How to Build Your Twitter Tribe

social media how toDo you want to build a loyal and engaged Twitter following (a tribe if you will)?

If so, this article is for you. It will show you how to find people and what to do to engage them.

Find the right people—build the right community

This is a tricky headline. As if there’s something like the “right” community waiting for you out there. Yet focusing firmly on the people you want to interact with will pay off greatly. Following those who show a real connection to your niche is key to getting the return out of your Twitter conversations.

A fundamental question when creating your own tribe is to ask yourself, “Whom can I help on Twitter?”

That’s right, instead of saying “Who could help me?” or “What will I achieve?”, Twitter is a place to extend your reach by helping others. Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about other people first. This is the most important lesson I ever learned.

You’ll be amazed how this will boost your influence on Twitter. For example, @MackCollier, a true Twitter pundit, covered this topic in more detail here.

Where to find the right people

Over the course of Twitter’s 5 years of existence, many very helpful directories have been created. They are a great source to find new and interesting people.

A very detailed one is TweetDeck’s Directory of Twitter users, where you can easily navigate through your fields of interest and pick those you want to connect with.

tweetdeck directory

TweetDeck Directory: Think of it as a TV Guide for Twitter channels.

Another great source is WeFollow, which again offers simple ways for you to find the right users in the right niche for you.

twitter directory and search

A directory of people organized into categories.

If you’re writing a blog, a very simple way to connect with new people is to take a look at who retweets your posts. Backtweets is a great tool to find this out. Put your post’s URL into Backtweets and get in touch with the folks retweeting your post.

twitter analytics

Backtweets un-shortens and catalogs URLs sent by Twitter users.

Chances are high they’re exactly the people you’ve been looking for to extend your followership.

Be aware of Twitter etiquette

One thing that can easily put you in a bind with someone on Twitter is if you ignore certain Twitter etiquette rules. If you’re an expert in your niche, but are not quite aware how best to interact with others on Twitter, it can turn out to be a real disaster.

A few rules are:

  • Include the person’s username when retweeting their tweet—give them credit for the content they shared.
etiquette

Give credit when you retweet someone.

  • Reply in a timely manner—Twitter is very spontaneous, so make sure to be there for @replies if you’re tweeting something. Particularly if you schedule a few tweets.
  • Thank others for retweeting your tweets. Give them a quick note of appreciation that they found your content worth sharing with their community.
  • If the above gets very time-consuming, you might want to try replying to those who edited the retweet and showed particular appreciation for your tweet.
  • If you tweet articles, include the authors’ names. Give them credit for their work.
etiquette

Give people credit for their posts.

Create amazing content on Twitter

It has long become clear that Twitter is no longer a black hole we communicate to one-way; actually we get lots of user engagement out of it.

One technique I found very helpful is to think of tweets like small blog posts. It was the infamous @TweetSmarter that mastered this technique. For nearly every article they tweet, they create their own headline aligning it with their community’s interest. This became hugely successful, which made me pay close attention to every tweet posted.

tweetsmarter

A non-stop, 24-hour feed with news about all things Twitter.

You don’t need to dedicate the time to a tweet that you would give a full blog post. But there are a few simple things you can do to make your tweets achieve a better reach among your followers.

Whenever you tweet an article, try to link it with the interests of your community.

This means that sometimes the title of the article will fit this purpose very well, sometimes it won’t. Try finding a quote in the article that particularly relates to your community’s and followers’ interests.

relate to your community

Relate to your community with unique tweets.

Twitter is all about creating a personal connection; try to leverage what you know about your followers. I found that it pays off greatly with higher engagement.

Be time-efficient

Spending hours and hours on Twitter can be a great deal of fun, yet it can also turn out to be a very dangerous waste of your time when you should be doing other things for your business.

So creating an efficient work pattern on Twitter is key to getting the most out of it.

One way to reduce the time spent without trading off your impact is tweet scheduling. A vital part of scheduling tweets is to get the right balance between spontaneous tweets and scheduled ones.

schedule twitter posts

Now you have the ability to tweet day and night, even when you're asleep.

Another big timesaver for me is Twitter Lists. Especially if you reach a point when it becomes hard to keep track of your timeline.

lists bird

A way to organize the people you're following on Twitter, or find new people.

One way I like to use lists is to create certain interest field lists—say, for example, “Marketers and Bloggers.”

twitter lists

Create lists to follow your fields of interest more easily.

I can now fill them up with people I follow who are great thought leaders in that area. Keeping track of them is super-simple and hassle-free.

Are you good at Twitter?

Over to you now. Which steps are you taking to be successful on Twitter? Do you think the above-mentioned steps will work for you too? Let’s start a discussion. Leave your questions and comments below.

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About the Author, Leon Widrich

Leo Widrich is the co-founder of BufferApp.com, a smarter way to publish your tweets and other social media posts. He writes more social media tips on the Buffer blog. Be sure to connect with him @leowid anytime. Other posts by »




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  • http://blog.powerserve.net Powerserve

    I absolutely think these tips will work for almost anyone. The biggest thing we tell our clients when using social media is that they need to find what works best for them. Every company is different, and every client is different. Although there are 1-2-3 guides for using Twitter, we suggest using those only as guidelines and not an instruction manual.

