How to grow small business on twitter

It’s 2013 and many small businesses may have experienced a significant drop in ranking. Some believe they will never fully recover and internet marketers are going crazy trying to figure out ways to fix their mistakes.

But if there’s one thing we are all sure about then that is Twitter is one of the most powerful marketing tools out there at the moment. It is estimated Twitter users will grow by five million in the U.S. alone, reaching 36.3 million users by the end of 2013 (this sourced by eMarketer). 

So what can small businesses do to improve their SEO with the powerful tool that is Twitter. First of all, the company should look at it’s appearance. It must have a good account name, preferably one that pertains to the company, and it should be short. Account names are incredibly searchable. Almost anything you type into Google will have a Twitter pal to go with it. Say you want to use a small freight company to send of material overseas – you type in their name and they will have a twitter account – it’s guaranteed that will be one of the first things that appears on the first page. So the name is important – it must correlate with the brand name. Your ‘handle’ must also be searchable. (For those who do not know, the handle is like your username and is what comes after twitter.com/freightcompanyforexample) It can be changed at all times but it’s important to keep it the same so as not to cause any confusion. Always have your website’s URL on your profile. 

The second thing you must do is optimise your bio and make sure you have good photos. It’s a good idea to put hashtags into your bio, so for example, if you are a freight company use something like #freight or #transport. Search engines use Twitter bios constantly. Use as many keywords as possible – but also try to make it an entertaining bio. Bio’s are important – it is usually the deciding point on whether someone wants to follow you or not.

Of course, it is important to make sure everyone knows you have a Twitter account. This means advertising it on all platforms, including in the signature of your emails, having a twitter icon on your website, on all your blogs and so on. You get the picture.

You must also make sure you follow the right people – there is no need to follow spammers and bride-seller professionals. If you follow the right people the right people will follow you.

The last but not least most important thing you should consider is what you are tweeting. Try to keep everything industry-related but also light-hearted and interesting. Also, try to add as much multi-media to your tweets, people love photos and videos. Re-tweet to get re-tweets, tweet regularly, try to involve yourself in conversations with other fellow like minded individuals and READ your feed. Very often people will not read their newsfeed – it’s important to know what goes on there. Understand your followers – get to know them -figure out what interests them. Another important tip is to make sure you keep your tweets short – this makes them retweetable. Re-tweets are obviously top priority if you want to reach new audiences. The golden rule is to never forget to use URL shorteners such as Bit.ly – sticking a huge link into your tweet makes you look hugely unprofessional – I suggest bit.ly because it provides a good analytics tool which you can make use of when trying to analyse your stats and clicks.

Lastly, you must multi-task. What I’ve done is I’ve opened up two twitter accounts – one that is directly related to the company – with a company logo and a company bio. I’ve also created a separate personal account which includes my company’s URL. That way I can have twice as many followers and spread my content faster and quicker. It may sound a bit too time-consuming for small companies but it’s totally worth the time. I promise, if you tweet right, people will respond. For more tips on Twitter email Ronny Lee  at ronboi11.rr@gmail.com or follow me on twitter @RonnyRod1

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10 Twitter Tips for Photographers and Artists

With each new day we are becoming photographers and artists who use more and more social networks, and in particular, many are beginning to enter the world of Twitter. Very simply, I wanted to focus on some ideas that might be interesting in your handling and positioning within this application that allows us to send messages to the world in a 140-character format.

 

 1. As I mentioned in the article the The 10 Big Rules of Photography. Or so I think … , we must be willing to share our knowledge. More or less, the community will value us more if we are generous with our professional colleagues. As I have read in several places, Twitter works based on the Karma: The more you supply, the more you get back.

2. We are allowed to tweet 140 characters. Take advantage of them. Think about the essence you want to convey to your followers, while looking for a concise language, that is simple and friendly. If we choose a username too long, it will affect the characters that we have available, affecting our interactions with others.

3. Ask yourself who will be your followers. As part of our branding and brand image, we must be consistent with our messages and be dynamic every day. It is a good idea if we create a fund that matches our image, giving greater cohesion along the way. At the same time, find and locate gurus or personal tweets on the topics that interest you most.

4. It is preferable not to use too many # hashtags.  Some search engines may consider these messages as spam .

5. When starting a web page, or a Facebook artist page, select the name of the account in a cautious and smartly manner. In my opinion, it is better transparency, also choose a recognizable name; you might have to match the artist name, brand or company. The final product should be simple, and straightforward.

6. Review your followers. I regularly, check my account, and lock or delete all accounts that do not give me credibility, or in any way, undermine the image of my business I ethic. If you take the time to learn about your followers, you are offered more tools to interact, and create synergistic relationships in the network.

7. Choose wisely times in which the world will follow your posts. Do not forward to the community the same materials repeatedly, and select cautiously. If you want to share a piece of material that has great value with your followers, you can rewrite the message, playing around with language.

