Monday, July 18, 2011
1.To build a following on Twitter from scratch, you need to come up with tweets that are interesting and informative. When you set up your account, people will look at your profile so have something interesting to say in that too, so that viewers will not dismiss you at first glance.
You also need to be active if you intend on getting followers. Reply to any tweets that interest you. If you get a response from that person and start a conversation, your Twitter link will wind up on their profile page. This could have a snowball effect in turn as their followers could be interested in your content and start to follow you. Always start the whole process by following people you actually know. Generally, people who you follow will return the favour so beginning with friends is a great way to start a following.
After you get started, there are various tools that can help you increase your followers.
2. Learn about lists. Place people in lists according to their profession etc. Writers, marketers, professionals for ease of navigation. Want to find people in particular professions use the #mark in front of the name of the profession. Learn about @ and shorten web addresses.
3.Tweet meaningful things that show who you are as a writer and person. Don't flood everyone with sales pitches and spam. Despite one person who tweeted S**T my D** Said. Don't expect to get a book or TV series from using profanity. If you're not funny normally, you're not likely to accomplish it on twitter.
Facebook and Twitter:
1. Don't bash your boss, where you work, your ex-wife or husband, mother-in-law or say anything you don't want to come back to haunt you. Posting personal problems are a no-no. No one wants to hear about problems that go on and on that never get resolved. And keep your political, religious and sexual beliefs to yourself or you definitely run the risk of offending someone and losing "friends".
2. Don't friend people if they don't offer something that will benefit you. Recognize spam for what it is. If they can't speak your language on twitter, you don't want to follow back.
3. If you don't have time to post two or three times a day on facebook and twitter, you won't get the benefit from them that you are seeking.
What has been your experience on Facebook and Twitter? Do you have ideas to share?