    Experiment and find what works best for you. No one dives in and gets recognized for their first tweet. It’s a building process, and the only way to start is by laying the first brick.

  • http://blog.powerserve.net Powerserve

    I absolutely think these tips will work for almost anyone. The biggest thing we tell our clients when using social media is that they need to find what works best for them. Every company is different, and every client is different. Although there are 1-2-3 guides for using Twitter, we suggest using those only as guidelines and not an instruction manual.

    Experiment and find what works best for you. No one dives in and gets recognized for their first tweet. It’s a building process, and the only way to start is by laying the first brick.

  • Crystal Cattle

    Tweetdeck has really helped me expand my reach on Twitter. Not only can I manage multiple accounts, but I can follow lists easily, schedule tweets and it automatically shortens my urls. Great tool.

  • Crystal Cattle

    Tweetdeck has really helped me expand my reach on Twitter. Not only can I manage multiple accounts, but I can follow lists easily, schedule tweets and it automatically shortens my urls. Great tool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.hausman Angela Hausman

    Great ideas, and a few were even new to me. I personally use Hootsuite to schedule posts, find out who’s retweeted me (so I can thank them), and engage my Twitter community. I also like it because I can manage multiple Twitters as well as my Facebook and LinkedIn. I guess it’s all what you’re used to.

    As you mention, it’s really important to remember you’re not out there alone — you’re communicating with real people. So talk to them the way you would like — tell them things you would find interesting — and be polite.

    Angela Hausman, PhD
    Assoc. Professor of Marketing, Howard University
    http://LetsBlogForMoney.org

  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.hausman Angela Hausman

    Great ideas, and a few were even new to me. I personally use Hootsuite to schedule posts, find out who’s retweeted me (so I can thank them), and engage my Twitter community. I also like it because I can manage multiple Twitters as well as my Facebook and LinkedIn. I guess it’s all what you’re used to.

    As you mention, it’s really important to remember you’re not out there alone — you’re communicating with real people. So talk to them the way you would like — tell them things you would find interesting — and be polite.

    Angela Hausman, PhD
    Assoc. Professor of Marketing, Howard University
    http://LetsBlogForMoney.org

  • http://twitter.com/b_reilly brian

    Twellow is another big directory out there of tweeps. Controlled use of hashtags is also smart twitter strategy, but don’t overdo it. For example, #this #is #way #annoying #and #won’t #earn #you #any #followers.

    Get it?

  • http://twitter.com/b_reilly brian

    Twellow is another big directory out there of tweeps. Controlled use of hashtags is also smart twitter strategy, but don’t overdo it. For example, #this #is #way #annoying #and #won’t #earn #you #any #followers.

    Get it?

  • http://www.ryanhattaway.com Ryan Hattaway

    Great post. Especially liked the Twitter etiquette section, you make several good points here that are often overlooked by many people. Another big one is time management, scheduling your Tweets and having a clear set of goals can help you avoid wasting time on social media.

    Ryan Hattaway
    President, Mogul PR
    http://www.ryanhattaway.com

  • http://www.ryanhattaway.com Ryan Hattaway

    Great post. Especially liked the Twitter etiquette section, you make several good points here that are often overlooked by many people. Another big one is time management, scheduling your Tweets and having a clear set of goals can help you avoid wasting time on social media.

    Ryan Hattaway
    President, Mogul PR
    http://www.ryanhattaway.com

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I didn’t know about the Tweetdeck Directory – going to go check this out! Another one I use Twellow – http://www.twellow.com – it has a pretty sizable membership and great tags to find someone in your niche!

  • http://www.jillkemerer.com Jill Kemerer

    Love the clear, informative tips here. Thanks!

  • LeoWid

    Hi Jill, thanks for your comment. Awesome, glad I could help you out! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Jill, thanks for your comment. Awesome, glad I could help you out! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Kristi,

    It’s great to see you here, thanks for your comment.

    Oh right, yes, I think that’s a great add-on will check it out, thanks for the heads up! Always looking to find more suitable people I can follow :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Kristi,

    It’s great to see you here, thanks for your comment.

    Oh right, yes, I think that’s a great add-on will check it out, thanks for the heads up! Always looking to find more suitable people I can follow :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Ah, yes, absolutely, paying close attention to some informal rules is key and just like you say easily overlooked.

    True that, I am a big fan of scheduling tweets, because I think if you write tweets similar to writing blogposts you will achieve a higher quality!

  • LeoWid

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Ah, yes, absolutely, paying close attention to some informal rules is key and just like you say easily overlooked.

    True that, I am a big fan of scheduling tweets, because I think if you write tweets similar to writing blogposts you will achieve a higher quality!

  • LeoWid

    Hi Brian,

    Perfect, another mention of Twellow, it really is time I go and check it out more closely!

    Good point on not overdoing hashtags, it can easily clutter your tweets and your stream.

    Haha, good illustration there, well done! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Brian,

    Perfect, another mention of Twellow, it really is time I go and check it out more closely!

    Good point on not overdoing hashtags, it can easily clutter your tweets and your stream.