8. We must always respect others. You may not agree on some ideas, but creating bad energy in our actions with our different networks will likely, have a negative effect on our karma. Take time to thank your RTs, and other positive comments that you receive, along with others that are useful, and provide guidance: This great tool allows for constructive criticism to the community and its members.

9. Read and educate yourself on the proper handling of Twitter. Some books that I recommend include:

The Twitter Book
The Tao of Twitter: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time
Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets

10. Keep calm and follow me: @ronnyrod1 

27 engaging twitter tips for musicians

Being a musician, you have one fantastic advantage over everyone else: you can make music. And if people take time out to listen, jam with you or even shell-out to watch you doing it in a dingy venue, how hard can it really be to attract an audience on Twitter?

Loudmouth rockstars have had a platform to gob-off since time began. The birth of the internet made it easier, blogs made it easier still and now, Twitter is the latest icing on the cake for communicating. In 140 characters or less, of course.

But while @britneyspears‘ record label can Tweet about ‘shopping trips to Coral Gables for purses and sunglasses’ (yay!) and still attract 362,781 followers (and counting), the average bedroom beatmaker is going to have to try a bit harder.

We’ve put together the 27 tips you’ll need for successful music Twittering – from basic etiquette to chart-domination and every Tweet in-between. If you make music and you’re not on Twitter: start here. If you’re already a member: STOP, and start again from here…

27 engaging Twitter tips for musicians

1. Have an objective

What do you want to achieve? If you want to widen your fanbase by building a Twitter community around yourself, talk about making music and eventually try to take over the world, you’ve come to the right place. Knowing what you want is half the battle, stick to the following and you’ve a great chance of achieving it…

2. Be descriptive

 

Choose an appropriate username, don’t call yourself @TheDarkKnight if your band is called Loose Change. Provide as much information in the bio section as you can – believe it or not, people will read it, as you should read theirs…

3. Get to know your audience

People fill their bios in for a reason – read them, see what they’re into and talk about it. That way you will…

4. Engage with your followers

 

The golden rule. Don’t just talk about yourself, take an interest in everyone else. Reply to messages and be as personal as possible. If it’s good enough for Trent Reznor…

5. ENGAGE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS

Seriously, it’s that important. More of how to do it effectively below.

6. Learn from the pros

@stephenfry has a gazillion Twitter followers for a reason. Keep an eye on thetop Twitter users and learn from the masters. Here are 21 musician Twitters to get you started.

7. Get noticed, make headlines

 

John Mayer makes the news merely by Tweeting about going to the toilet. He’s an international celebrity bed-hopping superstar, however, so we’ll have to try harder. Paul Smith was an unknown blogger from Newcastle, UK, before mutating into the headline-grabbing @twitchhiker. His faithful followers offer him accommodation and choose his next round-the-world destination. So do the musicians’ equivalent…

Next page: thinking big, Twitpic, Twitterfall and sharing your music

 

8. Think big

It could be as simple as allowing fans to choose your setlist, but why stop there? Let them plot your tour. The bigger you think, the better. Twitter is still relatively young so, like Paul Smith, it’s not too late to be a trailblazer.

9. Talk topical

A fail-safe way to get noticed is to have an opinion… on anything. OK, perhaps Noel Gallagher’s relentless spiel of social commentary can grate after a while, so let’s keep on subject. Talk about the music you like, make and the gear you make it with.

10. Search for it

 

The social networking industry (that’s FacebookMySpaceTwitter etc to you and me) is making a lot of fuss about Twitter’s search functionality. It’s advanced, so let’s use it. Search for keywords and join in other conversations.

11. Be specific

The search facility is ‘advanced’, remember? If you want to talk about your new synthesizer, don’t just search for ‘synth’, search for “Moog Little Phatty” etc. The quotations tell the search engine you’re interested in a specific string of words.

12. Eliminate the useless

You can also use the minus sign (-) to eliminate words: search for “Moog Little Phatty” –virtual, if you’re only interested in hardware, for example.

13. Or, let Twitterfall do the hard work

 

There are countless applications for keeping up-to-date with Twitter. Twitterfallis one of our favourites for following trends and feeding us content we care about most (er, music). Twitterfall’s concept is explained rather neatly here.

14. Use the hash tag (#)

 

When you’ve finally decided what you’re going to Tweet about, add a hash tag to your keywords like this: “Anyone else going to #SXSW this year?” It helps the search functionality and helps people find you.

15. Retweet

 

Copying is a form of flattery (unless it’s copyright material, of course!), so follow your peers and Retweet their most interesting content. Write ‘RT @musicradar‘ followed by the Tweet you want to copy. Hopefully they’ll repay the favour, spreading your updates around for all and sundry to see.

