5 dead simple ways to spark up more conversations on Twitter

Here is a list of 5 ways to spark up more conversation on Twitter from http://www.socialglitz.com.
Check out the list below and the full article here: http://bit.ly/gRJ46h

1. Say more than “hi” to your new followers
This is a super simple technique I started to make part of my twitter routine. Whenever there is a new person following you on twitter, take a look at their profile. Check out their site for a glimpse of what they do and then welcome them with a reference to their bio.
It helped me answer the following simple questions about new followers before I directed my very first Tweet at them. What do they do? What do you think about what they do? How can you help them? How might he/she be able to help you? It adds more value than a simple “hi” and sparks up very interesting conversations.

2. Edit Retweets for more impact
Oftentimes we are tempted to do things the easy way. By only hitting the retweet button, you are missing out on the opportunity to add your personal note to the tweet. Try to edit each tweet you want to retweet by adding your thoughts.
I learnt that this has two major effects. First, your followers feel reassured that this is truly filtered news for them.
Secondly the person you are retweeting will notice that you gave some thought to his update, putting you on his/her radar and turning it into a great moment to follow up later or he might get back to you himself. It will only take you few seconds to do that, the return, however, is truly worth it.

3. Credit authors when you tweet their articles
If you are anything like me you will be reading many great posts every day. A super simple method to engage with the author of the post is to give them credit for their post if you tweet their article.
You can use this as an opportunity to make a quick comment about your thoughts. If you commented on the post itself, this can be your chance to really connect to the author, striking up a great conversation with them and increasing the amount of conversations you have on Twitter.

4. Tweet about the value of real life or Skype conversations
This is something I believe Twitter is really built for. By simply referring to a valuable conversation you just had, you add further value to your followers.
This is great, because not only will you share your findings from this conversation with your followers, but you will also build a tighter relationship with the person you just spoke to, giving them credit for how they helped or inspired you. Of course this technique depends on whether or not your conversation partner is a Twitter user too.

5. Give genuine #FF which create value
The last piece of advice I want to share is to make good use the #followfriday Twitter tradition. The biggest #followfriday faux pax you could possibly commit is to start a Tweet with #FF and then add as many Twitter users as possible to the Tweet. I strongly suggest not to do this, as the only thing you will be doing is cluttering your followers timeline.
Instead make #ff into something truly special. Give credit to one or at most 2 people, indicating clearly, why they should be followed. Not only will your followers appreciate learning about someone you care for, but the person you express your appreciation to, will become part of your ‘tighter’ network.

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