10 Cool Tips for Twitter Users

Twitter is the coolest social media tool. Those who do not use it are perhaps living in the Stone Age! It started as a SMS service (Short Message Service), and now grown viral to become one of the most used communication platform for all walks of life. This 140-character micro-blogging platform was formed in 2006, now has over 500 million users. Its popularity can also be judged by that fact that despite a banned in China, Twitter users have grown to over 35 million earlier this year. Three large markets for Twitter are now China, India with over 33 million users and the US with around 30 million users.

These are three largest markets – Can anyone ignore this fact that large numbers of social communities are now using Twitter as a tool to share, communicate and market? Most influential politicians, journalists, opinion formers and celebrities tweet and engage communities in discussions.

Having said this, for new users Twitter is still quite vanilla flavored. They generally struggle in understanding how to use it and what to expect from this tool. Following are 10 Cool Twitter Tips for non active and new users:

  1. Have a Cool Profile:
    Twitter profile is your identity. You need to spend time in creating a profile that represents who you are, what your passions are, etc.
  2. Have a Cool Picture:
    I say Eggs Unwanted! That is true, if you have an Egg on your avatar instead of a cool picture, you will not attract followers.
  3. Follow Cool Tweepls:
    Twitter helps you find possible people to follow. You can use specific categories such as Fashion or Sports etc and see who is already on twitter and simply start following those you wish to know.
  4. Follow Back:
    I recommend following back your followers, but check the profile first. If your follower is relevant to your interest, do not hesitate. Also it is courtesy to send a “thank you” tweet to your new follower.
  5. Tweet Cool Stuff:
    When on twitter, you must keep tweeting. That does not mean you spend rest of your life tweeting only. It means that you allocate certain time (perhaps only about 20 minutes during lunch break, or while you are in the bus or train) to tweet news, links to articles etc.
  6. Respond to Tweets:
    You are not expected to see every tweet (it is impossible to do that), however if you are tagged in a tweet, it is courtesy to respond.
  7. Use #Tag:
    Hash Tag helps your tweet reach out to people who are not following you, but following a specific topic or event. So if you are twitting about Social Media add #Socialmedia in your tweet and so on. You will see people responding, retweeting and also following you on a regular basis.
  8. Retweet Cool Tweets:
    If you like a tweet, just push the retweet button. This action improves your visibility on twitter, and also keeps your twitter account active without much effort.
  9. Remember Important Days:
    If you actively tweet on days of significant importance or events that many people follow, chances of gaining followers are much higher. Try this.
  10. Block Spammers:
    When you become active on twitter, you will see many spammers trying to interact with you. In most cases, if you look at the profile, you will see that spammers have hardly any follower. Use the Block feature of Twitter to get rid of these or any other unwanted Tweep.

Undoubtedly, Twitter is an extremely powerful tool to interact with a large community around the globe and perhaps the only way to follow what social influencers are sharing online. A slow and steady start can make you an expert in couple of months.

In six years, Twitter has reached from 1 tweet to over 1 billion every 3 days – Enjoy the twitter ride!

About the author

Hammad Siddiqui Decoding the Mystery of Career Development- Life coach & Career Advisor-Traveler-Trainer- Authored "Bootstrapping Your Career" and three eBooks -26 Yrs Exp in International Development - A passionate Trainer, Blogger and social media strategist - Qualified from US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Loves reading, traveling, mentoring.