16. Always use the @ tag before a username

 

If you click on the reply link next to, say, one of MC Hammer’s Tweets, the reply box opens up with an @ before the username (@MCHammer). If you’re referring to any other Twitter user, always manually add the @ tag. It creates a link back to their Twitter homepage and, as before, hopefully they’ll repay the favour. More eyes = more followers = more exposure for your music.

17. Follow the 90/10 rule

90% of what you share on Twitter should be made up of personal insights and thoughts along with a heavy dose of helpful links, while 10% should be made up of messages that more directly benefit you.” TwiTips 90/10 argument is a compelling one – try and stick to it.

18. Use Twitpic

 

Everybody loves looking at pictures – it’s easier than reading and can be a lot more insightful. Post a photo of your new guitar, a studio session or even the sorry excuse for a backstage area at your local pub’s gig night. The average Joe will be impressed, even if you weren’t.

19. Share your music

 

Don’t forget you’re a musician – so share you music! Post interesting remixes and demos or early tracks that your new-found audience might not be aware of. You can post links to YouTube or your MySpace page in the usual way but if you’re feeling adventurous use Twt.fm of Blip.fm. Sign-up for a DJ account and amaze your audience with your musical taste.

Next page: thinking bigger, collaboration and exclusive content

 

20. Share your work-in-progress

Don’t stop at demos, either. If you’re working on a dance track, post the half-finished drum loops. Or if you’re recording with a full band, post the separate guitar parts as you go.

21. Ask for opinion

Asking a fan or fellow music maker for their opinion might sound dangerous, but allowing them involvement in the creative process will endear them to you no end. Hey, if it’s good enough for Kanye West…

22. Why not collaborate?

Back to thinking big: if you’ve recorded a track, why not put a shout out to would-be remixers to give it a going over. Or get others to upload their own guitar solos – you might end up recruiting a new band member!

23. Offer exclusive content

Reward your Twitter crew with music unavailable elsewhere. It might be an early demo, or an alternative take that never made the cut, either way, your faithful followers will feel rewarded and, hopefully, boast about it to all their friends…

24. Find locals, secure your immediate fanbase

 

Not only can you search Tweets by the language they were written in, you can search by the location they were written. Enter your postcode into the ‘places’ section of Twitter’s advanced search feature and choose a search radius (within 10 miles, for example). Ideal for communicating with locals and offering local discounts, perhaps?

25. Follow industry types, bug them

 

You’ll probably find a number of music executive types will, eventually, come round to the idea of using Twitter. When they do, you’ll be a seasoned pro. Keep an eye out for newcomers, befriend them and bug the hell out of them until they give you some attention. You might even get signed (hey, think big, remember?).

26. Spread the word online

Devoting all this time to Twitter might leave your other social networking pages looking rather stagnant. So add a Twitter widget and keep them updated, too. Go to Twitter’s widget section to add a pre-built feed to your MySpace,Facebook or Blogger profile. Check out MusicRadar’s MySpace page to see what we mean.

27. Spread the word offline

And finally, don’t miss any opportunity to pimp your Twitter presence. Add a note to your gig flyers or even announce it during a set.

Good luck, see you on Twitter! @ronnyrod1

 

 

Twitter and Business

Here are my top ten basic Twitter tips for business owners… If you’re new to Twitter these tips will get your business started on one of the most dynamic, cost-effective, and fun social networks for businesses 😀

 People go to Twitter to share what they know and learn in return. Twitter users are hungry for new ideas, opportunities, information, services, and products. If your business is not part of this exchange, you’re leaving two huge opportunities untouched—growing your business and improving it.

Business of all sizes use Twitter for a variety of reasons, from marketing to customer service, but for the small- to medium-sized business that’s still finding its footing on the microblogging site, we offer these five tips and best practices.

1. Define Your Purpose and Goals
Why is your business on Twitter? If the primary (or only) reason is to drive traffic to your website, you need to rethink your strategy. The Twitter community values interaction with real people. If the only thing you’re adding to the conversation is a push to visit your website, you aren’t going to have a strong and valuable reputation on Twitter. Some people will still follow you and click your links, but you’ll be leaving several unique opportunities on the table, untouched.

1. Define Your Purpose and Goals

 

Setting Twitter aside for the moment, what does your business or organization need to do better? Some misguided business leaders think they need to be Twitter because “that’s where our customers are,” and don’t see that Twitter is a tool that can help a business achieve its real goals. Is the business growing rapidly, and you need to find new employees or contractors? Is one of your business’s pain points that it doesn’t listen to its customers or clients? Do you need to improve internal communication between employees? Twitter can help you address those issues and many more—read on to learn how.

2. Assign the Right Tweeters
You’ve just hired a young, bright intern who’s active on plenty of online social networks, which is why her first assignment will be to set up a Twitter account for your business. Bad idea! If you want to really leverage Twitter for your business, you need dedicated employees involved. The intern can certainly help you monitor the account and maybe teach your staff basic Twitter etiquette, but she should not be the sole person behind it.

