When beginning something new, there are often things we learn along the way…usually from mistakes we make. I consider these learning opportunities 🙂 So often when we teach about Twitter we are limited on time and the really important pitfalls aren’t explained clearly at the beginning to enable others to avoid these mistakes. That’s the purpose of this post.
2-Unfollowing and Blocking People
4-Don’t be a Machine-Engage!
When I first started using Twitter, I was so excited to share as much information as possible thinking people wanted information. What I missed was the fact that people quickly catch on to what each of us Tweets about, timing, and our attitude about it. It has been so much fun over time to meet various people at conferences in person after engaging with them on Twitter or seeing their tweets for months or even years! In many ways, you feel like you have a connection because of what that person tweets about.
It’s also important to not schedule all your tweets. Scheduling tools are great and I use them nearly every week…but it’s also important that others see you’re tweeting sporadically or your tweets seem more like a machine than like a real person behind the tweet. Remember, your Twitter handle is your personal Twitter brand for the information you’re sharing. Are you personable or robotic?
I say all of that to say, don’t be a machine in only spitting out information. I often use Twitter to “lurk”…follow conversations between farmers who are tweeting to each other from their tractor cabs…sometimes I even jump in-which is the beauty of Twitter as these are all open conversations! Engaging means asking questions of the people we follow, retweeting their information, mentioning them in a tweet and asking what they think about a particular idea, etc. Twitter is a great way to gather ideas around a topic or to engage in thought-provoking side-conversations and questions during conferences/business meetings while others are speaking. It’s a great overall resource!