How to be social on Twitter

by Robyn Wright on November 13, 2014

in Social Media

How to be social on Twitter

Back in the day Twitter was so much more social. It still is often, but several people rely on it now as more of a billboard and just stream out links to their own content. For me, I want to continue to be social on Twitter and always am encouraging others to do the same. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

  • Follow Social People
    Find those that are being social and chatting on Twitter already and be sure to follow them. I also suggest creating a Twitter list of these people so you can easily find them and their tweets.
  • Answer and Ask Questions
    When you do see others asking questions on Twitter take a minute to reply with your answer. I have started some great long term friendships with people on Twitter this way. Be sure to ask your own questions to start conversations also.
  • Use Popular and Trending Hashtags
    Watch trending hashtags and join in if they resonate with you. Do not rely on just the trending though, find hashtags that are popular with your business, interests, hobbies, etc. and use those regularly so that others with those interests can find you. For commonly used hashtags create a column on HootSuite (or your preferred Twitter client) to easily follow what is happening.
  • Create Twitter Lists
    If you are not taking advantage of Twitter lists you are missing out. I have many lists that organize those I follow by topic. Examples of my lists include foodies, brands, geeks, PR/marketing, St. Louis people and businesses, education, health, and several others. I use HootSuite as my primary Twitter tool and so I can easily create tabs and columns based on these lists to help me stay on top of topics with quick skims.
  • Join Twitter Chats and Parties
    There are thousands of regularly scheduled Twitter chats, also known as parties, to participate in. Some of these are brand engagement, like the weekly #VZWBuzz parties I do each Friday, and some are based on a topic and may or may not be sponsored like the Sunday night #blogchat hosted by @MackCollier. Find scheduled chats that fit your needs and join in the conversation regularly.
  • Retweet Good Content of Others
    When you do find good content from others on Twitter be sure to retweet (RT) it. You should always click thru the links to check them before RTing though. Do not just blindly RT everything a friend sends out – be selective.
  • Share Your Food
    Yes, people still like food tweets and respond to them. If you are one of the minority who do not like this than obviously skip it, but it is a great way to be social. Food is a common denominator for all humans because we all have to eat.
  • Share Your Weather
    Just like food, weather is a common denominator. Major weather events like tropical storms, blizzards, etc. are particularly popular. I am not saying to take advantage of disasters at all, just saying to be part of the conversation of weather happening in your area. Share updates, share resources for help, etc.

These are all ideas that can help you become more social on Twitter and really engage with other people. They key to using social media is to be social! Unfortunately too many people forget this at times. I use Twitter for fun and it just so happens when I do this it expands my business as well. Thinking of it as fun and social first and business second seems to be the key that has worked best for me.

Please be sure to follow me on Twitter also @RobynsWorld 

How are you social on Twitter?

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1 tannawings November 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I am afraid lately I havent been as social. About in September or so I start tweeting for Christmas and Toys for Tots. I am kind of focused.
The other thing is I am just overwhelmeed- so many want follows now that my feed is such I cant even see the people I want to when I do have time.

2 Robyn Wright November 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

This is where the lists really come in handy. I NEVER look at my full feed of people that I follow. I only look at my lists which makes things SO much easier!

3 Brooke November 13, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Great tips, Robyn! Since I’m rather new to Twitter (though I joined in 2009, as my profile reflects) I really appreciate this.

4 Christie November 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

Thanks for the tips, I enjoy doing twitter parties so I can learn about new products and also meet new people on twitter.

5 AngelaLilly November 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

I use three different twitter accounts actually. I have one for my photography biz where I share a photo a day and anything having to do with my biz. I also participate in Klout via that account. I have one account just for giveaways & social media communities like Influenters and Smiley360 where I do my giveaway entry tweets, share reviews of products I have tried, and share photos of freebies I have gotten. My final account is my personal account. Here I share random statuses of my daily life and interact with my IRL friends. :-D

6 coupontammy November 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

These are great tips! I do notice that the tweets that are fun or ask a question usually catch my eye. Your tweets always standout. You do a great job of being social.

I would love if you did a tutorial on HootSuite. I have used it a few times for Twitter parties. I just don’t know how I would set it up for daily use. You know I love when you teach us how to use programs. :)

7 Brian H. November 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

Awesome tips. I try to be social but sometimes people don’t like me because I’m a giant man-child. I’ll always have you though, to answer all my techie questions.

8 Amber rizer November 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I wish more people were like this !! I enjoy talking to others on twitter and have made some awesome twitter pals as I call them ! I’m always curious as to see how the weather is in their hometown, their slang and just other various things that differ from state to state !

9 Amber rizer November 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I wish more people were like this !! I enjoy talking to others on twitter and have made some awesome twitter pals as I call them ! I’m always curious as to see how the weather is in their hometown, their slang and just other various things that differ from state to state !
@AmberRizer3

10 Sandra January 17, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Great tips. I use some of them. Can’t seem to remember the hashtag! :)

11 Robyn Wright January 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm

The more you use hashtags the easier it is to remember them :-)

12 Rachel W. Lewter January 18, 2015 at 11:08 am

I’m trying up update my blog, I’m years behind. Very informative, thank you.

13 Robyn Wright January 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Glad you found it helpful @rachelwlewter:disqus

14 Carolyn Barnett January 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm

my blog is lacking and I need to do better on twitter.

15 Dawn Schamp-Monzu March 10, 2015 at 2:25 am

I had no idea that there was so much to Twitter! I usually only use it for my giveaways that I enter. Wow! I have learned a lot reading this….thank you so much!!!

16 Robyn Wright March 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Yes, so much more to Twitter than just a place to enter giveaways Dawn! Jump on and make some friends!

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