Knowledgeable. Depending on what goals you’ve set, you need someone who knows the issues related to those goals inside and out. Let’s say your business is growing and you need to hire six Java programmers in the next three months. The person you want tweeting in that case would be someone who codes in Java, not the human-resources manager. If your goal is to better address customer comments—and these will include complaints, questions, and praise—you need someone on Twitter who handles customer service, which in a very small business might be the CEO.

A good listener. The person or people you assign to manage the Twitter account should be as good at listening as they are at speaking and writing. It’s very important on Twitter to respond to people who post messages at you (using the @ symbol next to your Twitter account name, and through direct messages that are more like email). I’ve interacted with several professional businesses on Twitter who have never once answered my messages. I no longer follow them. You don’t need to say much to acknowledge another person’s existence on Twitter. A simple “@TwitterName It’s a known issue. We’re working on it” or “@TwitterName Thanks!” is all that’s needed.

Trustworthy. Most important of all, put people you trust behind Twitter. It’s a powerful platform that spreads information to millions of people very quickly, and one misguided employee can cause disastrous effects. You need to trust the people who represent your company on Twitter completely. Larger businesses may want to have their employees agree to a few basic guidelines for social media, although I personally feel that a contract-style social media policy is usually unnecessary. One of the problem of contracts is that they don’t convey trust. The employees representing your business on Twitter need to feel trusted in order to cultivate their voices and write like a human being. Twitter is not an advertisement or slogan—it’s a real person talking with a community of other people. Find people you trust completely, and give them reasonable autonomy.

 

3. Cultivate a Voice

3. Cultivate a Voice

Real names. People on Twitter want to know the name of the person on the other end. Here’s how some of the strongest businesses on Twitter do it: they use the company name as the Twitter handle, and in the profile information, they list the employees who manage the account by their real names. The employees then identify themselves when they tweet by include a carrot and their initials (like this: ^JD).

Identity. If it’s important for a brand to have a “voice” or identity, it’s even more important for a real human with a name to have one. Photos help, but with Twitter, you can only upload one photo per profile. How do you get real faces on your Twitter page if more than one person is using the account? General Motors, often named one of the best business on Twitter, came up an elegant solution. The company designed a background image that contains the names and photos of the four employees who tweet for the company. It’s a brilliant solution.

Guidelines, not rules. Getting an individual’s voice to blend with the organization’s can be tricky if the employee is not a PR or marketing professional, but with some general business guidelines and good common sense, it should happen quickly.

Personally, I don’t think most companies need to shroud their employees with a full-force “social media policy” because the rules usually focus too much on what not to do, and that runs counter to community values, like honesty, openness, and sharing. If you trust the people tweeting for your business, let them do what’s natural and comfortable for them—their voices will come through, which will improve their reputation on the site. The one guideline they need is this: “If another person on Twitter asks you anything you’re not sure about, tweet, ‘I’m not sure. I’m going to ask the right person and will get back to you by the end of the day.'” Encourage your tweeting employees to be honest and upfront. Push home the point that tweeting is an integral part of the business and that other employees should be involved, too, if only as a resource for the designated Tweeters.

4. Follow the Right People
I’m a firm believer that on Twitter, quality outweighs quantity. It’s best to follow and be followed by interesting, influential, and useful people. Remember that your profile is open to the public (only in the rarest of circumstances would a business make its Twitter account private). Anyone can see whom you follow and who follows you, and those people can affect your credibility.

Clean lists. Block, report, or delete all the spammers and people pushing adult content (unless that’s your line of business, of course) who follow you.

Find connectors. Keep the list of people you’re following chockfull of relevant users who will be interested in your content and will feed you interesting ideas that are worth re-tweeting. Look for active Twitter users who post frequently (at least a few times per week) about your field of business. Try to develop a relationship with these people, and be as valuable to them as they are to you.

Use search. Twitter’s search bar is one of its greatest assets. Search for your business name and terms related to your field of work often, and when you see the same names and faces turn up in the results day after day, follow them. You can create saved searches for terms you look up frequently, letting you perform this action in just a few mouse clicks. Get in the habit of it.

5. Have a Sense of Humor

5. Have a Sense of Humor

Related to the third tip on this list, having a sense of humor helps immensely on Twitter. No one likes a drone. When people are free to cultivate their own voice and speak freely in 140-character messages, a like humor is going to come through, and your customers will appreciate it.

 Business-appropriate. Keep your business Twitter account business-appropriate when it comes to humor. You don’t have to be funny and crack jokes; just keep a positive and light-hearted attitude. For example, I tweeted at Starbucks Coffee, “I keep reading that you are one of the best biz tweeters! Care to share a tip or two for how it’s done?” and the reply was, “smile a lot. And drink coffee, lots of it.” It’s not ha-ha funny, but it’s not a straight and dry answer either.

