I logged on to my Twitter account today and was surprised to see that in a couple of short weeks I have gained 69 followers on Twitter (and none of them are members of my family!). I’m having some great conversations with people and discovering a lot of valuable information. So I started to wonder, now what? How do I keep the momentum going and build some quality relationships? Here are some of the helpful answers that I came across.
- Follow the right people
- Connect and engage
- Share great stuff
- Be available
- Say thank you
Even if you share good quality information on Twitter regularly, if all you do is make posts you won’t receive a lot of comments or retweets. Making time to interact with your followers and build a sense of real community is vital.
- Overtly boast or show off about having “so many” followers.
- Try too hard to engage
- Stress out
- Blast sales messages and/or spam your followers
- Make your content all about you, all the time
- Become complacent
- Follow people back just because they followed you
- Obsess over how many followers you have
- Cryptic tweets
- Repeating old news
- Using too many # and @ signs
- Just links without commentary
- Boring tweets
Derek recommends that to hold your readers’ interest it is important to:
- Be funny and witty
- Create curiosity
- Be interesting
Armed with these tips, I am am confident that I will continue to create a great network on social media and develop mutually beneficial relationships with my followers.