Twitter has been around for ages — internet ages to be exact. However, not everyone is well-versed in the ins and outs of this social platform.
If you’re one of those people called newbies in the Twitter world, you just came to the right place. We have compiled a list of 9 essential tips for those who are starting to give Twitter a try.
10 Tips for Twitter Newbies
#1. Write an awesome bio
Yes, this is our most important twitter tip for beginners. The reason is because, right now, you’re just a speck of negligible importance. People don’t know who you are yet. That’s why you need to write an awesome bio.
A good bio won’t cut it. You need an awesome bio that describes who you are and what you do. Put your wits and personality into it but stay true to yourself. Let people know they’re following a real human instead of a fake persona.
Be sure to add hashtags in your bio too. If you’re an aspiring astronaut, a person who aims to be the next Elon Musk, or just someone who loves to tweet about space exploration then your bio better include the popular tags in that niche such as #space, #nasa, and #spaceX.
#2. Engage your audience
Simply posting something then hoping your audience to like and comment has never been and never will be never good enough. People will breeze through it most of the times. You need to get the audience involved.
One good way to engage the audience is to ask questions. Not a simple yes or no question, but something that allows the audience to tell a story. For example, you can ask “What’s your worst irrational fear?” or “Who’s the person you direly wish to see right now” or any question like that.
Also reply to comments and answer questions. Remember that engagement is a two-way street. It’s only polite to actually interact with the people who actually care about what you have said in the first place. Interacting with your followers give them the validation that you care. When you show that you sincerely care about your audience, they’ll do the same.
#3. Do not annoy your followers
The best way to get buried deep in the Social Meda burial is annoying your followers with promotions. It’s one thing to monetize your account, but spamming promotions after promotions will have your followers leaving by the hordes.
Not sure if you’re annoying your followers or not? Check the engagement! When people start to react negatively to your posts or ignore them altogether, you know you’re doing it wrong.
#4. Join the trend when it’s relevant
Alright, there’s nothing wrong with going with the trend when it’s relevant to you or your audience.
For instance, if the hastag #BestFriendsDay is trending right now, use it as the chance to ask people questions about their best friends. Perhaps something like “Who’s that one friend who will just love to live on Mars?” or something like that.
You can always tweak what questions to ask to fit with the theme of your Twitter account. Let’s say you aim to be the best Twitter king of gadgetry. You can ask, “What is your BFF’s favorite gadget?” Be creative. There’s always a way to fit the trend to your purpose.
#5. Take on the character limit
A 280 character limit gives you plenty of space to tweet just about anything. No need to abbreviate words as if you’re writing a text message on a Nokia 3310. You can even fit a short story in your tweet now.
#6. Vary your tweets
This is a critical tip for new users. Use text, images, and videos in your tweets! People actually watch videos on Twitter. They love them.
What’s that? You’re only comfortable using text in your tweet? Then put the text on a background image and spice up the text with pretty fonts and colors.
#7. Retweet with comments
Retweeting interesting tweets is what makes Twitter goes round. Don’t be reluctant to find tweets relevant to your audience and retweet them. However, do add your own opinion, share your personal experience on the issue, or ask what your audience thinks about it.