For more tips on how to use Twitter for business, see Twitter’s list of best practices for businesses.

Follow me on twitter @RonnyRod1

Top 237 Twitter Users Who Will Follow You Back

Before we start let me just remind you to follow me on twitter @ronnyrod1 …………………………………………………..As Twitter hits its stride and emerges as a juggernaut in social media, the top users on the site are distancing themselves from the pack.  The race to 1,000,000 followers will be achieved in a few months by some accounts.  With such strong followings, many new or inactive Twitter users may not think that there are top accounts that will follow them back.
On the contrary, there are many. In fact, many users with tens of thousands of followers will follow just about everyone back.  Some use tools to automatically follow anyone who follows them. Others actually go through and manually add their new followers. Regardless of the method, these 237 accounts will most likely follow you back, even if you’re a Twitter newbie.

100,000+ Followers
@BarackObama
@DowningStreet
@TheOnion

50,000-100,000 Followers

@GuyKawasaki
@Starbucks
@Scobleizer
@BigRichB
@Astronautics
@CaseyWright
@PerryBelcher
@AlohaArleen
@Nansen
@TheBusyBrain
@RobMcNealy
@MichaeMillman
@Zaibatsu
@WBAustin

40,000-50,000 Followers

@Jonathan360
@HashTags
@TheDigitalLife
@Andrew303
@ESPN
@MrSocial
@ChrisPirillo
@Stejules
@DaveMalby
@Eleesha

30,000-40,000 Followers

@CraigTeich
@StephenKruiser
@Jerell
@BradHoward
@Foodimentary
@ScotMcKay
@EdStivala
@RockingJude
@ShannonSeek
@RadioBlogger
@MikeKlingler
@RonnieWilson
@DanTanner
@MikePFS
@TechXav
@SocialMediaClub
@FLWBooks
@Kamper
@AndrewWindham

20,000-30,000 Followers

@Oliver_Turner
@_SamJones
@KMesiab
@Mark33
@StanleyTang
@Barefoot_Exec
@JackBastide
@NicheTitans
@MarketingZap
@PragueBob
@Twitter_Tips
@TwitPic
@00Joe
@JeanetteJoy
@OHHDLInfo
@MariaAndros
@JeanLucR
@TMaduri
@TwitLive
@NewMediaJim
@MarkDavidson
@OpenZine
@BryantSmith
@TYSONtheQUICK
@DrJeffersnBoggs
@JayOatway
@Upicks
@Gemstars
@MichDdot
@SethSimonds
@JesseNewhart
@Zefrank
@RichCurrie
@KarlRove
@SitePointdotcom
@iPodiums
@AlexKaris
@HoleInHisEye
@Pistachio
@OudiAntebi
@DSMPublishing
@PeterSantilli
@Orrin_Woodward
@QueenoftheClick
@StockTwits
@MarketingProfs
@MariSmith

10,000-20,000 Followers

@MarcWarnke
@Debbas
@SteveWeber
@TUAW
@KikiValdes
@WayneMansfield
@USBargains
@Rex7
@CoffeeTweet
@LarryLanier
@JulieRoy
@JamesRivers
@MikeFilsaime
@Montaignejns
@SeanMalarkey
@WebAddict
@LarryBrauner
@Leplan
@AaronMartirano
@JeffPulver
@Teedubya
@DCRBlogs
@ShawnRobinson
@KonaEndurance
@TradingGoddess
@JohnReese
@InfadelsAreCool
@Techhie
@Nabbit
@DiyanaAlcheva
@Unmarketing
@Meteorit
@TrafficGen
@StaffInSeconds
@PeterDrew
@LittleQuiz
@TeddyShabba
@DawudMiracle
@RightWingNews
@OutsideMyBrain
@Dollars5
@MediaBistro
@Adnagam
@COasis
@NicholasPatten
@AlexisNeely
@EverywhereTrip
@E_Stampede
@ChristianFea
@MojoJuju
@eMom
@RizzoTees
@Anexemines
@AmericanElement
@TravisGreenlee
@RickySantos
@PawLuxury
@KrisColvin
@PinkElephantPun
@JasonFinch
@LonnieHodge
@JanSimpson
@Stickham
@DaveLawrence
@CaliDeals
@JamesByers
@JeffHerring
@Linc4Justice
@GSpowart
@HowardBienstock
@Peter_R_Casey
@BettyDraper
@MichaelEmlong
@Dexin
@The_Gman
@BobCallahan
@TrendTracker
@TylerTorment
@GarinKilpatrick
@Jim_Turner
@Ann_Sieg
@Ken_Cosgrove
@Frostfire
@Pat_Lorna
@WineTwits
@BradFallon
@TimJensen
@PhotoCanvas
@JasonMitchener
@Bill_Romanos
@MikeMayhew
@HawaiiRealty
@9Miles
@Sotero_Garcia
@Loyalty360
@WeirdChina
@MarkRMatthews
@SteveOuch
@Socrates_Soc
@Comcastcares
@ChrisMoreschi
@CoffeeCupNews
@WillieCrawford
@LouieBaur
@Coolsi
@Nicolane
@NixTheNews
@EzineArticles
@Hubpages
@ChrisSpagnuolo
@FredaMooncotch
@SheriTingle
@JustingLover
@ShortAwards
@Flap
@SuggestionBox
@JimDeMint
@TweetStats
@theBilly
@ThaPaparazza
@WritingHannah
@0Boy
@ThinkGeek
@LanceScoular
@MayhemStudios
@TraderAdvice
@Dana_Willhoit
@JimmySmithTrain
@JoelDrapper
@Kidscash
@KellyShibari
@SteveGarfield
@JasonTryfon
@DanSchawbel
@LookCook
@JudyRey
@MJBerry
@EdwardMoore
@BlackBottoms
@DougH
@CrumCake
@ProsperityGal
@Lotay
@JudyRey