    Haha, good illustration there, well done! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Angela,

    Awesome, glad you like it! Absolutely Hootsuite is a great solution. Your point on taking up opportunities to thank and engage people is a great one and I think it should be stressed a lot.

    Yep, it is a dashboard that allows you do really manage your efforts very efficiently!

    Yes, definitely, it is just like in real life! You have to go out there and pay attention to what others are doing, focus on your own efforts will com naturally.

    Thanks for a great comment, lots to learn here! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Angela,

    Awesome, glad you like it! Absolutely Hootsuite is a great solution. Your point on taking up opportunities to thank and engage people is a great one and I think it should be stressed a lot.

    Yep, it is a dashboard that allows you do really manage your efforts very efficiently!

    Yes, definitely, it is just like in real life! You have to go out there and pay attention to what others are doing, focus on your own efforts will com naturally.

    Thanks for a great comment, lots to learn here! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Crystal,

    Absolutely, I am a big Tweetdeck fan myself for the exact reasons you mentioned it :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Crystal,

    Absolutely, I am a big Tweetdeck fan myself for the exact reasons you mentioned it :)

  • LeoWid

    Wow, thanks glad to hear you think they are useful for a lot of people.

    Ah, so good you mention it here! Paying attention to detail is all that it comes down to in the end. You can’t have a “one fits” all campaign, so true.

    Absolutely, it takes time and you need to build on that – winning the hearts and minds of others one at a time.

    This is a fantastic contribution, I am sure it will be useful for a lot of readers – thanks.

  • LeoWid

    Wow, thanks glad to hear you think they are useful for a lot of people.

    Ah, so good you mention it here! Paying attention to detail is all that it comes down to in the end. You can’t have a “one fits” all campaign, so true.

    Absolutely, it takes time and you need to build on that – winning the hearts and minds of others one at a time.

    This is a fantastic contribution, I am sure it will be useful for a lot of readers – thanks.

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  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Hi Leo!

    Didn’t you learn the tweetdeck directory from me? Anyway you can’t go wrong with doing everything that you’ve mentioned above. A lot of people should learn from you as you’ve been doing everything so well. Having said that, I have to go all out and DISAGREE with something here.

    I am going ALL OUT to say that i don’t like “schedule twitter post” website which you’ve mentioned above. Don’t think that is a page that you should recommend. I recommend

    1) cotweet

    2) BUFFERAPP

    I know it would seem as though you’re self promoting if you mention bufferapp, but i think that bufferapp is a lot better than the website that you’ve mentioned above.I used bufferapp before and I like it, no offense to the founder of course.

    Sorry!

    Aaron

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Hi Leo!

    Didn’t you learn the tweetdeck directory from me? Anyway you can’t go wrong with doing everything that you’ve mentioned above. A lot of people should learn from you as you’ve been doing everything so well. Having said that, I have to go all out and DISAGREE with something here.

    I am going ALL OUT to say that i don’t like “schedule twitter post” website which you’ve mentioned above. Don’t think that is a page that you should recommend. I recommend

    1) cotweet

    2) BUFFERAPP

    I know it would seem as though you’re self promoting if you mention bufferapp, but i think that bufferapp is a lot better than the website that you’ve mentioned above.I used bufferapp before and I like it, no offense to the founder of course.

    Sorry!

    Aaron

  • http://twitter.com/MyCorporation MyCorporation

    Thanks for posting such an informative piece on Twitter. We just signed up with Tweetdeck because of your helpful suggestions!

  • http://twitter.com/MyCorporation MyCorporation

    Thanks for posting such an informative piece on Twitter. We just signed up with Tweetdeck because of your helpful suggestions!

  • http://www.rakacreative.com/ Brian DeKoning

    Another tip to connect with your local community on Twitter is to use Twittergrader and search for the top users in your area.

  • http://www.rakacreative.com/ Brian DeKoning

    Another tip to connect with your local community on Twitter is to use Twittergrader and search for the top users in your area.

  • http://twitter.com/eljadaae Elja Daae

    Hi Leo, great article, great resource. Retweeting :-)

    One thing I noticed – in all the examples of tweets you give, the tweets include a link. And I agree that adding links to useful articles is a great way to be helpful and add value.

    What I find worked for me though, is tweeting less links. When I started to put my thoughts out there, questions, random suggestions – that’s when I really began to connect and build a community.

    I don’t tweet much about what’s for dinner and such, but I do share personal observations, questions, random stuff, things I am passionate about. Partly because Twitter is an important part of my social-professional life. Like hanging out at the coffee machine at the office ;-)

    I am curious to know what your thoughts are on a good mixture of using tweets with and without links? Any rules of thumb?

  • http://twitter.com/eljadaae Elja Daae

    Hi Leo, great article, great resource. Retweeting :-)

    One thing I noticed – in all the examples of tweets you give, the tweets include a link. And I agree that adding links to useful articles is a great way to be helpful and add value.

    What I find worked for me though, is tweeting less links. When I started to put my thoughts out there, questions, random suggestions – that’s when I really began to connect and build a community.

    I don’t tweet much about what’s for dinner and such, but I do share personal observations, questions, random stuff, things I am passionate about. Partly because Twitter is an important part of my social-professional life. Like hanging out at the coffee machine at the office ;-)

    I am curious to know what your thoughts are on a good mixture of using tweets with and without links? Any rules of thumb?

