To show the power of the one-forty, all my comments will be constrained to 140 characters in the true Twitter fashion.
A General Guide
It’s not about you: You can assume that people are less interested in you and more in what you have to offer. It’s all about your followers!
Use a profile picture: If you don’t have a profile picture, people will either not take you seriously, or think you’re spamming. Post a pic!
Spell accurately: Don’t give in the temptation of “how r u 2day?” It may take creativity, but you can say what you need in 140 characters.
Engage your followers: Asking questions, either broad or specific and personal, helps your followers feel valued. Show them you care!
Manners: Be courteous in all your interactions. Don’t slander or mock, but always encourage and build up. Who wants to follow a mean person?
Mention others: Use @name when talking about a Twitter user. This gives all your followers a link to click on, and will be appreciated.
Don’t alienate: If your followers tend to be middle-aged entrepreneurs, boasting about your video game statistics may not be the best idea.
Find like-users: Look for Twitter users who like what you like. Not only may you find a new buddy, but you may get ideas of who to follow.
ReTweet unselfishly: many people copy a tweet and add “RT:” so that they’re name is prominent. Instead, just hit the “ReTweet” button.
How To Get Retweeted
Do unto others: If you want people to ReTweet your messages, you need to be in the practice of ReTweeting as well. Be generous!
Just ask: If you really want your message to spread, simply ask for a ReTweet. Don’t abuse this power, but when needed it does work!
Include a link: A Tweet is more interested if it leads to something else. Include a relevant link to something fascinating in your message.
Don’t mention yourself: People are more likely to ReTweet when your message doesn’t revolve around you. Be interesting, not self-centered!
Schedule your tweets: paying attention to time of day can help you gain notice. Aim for break times if nothing else (9am, noon, 5pm).
Ask “Why?”: If you are writing a tweet, take a moment and ask yourself why anyone would want to ReTweet it. Is it news? Humor? Information?
Enjoy the unique world of Twitter, and follow me @jonthewatson!