How to Use this List

Regardless of what stage you are in Twitter, if your goal is to accumulate active followers, the people on this list are good for that.  Most on the list are active and interact with their followers on a daily basis. They retweet to their followers when they find something interesting on or off Twitter and many of them post high-quality tweets.
Some do not, and you’ll be able to identify the spammers and self-serving users from what appears in your stream. This list has not been validated for quality (maybe a future blog post) but rather to help new and experienced users grow their followers.
Unfortunately, I did the list backwards. Anyone who wants to grow their Twitter account should start from the bottom and work their way up, adding all 237 either all at once or spread out over time. The advantage of adding from this list is two-fold:
Obviously, as these users have demonstrated a willingness to follow those who follow them, it gives you a likely additional follower.
The side-benefit of adding from this list is that once you follow them, your account will, for a short period of time, be at the top of their followers list. Many users build their Twitter followers by adding the followers of users such as these, so being at the top increases your account’s exposure and the number of opportunities for other users to follow you.
This blog does not condone “Twitter Follower Spam” or whatever you would like to call the practice of adding a ton of followers, unfollowing them later, and adding more in a vicious cycle of growth, but hey, it works, and many people do it. This is just a resource to help users at every level build their accounts as quickly as they would like.

Remember Follow Me On Twitter @RonnyRod1 🙂

40 Twitter Power Tips That Turn Newbies Into Students, Experts Into Pros

One of the things that makes Twitter so great is that there’s always something new to learn.

As the platform expands and new people join and make their impression on others, attitudes shift and what we thought of as norms become relics and clichés. That’s both inevitable and healthy.

But some advice is still golden. Some tips are still wonderful, and some truisms are just kick-you-in-the-crotch and spit-on-your-neck fantastic. And at the very same time, some rules are meant to be broken. Everything is just a guideline. And there’s nothing more important than going it alone. The trick is blending all of that together.

Here are 40 tried and tested Twitter tips.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Don’t be intimated. Twitter’s learning curve can be a little steep at first but it essentially boils down to three things which you’ve been doing all of your life: reading, writing and sharing.
Twitter isn’t Facebook. Twitter isn’t really anything, but whereas the public side of Facebook skews towards being friends with people you know in real life – which you might call ‘friends’ but they’re often, at best, almost-forgotten acquaintances – Twitter is more about making new connections, sharing information and riding the information curve. And after a while, those differences will become obvious.
That said, everybody needs a mission statement. Why are you using Twitter? What are you hoping to accomplish? What could you accomplish?
Twitter is a public network. The things you say are visible to all 200m+ users on Twitter (at least, theoretically) and are also tracked by Google and numerous other search engines and aggregators. So, be bold, and be brave, and be remarkable, but also be mindful about your online legacy, which has already started and is about to get monitored even more closely and likely be visible forever.
All that said, relax. It’s meant to be fun.

YOUR PROFILE

Use a photo of YOU as your avatar. Not a celebrity, not your pet, not your baby and not your partner. You. That’s who we came to see. And we don’t want a close-up of your eye, either. Also, your picture should get bigger when we click on it. Trust me: you’re a lot better looking than you think.
A tailored background is nice, but not vital. Most people pay no attention and since Twitter changed the profile specs it’s finicky and less important. You can’t add any functionality and given the range of screen sizes out there (PC, Mac, netbook, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia 3310) they tend to look like crap (or at least wrong) the majority of the time. Be unique if you can, but don’t sweat the details. A nice tile is good enough for 99.99% of users.
Fill out your bio. It’s OK to be witty, but not at the expense of clarity. Leave the abstract, wacky bios for celebrities, attention-seekers and good, old fashioned weirdos. And if you want people to get in touch, include your email address.
If you don’t have a website that you are proud to be associated with, don’t link to it. Avoid shortened links as they make people suspicious. And don’t link back to your Twitter profile – that’s several shades of pointless.
The rest of your profile settings are personal preference, but I strongly recommend you don’t protect your tweets unless you really, really have somebody out there you don’t want seeing your stuff. And if you do, maybe a public network isn’t the best place to hang out.
YOU