  • LeoWid

    Hi Aaron, thanks for stopping by here.

    Oh absolutely buddy, this was some great advice I picked up from you, I meant to give you credit, but somehow let it slip, nevertheless, there already two more posts in the pipeline which carry the memorable @askaaronlee in them.

    Haha, thanks a ton for the Bufferapp support here buddy. Yes, you are absolutely right, I think the site mentioned above is rather figuratively there for saying that there are lots of services out there that offer you tweet scheduling, well done on spotting it!

    It is great to see you disagree here and I am sure readers will appreciate your advice that there is CoTweet and Bufferapp too out there which you can use to schedule tweets. :)

    Thanks for all your kind words here Aaron, it is a pleasure to have you as a friend :) .

  • LeoWid

    Hi Aaron, thanks for stopping by here.

    Oh absolutely buddy, this was some great advice I picked up from you, I meant to give you credit, but somehow let it slip, nevertheless, there already two more posts in the pipeline which carry the memorable @askaaronlee in them.

    Haha, thanks a ton for the Bufferapp support here buddy. Yes, you are absolutely right, I think the site mentioned above is rather figuratively there for saying that there are lots of services out there that offer you tweet scheduling, well done on spotting it!

    It is great to see you disagree here and I am sure readers will appreciate your advice that there is CoTweet and Bufferapp too out there which you can use to schedule tweets. :)

    Thanks for all your kind words here Aaron, it is a pleasure to have you as a friend :) .

  • LeoWid

    No worries, glad you liked them. And yes, Tweetdeck is awesome, I am an avid user myself! :)

  • LeoWid

    No worries, glad you liked them. And yes, Tweetdeck is awesome, I am an avid user myself! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Brian, Thanks for your contribution here. Absolutely, Twittergrader is a fantastic tool, I have neglected it a bit in the past, but thanks for bringing it up here, have to use it more! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Brian, Thanks for your contribution here. Absolutely, Twittergrader is a fantastic tool, I have neglected it a bit in the past, but thanks for bringing it up here, have to use it more! :)

  • http://learnit2earnitwithlynn.com Lynn Brown

    Leon this is an amazing article of of which is easy for new twitter’s and also a great reminder for those that have twitter accounts. It is so important to stay ‘social’ with good content and never spam. All your tips are very good which I will be sharing with my fans, followers and clients.

    BTW I love using Tweet Deck and I actually sorce a lot of my Twitter friends through groups on Facebook and Linkedin. Wishing you a profitable and successful day!

  • http://learnit2earnitwithlynn.com Lynn Brown

    Leon this is an amazing article of of which is easy for new twitter’s and also a great reminder for those that have twitter accounts. It is so important to stay ‘social’ with good content and never spam. All your tips are very good which I will be sharing with my fans, followers and clients.

    BTW I love using Tweet Deck and I actually sorce a lot of my Twitter friends through groups on Facebook and Linkedin. Wishing you a profitable and successful day!

  • http://asiteforwomen.com Kathleen

    Hey Leo this a great read. Title had me thinking Triberr… I followed your advice with buffer, very nice tool! Newcomers to the scene and older folk like myself [smile] appreciate reliable, easy to read sound advice like your, thanks!

  • http://asiteforwomen.com Kathleen

    Hey Leo this a great read. Title had me thinking Triberr… I followed your advice with buffer, very nice tool! Newcomers to the scene and older folk like myself [smile] appreciate reliable, easy to read sound advice like your, thanks!

  • http://www.paperboatmedia.com Robert Urban

    Leo,
    Great post about relevant audience. So many people are caught up in the numbers game- oooh look how many followers I have. Especially with so many of the following tools, and twitter karma (because you follow me I follow you back). Give me a page or a following of 500 people that really care about what I have to say, instead of ten thousand that I am just another feed to ignore. There is debate about clout and reach, but to me a relevant audience will always be king. Keep up the great work. ( My son loved the explorer graphic BTW).

  • http://www.paperboatmedia.com Robert Urban

    Leo,
    Great post about relevant audience. So many people are caught up in the numbers game- oooh look how many followers I have. Especially with so many of the following tools, and twitter karma (because you follow me I follow you back). Give me a page or a following of 500 people that really care about what I have to say, instead of ten thousand that I am just another feed to ignore. There is debate about clout and reach, but to me a relevant audience will always be king. Keep up the great work. ( My son loved the explorer graphic BTW).

  • LeoWid

    Elja,

    Thanks for your awesome contribution here!

    You are very right, this is another topic well worth covering. You just inspired me to my next post, which I titled “5 different tweets you should be sending and why.”

    I believe your finding that “only links isn’t the best” is very true! I have experienced it myself many times. The mixture that works best for me is about 50% links and the rest containing quotes, questions and simple tweets of appreciation for other users. (@replies not inlcuded)

    So, this is what I would go for and it works quite well for me atm. What do you think about that?

    Oh yea, I think observations and questions are key to create a strong engagement. I much see it as a professional tool myself, yet it also works greatly to tie it in with some more casual topics.

