- making your tweets shorter than 140 characters - in fact about 120 or less characters, so that people can retweet your words of wisdom/wit and add their own spin on it or approval. People would rather be a part of something than just passing on someone else's words/links.
- looking at your followers and considering why they follow you - and then giving them more of that to build a bigger following.
- making sure you have a bio that will make people interested in you, and instantly know whether they want to follow you, and if so, what twitter list you might fit into (more of this below). If anyone follows me, I first check their profile - if they have a bio that makes me think them a spammer, perhaps one that looks overly political or religious....or worse they don't have a bio at all - I don't follow them back.
- making sure your avatar is YOU - a human face, and not a picture of your adorable child (well not on it's own), your dog, you at the age of 8....or worst no pic at all. People want to know you're not a spammer, they will more likely connect with you if your profile pic looks real.
- giving them a link to your blog or facebook page or about.me page or website so they can check you out further and see if you're real and/or whether they'd like following you.
- replying whenever you can to people who tweet at you, even if it's just thanking them for their comments. But not just one word replies - people trying to find people to follow will be looking for others who will have conversations with them.
- taking part in #ff Follow Fridays - what comes around, goes around - following others recommended, suggesting your own favourites, thanking people for #ff's.
- making your tweets a balanced mix of @ replies, original thoughts or news of what you're up to, and links to interesting stuff or whatever you're promoting. When someone checks your profile to see if they'd like following you they don't want to see that you might never talk to them (ie. no @ replies) or that you don't say anything new/interesting (ie. full stream of @ replies making it look like there might be a clique they won't fit in), or that all you're interested in is pimping your business and/or event (ie. a full stream of links to your show/etsy/website indicating you're never going to interact with them). The type of people I'm guaranteed not to follow have a constant stream of tweets with just links to their products or events and making no attempt to talk to others.
Nope this post isn't going to talk about any of those things...on hang on, I just did didn't I. Doh!
(Ok, tomorrow I'll tell you how having followed all the people I have and gained lots of followers using the above methods, how I got them all organised so that Twitter didn't overwhelm me - sorry for the lack of concentration and focus....blame the moving house next week!)