Be polite.
Be useful.
Be interesting.
Be unique.
Be yourself.
YOUR TWEETS

You only have 140 characters, so make them count.
Manual good, automatic bad. It’s OK to schedule tweets, but don’t automate anything.
Despite what you think or other lousy spellers people will tell you, you will be judged by your ability to write, which includes (but is not limited to) spelling, grammar and punctuation. Take a moment to write the perfect tweet. It’s always worth the effort.
There’s an important difference between crediting others for their work (courtesy) and thanking for retweets (noise/egotism).
Likewise, don’t be a metweeter.

FINDING FOLLOWERS

Engage, engage, engage. Repeat.
Want to know how not to get somebody to follow you? Ask them.
If you tweet it, they will come. Behave in the manner with which you wish to be noticed, and write about the subjects you wish to discuss. (Or do the opposite and crash and burn.)
All the following systems, Twitter trains and that kind of thing are complete garbage. Don’t waste your time or (in some cases) money. However, mass following people does work. Assuming, that is, you’re happy with a large but empty network of eternal strangers, none of whom are paying the slightest bit of attention to you. Ever. Hey – at least you’re all like-minded.
Strive for 100 true fans, and be remarkable. The rest will take care of itself.

TWITTER ETIQUETTE

Avoid text speak – if you can’t squeeze a proper sentence into 140 characters (or, ideally, less), try, try again.
Find the balance between being overly negative and happy clappy trappy. Neither camp is enormously popular except with others like them. Don’t be somebody you’re not, but if the real you is a jerk, a sap or a fraud, you should probably work on it.
It goes without saying, but trolls, bullies, spammers and stalkers are not welcome. (Try MySpace.)
Act as if.
Don’t send people automated ‘welcome!’ direct messages when they start following you. We hate that stuff. Again, never automate anything.

YOUR TWEETS (PART 2)

Become an authority in your niche. Everybody is an expert on something. (And if you’re not, read more.)
People look for and value consistency. It’s OK to go crazy once in a while, but find out where your middle is. Middle doesn’t mean boring. It means balance.
The same applies to how often you tweet. After a period of time (usually a few months) you’ll find a natural place where both you and your audience are comfortable with your daily number of tweets.
You always have a choice in how you behave and react to others.
Don’t shoot the messenger.

LINKS

Always, always, always use bit.ly to shorten your links. It comes with built-in stats (tip: add a + to the end of any bit.ly link to see anyone’s stats for that URL) which are great, but that’s not as important as the fact that bit.ly is trusted by the Twitter community.
It’s OK to share your own stuff. In fact, I recommend you do it twice per day so you cover the major timezones. For example, I share my content mid-morning in the UK and also mid-morning (late afternoon UK) in the USA (ET).
If you want to get retweeted, leave enough space.
If you’re retweeting somebody else, always credit them. And by them I mean the original tweeter – don’t go mad trying to squeeze everybody and their uncle in.
Even for the Twitter elite, the level of engagement measured by click-throughs and retweets is incredibly low. So relax, and remember it’s all about your long game.

FIVE (FREE) BONUSES

There is no perfect Twitter client – whatever works for you works. (That said, I recommend HootSuite for your desktop and iPad and the official Twitter clients for everything else. I’m not an affiliate – these are, in my opinion, the best products.)
Regularly monitor and clear out any dubious applications authorised in your Twitter profile. Don’t be that guy.
Become a Twitter search kung fu master.
Don’t be afraid to block people, doing so for the right reasons. But be aware that Twitter’s block is junk. Don’t rely on it to protect you.
Make Twitter a part of your life, but don’t make your life a part of Twitter. You often do your best thinking offline.
Twitter is a work in progress, and that includes the platform itself and the way that we all use it. Everything is constantly changing. As I said above, there are no rules, and there is no spoon. Knock yourself out. But if using Twitter actively for more than three years has taught me anything, it’s that some things do matter. Some things do count. And some of this stuff is proven. Soak it up, suck it in and push on forward

One last thing don’t forget to follow me on twitter @RonnyRod1

Top Ten Tips To Use Twitter To Its Full Potential

Below is a listing of our top 10 favorite Twitter tips and tricks. These tips will help make your Twitter experience more enjoyable and can help increase your followers.

