20 Terrific Twitter Tips

1. Download a desktop and mobile app 

The Twitter website has tons to offer, but you’re not always on the website, nor are you chained to your desk. Third-party apps such as TweetDeck, HootSuite, and others offer added functionality such as the ability to schedule your tweets and manage multiple accounts.

2. Retweet others

One way to spread goodwill among your followers is to retweet other users’ posts. To do this, click on the tweet in question. Doing this will pop up a window on the right showing that feed. Then click Retweet below the update.

3. Leave 20 characters at the end of your posts

You’ll have a better chance of being retweeted by others if you make it easy for them to do so. While you have 140 characters to play with in Twitter, try to restrict yourself to 120.

4. Follow people who follow you

Twitter is a great way to build relationships with your followers. The best way to do that is to follow them back and engage them in direct messaging conversations.

5. Share pictures and video with your followers

Because Twitter is a text-based network, you’ll want to use services such as TwitPic, TwitVid, Plixi, and yFrog to share photos and movies with others.

6 Use hashtags (pic)

When you post a comment that relates to an ongoing event or a popular topic, add a # in front of that topic. That will help your status update appear in searches. You can search for the popularity of a particular hashtag by going to hashtags.org.

7. Delete unwanted tweets

Whoops. You posted something you shouldn’t have. Not to worry. You can remove it fast. Simply hover over your update on your homepage. You’ll see a star and a trash can image. The star makes it one of your favorites. The trash can deletes it.

8. Use Twitter to get better customer service

One way to get the attention of a big-name store, wireless carrier, or notebook brand is by complaining or posing a question on Twitter. Nearly all big companies monitor mentions of their products through Twitter and may help you get your problem resolved faster than going through traditional channels.

9. Shorten URLs

Because every character counts, you’ll want to truncate the links you share with the world. Third-party services such as Bit.ly and Ow.ly will do this for you, and they also offer analytics for tracking who retweets your link and how many people click on it. Popular desktop apps such as TweetDeck automatically shorten links for you.

10. Don’t always broadcast your location

When you’re someplace particularly interesting, it can be fun to share your location, but doing it all the time can be a bit much. To tweet your location selectively, click on Settings from the drop-down menu beneath your profile photo in the top right. Check Tweet Location > Save. Now, when you open a new status update window, you can click the crosshairs icon to add your location.

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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