There’s no doubt about it.
Twitter is my favorite social media platform.
To me, Twitter is easy. There are no images to deal with. No waiting around for likes or shares. No figuring out what the heck I’m supposed to be +1’ing or hanging out with on Google+.
Twitter is just me and some words. Some brief words.
Because it has come very naturally to me, Twitter is also the social media platform where I have the most followers. Alas, it does NOT rival Pinterest in driving traffic to my blog. Last I checked, it accounted for less than 5% of the referral traffic to my blog.
But that’s no reason NOT to keep loving Twitter. In a nutshell, Twitter is FUN. And in a world of bad news, stress, and more bad news, what’s not to like about FUN?
Here are some tips for having fun on Twitter.
1. Get the app.
When I started on Twitter in 2012, I did so using my desktop computer. Six months later, I got my first smartphone about the same time I got a Kindle. Suddenly, with the Twitter apps on both, it was super easy to check and use Twitter more frequently, even if only for a few minutes a day. And more time on Twitter definitely equals more engagement.
2. Tweet people.
Did you read a funny tweet? Reply to it or retweet it to your followers.
Did someone ask a question? Feel free to answer.
Liked a product? Tweet the company.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a relationship with someone on Twitter simply by replying to one of their tweets. Several of the products I’ve reviewed on my blog started when I tweeted the company that I liked their product.
People and companies are listening. One of my biggest retweets came this fall when I praised Walt Disney for its movie, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. As a mom, I wanted to share how funny and family-friendly I thought the movie was. Disney liked my compliment and retweeted me to over 2 million followers!
That said, there are PLENTY of times I tweet people or companies and hear nothing but crickets in reply. That’s okay and to be expected. The great thing about Twitter is that it is so fast you won’t have time to feel sorry for yourself that one little tweet didn’t light up the Twitterverse.
3. When you tweet, be yourself.
There are plenty of ads and weird accounts on Twitter. People can easily tell if you’re being disingenuous. Take that Disney tweet for instance. I didn’t write it to try and get exposure. I really liked the movie.
Don’t try and sell yourself; just be yourself.
4. Follow those who may follow you.
It’s intimidating to start on Twitter with zero followers. Or 10. Or less than 100. But we all started somewhere. Check out the user’s profile. If she is following 100 people, but has 3,000 followers, then chances are she won’t follow back. But if she has roughly the same amount of followers as those she is following, then chances are she will follow you back.
The “Who to Follow” suggestions on the right side of your Twitter dashboard are worth a look. I follow lots of interesting, cool people that were first suggested to me by Twitter’s “Who to Follow”.
5. Follow who you want to follow.
That said, just follow who you want to follow. I follow some celebrities who will never follow me back. I still enjoy these celebrities. Plus, maybe they’ll answer you one day! It happened to me with my favorite rock star, Bryan Adams:
@ExperBadMom thanks v much, glad the music helped!
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) March 9, 2013
6. Use Twitter for live events.
The beauty of Twitter is its immediacy. I’ve never had more fun on Twitter than last year’s Oscar broadcast, when the tweets were fast and furious – and funny to read and answer! (You can read about my Top 3 Oscar Twitter Moments.) The Super Bowl is an obvious live event coming up that will see a lot of people tweeting during it. Join them!
TV shows are known to live tweet during broadcasts, too. One of my favorite shows, About a Boy, did this recently. I’m watching the show anyway, so why not watch – and tweet – with other fans? Here’s a tweet I sent out that actress Minnie Driver then retweeted to her nearly 100, 000 followers:
Seriously, that’s just fun!
My blog didn’t grow exponentially because of the retweet. I didn’t generate thousands of visits to my site and tons of ad revenue. But I sure had a smile on my face that day thinking that Minnie Driver liked what little ol’ me (or in this case my husband) had to say.
I hope you can use these tips to have fun on Twitter, too. Are you on Twitter? Have you made any good connections? Do you have any other tips for enjoying Twitter?