Customize

Change your profile picture. Use a picture of yourself to make it seem more personalized if this is your personal Twitter account.
Utilize as much of the 160-character limit Twitter BIO space allows. Include keywords your followers or potential followers may be searching for.
Create your own background image. However, do not make the image too much like an ad or sales pitch. The background image must be less than 800k and we recommend a size of 1600×1200 for a large image or smaller if you plan on tiling the image or just having it on the left-hand side. Finally, keep in mind that smaller resolutions and monitor sizes will hide much of the background.

Third-party tools

Take advantage of the hundreds of different third-party online tools and services that enhance your Twitter experience. Below are a few of our favorites.

TwitPic – Take advantage of TwitPic to post pictures on your tweets. If you want to post pictures while away from the computer, use the Twitterific app.
Qwitter – Great service that sends an e-mail any time someone unsubscribes from your Twitter profile and mentions a possible Twitter post you made that may have caused them to leave.
Manageflitter – Fantastic site for managing your followers and getting an easy to read overview of people not following you back, quiet users, and inactive users.
WeFollow – Great website that allows you to add yourself to a listing of Twitter users by tags you find interesting.
SocialOomph – Another great service with a collection of free Twitter tools including the ability to schedule when a tweets gets posted.
Tweetbeat – An excellent site that takes the trending topics on Twitter and gives you a clearer explanation of present and past trending topics.
TwitterMeme – Another great location to find the hottest links on Twitter.
Twitter Grader – Great service that grades any Twitter account and gives you additional details and ranking information.
Twitter Fan Wiki Apps – Finally, this wiki has a listing of several hundred different Twitter applications and tools for users wanting more.

Use Twitter search

Take full advantage of the Twitter search tool. Below are just a few tips that can help improve your search capabilities on Twitter.

Search for your website or blog URL and see if others are mentioning your page.
Search for anything near you by adding near:”city state”. For example, typing near:”Salt lake city Utah” club would return current tweets that have happened in Salt Lake City, Utah with the keyword club in them.
Find people who you may enjoy following by searching for keywords that interested you.
If you do not want tweets with links add ? -filter:links at the end of your search query.
Need more options, use the Advanced Twitter search.
Any time you get excellent results click the “Save this search” button to save that search. These searches can then be found under “Saved Searches” on the right-hand part of your profile on the old Twitter interface or under the “Searches” tab next to your timeline on the new Twitter interface.

Followers

Engage followers.
Do not follow too many people. No one is going to follow someone who is following thousands of people but only has 10 followers.
Retweet interesting posts.
Retweet and participate in conversations with people with a lot of followers.
Realize it is impossible for anyone to read every tweet.
When first joining do not follow hundreds of people, doing this may mark you as a bot.
Create useful and interesting tweets

Try making all your tweets informative, useful, or funny.
Do not post mundane posts, e.g. eating a bowl of cereal.
Add hastags to your tweets. For example, if your tweet is about computers, consider adding #computer in the tweet.
Tweet frequently. No one is going to follow someone they do not know who has not tweeted in months. Try at the very least to tweet a few times a week or daily if you can manage.
Do not whine or complain. Everyone will unfollow anyone who constantly whines or complains.
Try making your valuable tweets during the times people will most likely see them.
Keep some space available in your tweet in case someone retweets your post.
Use special characters in your tweets.

Know the lingo

Know the Twitter lingo, these are just a few examples: @reply, Direct Message (DM), Follower, Hashtag, Retweet (RT), Trending Topics, and Tweet. See the Twitter description for a full listing of Twitter terms and Lingo and related terms.

Follow the masters

Following a few of the masters of Twitter and Social Networking will give you an understanding of how to tweet better, posts to RT, and inspiration for tweets of your own. Below are the top ten Twitters we recommend following.

@GuyKawasaki
@Scobleizer
@jeffbullas
@briansolis
@tonyrobbins
@kevinrose
@timoreilly
@donttrythis
@zappos
@brainpicker

Twitaholic – A full listing of the top users on Twitter based on Followers. This is a terrific service to find and follow the top users and possibly incorporate some of the ideas they are doing on their account.
Tip: Many of the first few hundred people are celebrities on Twitaholic, if they do not interest you skip the first page.

Create and use lists

Twitter lists are an excellent method of filtering filter through the people you follow. To create a list, click the Lists link and then Create a list. After creating a list visit the persons profile page you wish to add and click the list icon, as shown in the picture to the right. Our Computers and Tech list is an example of a public list we created.

Go Mobile

Apple iPhones, Blackberry phones, Android phones, Windows phone 7 phones, and most of the other smart phones have Twitter applications. Take full advantage of these applications. For users who do not have smart phones Twitter also has extensive support for SMS, which can send tweets over a text message.

Advertise

Mention your Twitter page as many places as you can, e.g. your business card, e-mail signatures, web page, blog, Facebook, etc.
Create a tweet button or at least your Twitter name on your pages, similar to the below examples.
 

Follow me on twitter @RonnyRod1

And/Or just simply

Create a Twitter profile widget on your blog or website. 🙂