    Would love your views on that! :)

  • LeoWid

    Elja,

    Thanks for your awesome contribution here!

    You are very right, this is another topic well worth covering. You just inspired me to my next post, which I titled “5 different tweets you should be sending and why.”

    I believe your finding that “only links isn’t the best” is very true! I have experienced it myself many times. The mixture that works best for me is about 50% links and the rest containing quotes, questions and simple tweets of appreciation for other users. (@replies not inlcuded)

    So, this is what I would go for and it works quite well for me atm. What do you think about that?

    Oh yea, I think observations and questions are key to create a strong engagement. I much see it as a professional tool myself, yet it also works greatly to tie it in with some more casual topics.

    Would love your views on that! :)

  • LeoWid

    Lynn, thanks so much for your kind words.

    Absolutely, you are very right in pointing it out, that we need to remind ourselves of these things a few times, don’t we?

    Thanks for sharing the tips, glad you found them useful.

    Oh, yes, Tweetdeck rocks, I am a big fan!

    You too Lynn, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day yourself! :)

  • LeoWid

    Lynn, thanks so much for your kind words.

    Absolutely, you are very right in pointing it out, that we need to remind ourselves of these things a few times, don’t we?

    Thanks for sharing the tips, glad you found them useful.

    Oh, yes, Tweetdeck rocks, I am a big fan!

    You too Lynn, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day yourself! :)

  • LeoWid

    Kathleen,

    It’s so great to see you here. Haha, indeed Triberr would have been a good fit here!

    Glad you liked Buffer too, let me know if ever any questions come up, glad to help you out :) .

    Awesome the tips were useful, even for experienced Twitter folk like you. Speak some more soon Kathleen!

  • LeoWid

    Kathleen,

    It’s so great to see you here. Haha, indeed Triberr would have been a good fit here!

    Glad you liked Buffer too, let me know if ever any questions come up, glad to help you out :) .

    Awesome the tips were useful, even for experienced Twitter folk like you. Speak some more soon Kathleen!

  • LeoWid

    Robert, I want to make this the quote of the day! “Give me a page or a following of 500 people that really care about what I have to say, instead of ten thousand that I am just another feed to ignore.” I could have not put it any better, it is a fantastic way to explain it!

    We should, like in real life, care about the people, not the numbers.

    Thanks for a wonderful comment! :)

  • LeoWid

    Robert, I want to make this the quote of the day! “Give me a page or a following of 500 people that really care about what I have to say, instead of ten thousand that I am just another feed to ignore.” I could have not put it any better, it is a fantastic way to explain it!

    We should, like in real life, care about the people, not the numbers.

    Thanks for a wonderful comment! :)

  • http://www.todayhaspower.com Rob

    Thanks Leo,
    This has been very helpful. I actually followed the link off of Twitter (Smart Boy Designs).
    Can you reference a Twitter do’s and dont’s etiquette that I can read?

  • http://www.todayhaspower.com Rob

    Thanks Leo,
    This has been very helpful. I actually followed the link off of Twitter (Smart Boy Designs).
    Can you reference a Twitter do’s and dont’s etiquette that I can read?

  • http://mattrhysdavies.com Matt Rhys-Davies

    This is great information – all too often in the corporate world numbers equate to success. Whereas those in the know, know it’s about engagement and quality of those followers.

  • http://mattrhysdavies.com Matt Rhys-Davies

    This is great information – all too often in the corporate world numbers equate to success. Whereas those in the know, know it’s about engagement and quality of those followers.

  • http://www.webdesignability.com/ Terry Dunn

    Some unique and intruiging ideas to try out. I didn’t realise tweetdeck had a directory and tweetsmarter looks like a tool I must check out. Great article Leo.

    Terry

  • http://www.webdesignability.com/ Terry Dunn

    Some unique and intruiging ideas to try out. I didn’t realise tweetdeck had a directory and tweetsmarter looks like a tool I must check out. Great article Leo.

    Terry

  • keithdshrock

    What do you think of the 6 share others content Tweets and then one sales type post in quick groups?
    Does that still work?

  • keithdshrock

    What do you think of the 6 share others content Tweets and then one sales type post in quick groups?
    Does that still work?

  • http://www.brightcube.ca/ Dave Gallant

    Hey Leo, one thing that I think should be mentioned when scheduling tweets, is to block off a period of time directly after the scheduled tweet goes out to respond to others. I typically leave a window of 30 minutes for Tweets and Facebook posts. I find this helps with engagement, but doesn’t tie you up on twitter all day. You just need to set up notifications, and you’re set.

  • http://www.leehouselynton.co.uk Caroline at Lee House

    What a refreshing statement “A fundamental question when creating your own tribe is to ask yourself, ‘Whom can I help on Twitter?’”. As someone who is still getting to grips with twitter, I work on the principle of it’s all about being generous. And as I am getting answers to questions I tweet, I can see that others are doing the same. Thanks for the info!

  • LeoWid

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your comment, glad the tips here were helpful for you. Ah, I have to thank Christian for bringing you here then!

