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I thank you for spending time to read the posts here! As the title of this post suggests, I don't intend to give you one more dose of 'How to tweet?' success tips already covered by hundreds of websites. Instead, I just want to share what I consider as the art of tweeting in 140 characters. With over 66,000+ tweets at the time of writing this post, I feel I have acquired considerable experience by being an avid observant of how, why and what people tweet.
In other words, I look out for patterns and try to connect the dots which brings in a lot of fresh ideas and even help validate existing concepts. If you've been on twitter for some time then you'll find that every individual has a unique style of tweeting. Some may be tweeting content related to their professional field, some about their day to day activities, travel, etc; some about movies and celebrities, while some tweet as subject matter experts who also help you when you need some assistance. There are many more types which you'll only get to know once you jump into the twit-pond! Ever since I joined twitter in 2009, I've experienced traction in my thinking skills, reasoning and most importantly the ability to craft crisp and to-the-point messages. This also helps me in my professional field as in Marketing, we often have to deal with communication assignments and cutting down 500 or 1000 words to 140 is seriously no joke. Now I've understood why we had those Reading Comprehension lessons in English back in school. Without adding much, I'll put down some tips for tweeting well, or as they say - the art of tweeting in 140 characters:
- Be Yourself. On twitter, people like to follow and interact with those who are original and remain themselves. Maintain your unique identity, you don't have to copy anyone. Just tweet naturally as it comes along.
- Follow good people. How you define 'good' is up to but you should follow a few good folks either with common interests, knowledge experts or location based. They have their own style and you will automatically learn from them.
- Talk sense. Try not to tweet every single detail of your life, no one really gives a heck. Also, people like jokes but not non-sense. Occasional wise-cracks are alright but common sense should be evident through your tweets.
- Read and share. While there's no written rule, it's a good practice to read an article before sharing it. Don't blindly retweet. It's ideal to do a native retweet but if you opt for a manual RT, then add a line before to share your perspective.
- Respond to replies. When people converse with you, converse. Don't ignore their replies to you, respond to their tweet as you would in real life. Just take care that you do not disclose more than required. Draw a line.
- Add value. The way you respond, share and help others adds to your credibility. Add value by sharing experiences & quality links, answering queries and giving correct advises. Be careful to not spam other's TL in excitement.
- Don't showoff. There's a thin line between sharing your happy moments & showing off. Smart folks can make out who's genuine, so don't always thump your chest. That doesn't mean you totally ignore accepting accolades, do thank people.
And then once in a while you bump into someone who makes Twitter seem like an interesting place again.#nowfollowing @arifkhan7
— Rashmi (@rush2mee) November 29, 2012
@arifkhan7 how about something we like? I like your optimistic attitude that shines through your tweets.
— Kalpesh Shah (@IamKalpesh) December 5, 2012
@arifkhan7 how to thank you... forsharing such useful and informative stuff, always:)
— Shweta(@VSShweta) December 5, 2012
@arifkhan7 I like reading your wonderfully crafted tweets. Kudos!
— Mitesh Sanghvi (@MrMiteshSanghvi) October 22, 2012
@arifkhan7 gotta learn the art of tweeting from you.
— Vani Taneja (@vaanitaneja) November 1, 2012
Remember, there is no defined art of tweeting but you can always create your own unique style in 140 characters. Through this post, I hope you get some direction in understanding the art of tweeting in 140 characters. Do leave a comment below about your experience. And, if you're on twitter, then say a hi to me @arifkhan7!