Hello, Tweeters! I woke up compelled to share this brief but very important tid-bit on tweeting today. But, first I need to know – are you a tweeter-dee or, are you just a Tweeter-dum-dum?
Many of us (myself included) hopped onto social media and found ourselves in a deer in headlights moment. Some of you joined Twitter years ago, and you are still standing in that very same moment today. C’mon, just admit it.
Well, it’s time to stop staring at those headlights and get your butt on across that road!
Before I just jump right in, for those of you who don’t know the difference between a Twitter handle and a Twitter hashtag, here is a quick legend:
–@RRBC_Org is a Twitter handle
–#RRBC is a Twitter hashtag
Now, here are just a few of my tips on “how” to tweet effectively…
- If you’re tweeting from someone’s blog post or a page on your site or someone else’s site, and you want others to retweet (share) the information as well, always include some Twitter handles in your tweet (i.e. @nonniejules @jacktheripper @canthandlethetruth, etc.). It’s so easy to do and really increases the chances of that tweet getting more attention than little ole’ you can give it. Merely add the Twitter handles of your followers. They pop up as soon as you click the tweet icon from someone’s blog and begin typing with the “@” symbol;
- If you’re creating a blog post, ensure that your Twitter handles and hashtags are already included in the heading of the post. That way, when someone tweets your page, the most important handles and hashtags are already there and ready to draw attention to your post. Tweet out my RRBC Author Page and notice the information there, which I’ve included in my heading. Now that’s an effective tweet!
- When you’re promoting someone else on your blog site, or just on Twitter, always include their Twitter handle in the heading of the blog post, OR if you’re sending out a tweet on someone’s book, etc., include their Twitter handle in the tweet. If you send out a blog post or a tweet directly from Twitter in support of another and you don’t include their Twitter handle, they will never know you’re supporting them;
- Include hashtags in your tweets. Now, don’t go stealing someone else’s hashtags. For instance, if you’re not a member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, don’t include the #RRBC hashtag in your tweets, or, our many other hashtags specific to our club. It’s just plain rude, especially when you know better. That doesn’t apply to just RRBC, though – that’s for any organization that has created a specific hashtag for their group. (Some organizations might not mind, but extend the courtesy of asking first if the hashtag looks specific to an organization). At RRBC, our members get credit for the books they read from our catalog. That’s the purpose of using those hashtags to bring attention to those books… so to make it easier, we ask that if you’re not a member of the club, please refrain from using our hashtags;
- If you’re sending out a quote, try using hashtags like #quotes #quotesdaily #quotestoliveby, etc. When you do that, those hashtags bring greater attention to your tweets as there are people who search Twitter for such hashtags;
- If you’re an author and you write under specific genres, always include your genre in your tweets when promoting your book. For example, poetry is one of the genres I write under, so when I’m promoting one of my poetry books or even a poem I’m sharing on Twitter, I always use the #poetry hashtag;
- When you’re promoting your book(s) or an event, create a hashtag for your book(s) or your event. For instance, if you search Twitter for #NoPedigree, my short story, you will find a stream of tweets on my book. If you search Twitter for #NJ12DaysOfAuthors, you will find a stream of tweets for that event, as well. How about you try searching both and supporting both right after you leave here? I’d greatly appreciate that and so would the authors in the “12 Days” series! When I’m tweeting others, I tend to create tweets for their books, as well. This is a great method when others are looking to support just your book or your event, and they can’t find any tweets on your timeline of your stuff, because you’re so supportive of others! By the way, being that supportive of others on social media, is an awesome thing!
- Lastly and most importantly, before you retweet anything on Twitter, take the time to read the tweet first. If someone is asking you to support their book, support their cause, or visit their blog, by all means, please do so. No one succeeds in this world alone, so let’s all help each other out. Another reason you don’t want to retweet something without reading it first, is you just might be retweeting porn, and if you’re not into porn or you’re a pastor of a church, I can see that mistake turning you beet red and leaving you open to a lot of questions when you realize the huge mistake you’ve made.
I hope this post will help you to become a better tweeter and yanks you right out of tweeter-dum-dum status. It’s really not hard, at all, especially when you implement the tips above. You don’t want to be on social media spinning your wheels for naught, do you? Utilize these tips and watch your Twitter status improve immensely!
Until next time… let’s Tweet!!!