    I believe if you just follow @TweetSmarter you will get a ton of Twitter Etiquette Tips already. Another one I think is well worth reading is “The ultimate Twitter guide” from Dave: http://blog.tweetsmarter.com/twitter-following/how-to-get-good-twitter-followers-without-automation-software/

    If you are looking for a simple Etiquette post, I suggest this one: http://www.cio.com/article/480318/Twitter_Etiquette_Five_Dos_and_Don_ts_

    Ok, let me know if that helps! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Matt, thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post!

    Absolutely I believe numbers do play a role actually, but they can only be results and not initial drivers.

    Exactly like you say, it is about keeping in touch with your followers what counts! :)

  • LeoWid

    Terry, thanks for stopping by.

    Glad you liked my thoughts. Yep, Tweetdeck’s directory is pretty cool, it was actually @AskAaronLee, another Twitter Titan who brought me to it.

    Sure, give it a go, no worries, glad you liked the post! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Keith,

    Yes, I think this is a great guideline, taking up the 6:1 ratio.

    Personally I am going even further and using a 9:1 ratio, because I think promoting others is just key.

    Not sure if it works for everyone, what do you think about that? :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Dave,

    Yes, absolutely, that is a great suggestion. I believe whenever we schedule tweets, we need to be aware that we can’t miss out on the engagement, just like you said!

    Thanks for the reminder, I believe this is something I should do more.

  • LeoWid

    Hi Caroline,

    Wow, thanks for picking that line out, glad you liked it!

    Great point you make there, being generous is definitely the key. It will only extend your knowledge if you continue to learn about others, glad it was useful info for you! :)

  • http://www.todayhaspower.com Rob

    Hey Leo,
    Excellent! Thanks for those links. Read them both. I needed to read all of this BEFORE setting up my account:) Although, I found it on Twitter through Christian. Thanks for the help.

  • http://declandunn.com Declan Dunn

    Learned a ton from this, thanks Leo – interesting about helping people, I’ve reached out a few times to try this, and coming from a marketing background, getting no response – still it’s early, and that’s what I’ve loved doing on the Internet since the early days.

    What I have found working is to use visuals, I use Twitpic quite a bit to put my photos and own art, especially associated with inspirational quotes that I love…and mix that in with my links. I think the mixture is critical, just business and links does get a bit tiring to me in terms of reading, after all, one of the keys of Twitter also is, can you put it in 140 characters? Huge learning for me, still ongoing, and enjoying it, thanks for the help.

  • http://www.online-business-virtual-assistant.com/ Shilpi Roy – Virtual Assistant

    Wow, lots to digest. Thanks for generously sharing this useful info. Especially appreciate the apps which are shared here. Thanks once again for sharing them with us.

  • http://somethingseablue.blogspot.com/ somethingseablue

    wow! great suggestions, I just need to find a way to get on a more personal level with my followers instead of just tweeting new things in my shop. “think about how I can help” is a great suggestion. thanks!!

  • http://marketingmensch.com/ Gary

    Thanks so much for all the info. Im new on twitter and been trying to figure out how to be most effective. i have to say this is one of the most informative articles I’ve read so far. Thanks so much!

  • http://twitter.com/loveinbloomshop loveinbloomboutique

    This is DEFINITELY the most informative article I’ve read on how to get the most out of Twitter. I am also a relatively new Twitter user, but I think I’m sort of getting the hang of it. Thank you so much for all the help!

  • http://www.aaroneden.com/ Aaron Eden

    This is another must-read article for all the social media enthusiast out there. I am thankful you remind us about the Twitter etiquette because it is being taken-for-granted by many, spammy-tweets sucks. Again kudos to the whole team of SME!

  • LeoWid

    Awesome, glad it helped @5b16e971c07d0f5411bbcdeba17d2511:disqus . Haha, absolutely, but it’s never to late for anything, let me know if you have any more questions! :)

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/URStyleJewelry Louise A Cronian

    Thank you for the great information you provided. Maybe I am stupid I just like to design and make jewelry but there is more to it I know. When I tweet I am not always sure what to say to bring people to my site, I am building more and more people but learning to keep their interest or visit me as I do visit them and join their fb pages and visit their sites. Everyone talks about blogging, what are you suppose to say in blogs I design and make and sell jewelry so do thousands of people. I need help wiith learning blogs since they are the in thing to creating multiple fans. I love sharing other people and helping them but I am always left behind and I am not woeing is me just fact. How do I connect and stay connected better and help myself as well.

  • LeoWid

    Hi @declandunn:disqus , thanks for your comment!

    Ah ok, that is interesting, I believe it is just like you say, it is still early and success on Twitter comes with consistency over a longer period of time.

    Absolutely, glad you are bringing up the mix here, @twitter-63300150:disqus has made a great comment about it before and I believe it is just like you say. You need to put quotes, pics and other personal things in to make your stream fresh.

    Glad you liked the article! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi there, glad you liked the article and awesome the apps mentioned here are useful!

  • LeoWid

    Yes, you are absolutely right, finding a way through that you can really interact on a personal level with your followers is absolutely key! Glad you could take that away here. :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi @neuractr:disqus , thanks for stopping by.

    Awesome, well I am really glad all this was useful and I believe especially when you are starting out on Twitter, this will hopefully be of help for you.

  • LeoWid

    Wow! This is amazing to hear, thanks for your kind words.

