#HowTo NOT Lose Followers on #Twitter
Some find Twitter to be intimidating, scary, spooky and unnerving. In my opinion, it’s none of those but could be a bit confusing from afar. When you break it down, it’s simply about using common sense and acting like a decent human being. It’s another channel of communication that, when used effectively, can yield impressive results both in your personal and professional life. This not only applies to Twitter but can also be applied to any social network like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. How long would you keep a friend if you showed up at their doorstep always selling something? Not long. Here are 20 Twitter tips for tweeting that will show you how to not lose twitter followers…plus 1 bonus tip.
Start a conversation: See someone you want to engage with? Start a conversation! Many people are on Twitter because they want to have a social relationship. Don’t be serial about it, but relevant conversations may boost your Twitter credentials.
Tweet a deal: This can be a double-edged sword. If you have something to gain from it, you should be careful how you do it. If you are sharing someone else’s deal (and have nothing to gain) you’ll fare much better. Make sure there are no hoops to jump through that will annoy people.
Tweet useful info: When you come across it, tweet it! Twitter is a great way to get useful resources into the air. Use the great information, articles, etc. you find as content for your brand. You’ll get credit for the tweets when you share and also credit the authors of the info.
Use a hashtag for rogue promotion: If you jump in on someone’s party and start spamming with their hashtag (#), prepare to get a Twitter beatdown, which you deserve. Some large brands have taken it on the chin trying this one.
Follow Friday: It’s simple to Tweet #FF plus a few user names, and it makes people feel special. When that happens, you usually are in good graces with that Tweep. It’s a nice gesture and a good weekly habit to get into. In some circles, this has already been overused so feel it out.
Use SMS short code: This is also debatable. Personally, I think it’s ok with obvious words in a few parts of a tweet. I like to save about 16 characters at the end for people to comment when retweeting, and this is a gr8 way to do that. Just be careful what and how you abbreviate.