Before Twitter, I was a Facebook junkie. It was a great venue through which I could keep in touch with friends and family anywhere in the world.
I got bored of Facebook very quickly.
When I started blogging, my husband introduced me to Twitter. I didn’t get it at first because it was nothing like Facebook. Twitter was just a bunch of status’ in a news feed and the feed was often overwhelming, especially during my first #wineparty experience.
Then, I met Carri. On Twitter she’s @CarriBrown and if you tweet her something funny or sarcastic, she’ll tweet you right back.
Carri has become a good friend of mine. I read her blog Mommy’s Little Monster Blake on a daily basis because her posts are witty, sarcastic, thoughtful and entertaining. Never a dull moment over at Carri’s place.
Today, she’s my guest and she’s here to tell us all a little bit about Twitter. Whether you know it or not, Twitter has rules.
Twitter is like a friendship – you must give before you can take.
And yet all day long, tweeps (that’s Twitter peeps) commit sin after Twitter sin and risk losing the opportunity to make friends on Twitter.
Why do you need Twitter Friends?
As a blogger, networking is key and what better way to network than on Twitter? There are over an estimated 250 million users on Twitter, from your old high school buddies to your favorite celebrity!
Twitter allows you to broadcast whatever is on your mind in just 140 characters, earning it’s place as the “SMS of the Internet“. Since information streams so quickly on Twitter, it’s important to put your best food forward.
How do you make friends on Twitter?
Remember how I said that Twitter is like a friendship? Well, making friends on Twitter is a lot like making friends IRL (in real life).
– Be yourself! The best way to make friends on Twitter is to be yourself. Nobody likes a faker and nobody likes being lied to. Let all of your awesomeness show and you’re bound to find like minded tweeps!
– Participate in Twitter Parties. There are numerous Twitter parties that happen every week and the best part is you don’t need to RSVP! Love wine? Then join us for #wineparty, which starts every Friday at 6pm Eastern. Want to learn how to vlog? Follow the hashtag #vlogtalk on Tuesdays from 6 to 7pm Pacific. Mothers suffering or recovering from postpartum depression can join #PPDChat on Mondays at 1 and 8pm Eastern. Foodies can get their fix on Thursdays from 5-7pm Pacific by following #foodparty.
– Respond to @ mentions. Ignoring someone is rude. When a fellow tweep takes the time to @ mention you, respond.
– Follow back cool tweeps. Be sure you check for new followers and follow back tweeps you are interesting in hearing from. Sending them a quick @ mention to introduce yourself is always appreciated!
How do you lose Twitter friends?
Follow these simple steps to annoy your fellow tweeps:
– Constantly complain. We all have those days where we need to vent to anyone that will listen. But being a Debbie Downer won’t win you any friends, IRL or on Twitter.
– Auto DM. Do you like spam? Neither does anyone else. Sending an automatic “Thanks for following me! Here’s my blog URL” direct message is the quickest way to lose a new follower.
– Creep. Don’t be a creeper, which is basically another name for “stalker”.
– Don’t engage. Believe it or not, tweeps want to get to know the person behind the avitar. Seasoned Twitter users will check out your Twitter page before following you back. If you have nothing but RTs and links to your latest blog post, they are likely to pass on the follow back.
Be sure to follow me @CarriBrown. I’m always open to meeting new tweeps!
Thank you, Bruna, for allowing me to share some of my Twitter knowledge!