    Glad it helped you through the early stages, I think there is thankfully a ton to learn on and about Twitter.

    No worries, let me know if you have any more questions, gladly help you out! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi @aaroneden:disqus thanks for your comment.

    Awesome, that’s great to hear. Absolutely the good old Twitter etiquette is easily forgotten, glad you took it as a useful reminder.

    Yes, the SME team is great and it is a fantastic experience to work with them together! :)

  • LeoWid

    Awesome, really glad you liked it! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Ankukohli, thanks for the kind words, glad you liked it.

    Sure, will definitely take a look, thanks for the contribution. :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi there,

    Oh right, yes I totally get what you are saying. Even the most of efforts in helping others can be in vain sometimes.

    I believe the best thing to do is to really research the people you are engaging with. In your case, that is other people interested in jewelry and design. Find leaders in that niche and people who share the same enthusiasm for these things. Naturally they will connect back with you.

    Let me know if that is of help for you here.

  • http://www.stepupleader.com/ Susan Freeman

    Great post! I’ve also found that using a hashtag while engaging in a webinar is a great way to build a Twitter community of like-minded followers. You may be listening to the same content in the webinar but your perspective can be different. When you tweet about content that you found useful from your own perspective, it gets the attention of others also participating in the webinar. Even using hashtags around your industry or location can attract followers with the same interests. I’m very community involved so I always hashtag my city when tweeting about local concerns. It connects me with others in my community that are doing the same.

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  • http://twitter.com/SMMagic SocialMediaMagic

    Great tips – these would be good for almost anyone to learn and implement! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  • https://www.facebook.com/BestsellerWisdom Bonnie Brooks

    Hi Leo, thank you for another very useful post on social media.

    What resonated most for me was the question you asked about how tweeters can help other people. That’s the part that is the most fun for me – connecting on a personal level through DMs or @ mentions, sharing useful info others have posted or sharing info or quotes they might be interested in, etc. – rather than focusing on “What’s in it for me?”

    Anyway, I’d be interested in your take on a couple of things:
    1. Automated DMs. I used them initially because that was advice I received from others, but find that the DMs I typically respond to now are ones that really seem personalized to me. Most of them I ignore, which is unfortunate because some may really be personalized and I don’t know that. (BTW, adding my name doesn’t count because that can be automated too).
    2. A string of 5-10 tweets that simply mention your name and that of 4-5 other people each with #FF or a similar hashtag attached with no other context. Then several people retweeting those and remention you. I don’t feel comfortable thanking people in these examples. Prefer to do it when mentions are more personal.

    How do these approaches (other people’s ways of engaging and my somewhat limited response to them) stack up with your view of proper twetiquette in building one’s Twitter tribe? I don’t want to seem ungrateful but….

  • http://www.aaroneden.com/ Aaron Eden

    One more thing, I appreciate the effort of replying-back to all the comments here one-by-one!

  • LeoWid

    Hi Tracy,

    Great point you are making. Hashtags are another great way to build your community.

    To be honest, I haven’t quite looked into it too much, but I certainly will do so now, thanks for the advice! :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi there, glad you liked the post.

    Thanks for sharing the invitation here, will take a look if I get a free minute.

  • LeoWid

    Hi there,

    Thanks for taking the time and wording out your thoughts here, I really appreciate that.

    Absolutely, it is all about helping others and you are right this is the most fun part too! :)

    Great points you are bringing up here which I think are well worth discussing. As regards auto – DM’s I think there are a lot of better ways to connect and get in touch with people, just like you said.

    My experience is that connecting takes time and comes naturally and organically, auto-DM’s might not be the best way to achieve this.

    I believe sometimes they do act as a good point to get in touch, even though I personally wouldn’t send them out. If they are wittily crafted, I happily get in touch with some people, otherwise I am much like you ignoring them. :)

    Oh right, yes, another great point. Again, I am much on your side and I believe #ff-tweets with a string of a lot names doesn’t add value to my followers, so I try avoiding them.

    If I am mentioned in one of these tweets, I still thank the person as they thought about me in a very positive way.

    No, I believe retweeting these tweets isn’t a good thing, as it rather contains some self-praise.

    So yes, that is largely my take on your points, which I think are well worth thinking about! Let me know if that helped you out in any way :) .

  • LeoWid

    Thanks, I believe it is the least thing I can do if others take the time to comment! :)

  • http://www.cathrynhasek.com Cathryn

    Hi !

    I found this article to be extremely helpful to newbies to Twitter like myself. I am trying to build a platform of followers through my blog, twitter and facebook to help me when I am finally ready to tackle seeking publication for my writing. There is no better way to show a “tribe following” than twitter as it seems more and more people are trying it out. Thanks for keeping up with the new and helpful tips and sharing them with all!!

  • http://kcclaveria.com KC Claveria

    I think that your article brought up some really good points, @twitter-110821538:disqus . I’ve been using Twitter for two years now, but I only discovered now that @tweetdeck:disqus has its own directory.

    One thing I’m not sure about is scheduling tweets. Personally, I don’t feel good about them. When big stories come out (e.g. Osama’s killing), it really becomes apparent who schedule tweets. Their tweets become so out of place. My recommendation is to actually schedule tweets no more than 3 hours in advance. Anything more than that and you’re risking looking kinda foolish when breaking news come out.

  • Rae

    Very helpful even passed your link to a friend who owns an online magazine. As business owner myself, I use hootsuit for my fitness business @TotalLifeFit. Hoping scheduling twitter posts saves me some time.

    Rae Upchurch
    http://www.totallifestylefit.com

  • http://www.thenerdynurse.com/ The Nerdy Nurse

    This is a wonderful article and has provided me with some tools I wasn’t aware of that I predict will be a huge help on twitter. As much as I’d like to use twitter as organically as possible, sometimes finding the right tools can make the potential headache of being engaged, accessible, and entertaining a much easier pill to swallow.
    Thanks for this resource!

  • http://www.businessonlinecoaching.com Charles Kaluwasha

    HI Leo,

    Thank you for the tips on etiquettes while using Twitter. We often take it forgranted without putting into consideration by addressing someone or not replying and appreciating someone who has re-tweeted your article.

  • LeoWid

    Hi Charles, thanks for your comment.

    Yes, exactly, I think it is key to always show respect for a RT, no matter how long we have been playing the game :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi there, thanks for your kind words!

    Yes, I think you are very right. Being organic and using tools doesn’t have to be a contradiction, they can definitely complement each other.

    No worries, glad you liked it :)

  • LeoWid

    Hi Rae, absolutely, I think Hootsuite is a great tool and I am sure it helps you a great deal with your efforts.

  • LeoWid

    Hi Kelvin, thanks for your comment.

    Oh, glad I could point you to it, the directory is definitely very helpful.

    Yes, you are making a very good point with big events. My personal experience is that if you are known for tweeting consistently some high quality content, then I believe your followers will still appreciate it.

    Do you believe that if you really focus on your niche then big stories might not matter too much? Would love your views here.

  • LeoWid

    Hi Cathryn, glad you found the article helpful.

    Absolutely, the key is that it doesn’t happen from one day to the next, if you can maintain a consistency then I am sure it will all come by itself! :)

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com/ Ricardo Bueno

    Hi Leon,

    Great write up of advice to follow! Personally, I think that using Twitter lists (both public and private) is one of the most effective things you can do. Some people wake up and read through their twitter streams like it’s the morning paper (myself included). Only in this case, I’m looking through my client Twitter lists and reading tweets from those in my “Inner Circle” – people that I brainstorm ideas with and the like. I think doing this is particularly effective because as you cautioned, without a little organization and tact, Twitter can become nothing more than a time-suck.

    As for your outward approach to twitter, I think it should always be: “Seek to be helpful, first. Selling comes later.” Reminds me of how @jonathanfields opens his mornings with his tweet: “Who can I help today?” That should be your approach, every day. No quicker, better way to build a community than to seek to help others rather than the selfish approach that screams “look at me, look at me, look at me.”

  • LeoWid

    Ricardo, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a fantastic comment.

    Yes, you are absolutely right, lists is key and just like you say it is the only way to keep the overview!

    Oh, very well put, moving away from teh “me, me, me” is not only the best, but also the fastest way to reach your goals.

  • http://twitter.com/iBradWilson Brad Wilson

    This article has perhaps one of the most irritating pop overs in the history of irritating pop overs. I can’t read the first part of the article until I give personal info? Now way.

  • http://twitter.com/iBradWilson Brad Wilson

    Sorry about that last comment. Kind of a knee jerk reaction and wasn’t really that nice. The pop over covering the article might just be the way it displays on my Mac.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Brad, it only shows up one time and of course you have the option to lose it :)

  • http://kcclaveria.com KC Claveria

    Good point about your followers appreciating consistent high quality content. An example of that I can think of is @GuyKawasaki:disqus — It’s obvious that some of his content are scheduled (and posted more than once), but I don’t mind it that much because of its quality.

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  • http://cathypresland.com/guide-to-starting-a-business/ Cathy Presland

    Good post – I don’t currently use the tweetdeck directory so that’s a great new tip for me.

    Thanks Leo :)  

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  • http://www.craftluxuries.etsy.com Irene

    really good advice. Im going to head on over to my twitter account and use all the things I found out from this article. especially the one about the retweets. I didnt know we could find the people who retweet our tweets. Im kind of new to twitter.thank you! 

  • LeoWid

     Irene,

    Thanks a lot for your comment. Glad you found the mentioned tips useful! :)  

    Sure, go ahead and give it a go, hope it helps. Making your retweets personal is definitely a great improvement to anyone’s tweets I believe. 

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  • http://twitter.com/Ronny_FTC Ronny Hermosa

    Great article, it got me into tweeting. I created my account and now I want more!
    Thank you for this great post. 

  • LeoWid

    Wow, Ronny! That is the most fantastic thing and definitely my highest goal: To make getting on to Twitter easy for anyone. 

    Absolutely made my day :)  

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  • http://socialmediazap.com/ Mark Austria

    thanks for this. checking out tweetdeck directory now.

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  • http://www.crowdstudio.in/ Jaseem TS

    “Absolutely it takes time and you need to build on that – winning hearts and minds of others one at a time”

    Amen to that!







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