Twitter is a great place to grow your online community. I have had great success using Twitter through the years and I know you can too. Here are some of my best tips to help you grow your community through Twitter.
Look back at your tweets from the past 30 days. Did you have a conversation with others, or were you just dropping links? By engaging with others, you will develop respect for each other and build positive relationships. When conversations begin, that’s when the magic begins to happen.
Follow Others Back
When someone follows you that is actively using Twitter, why not follow them back? Something tells me that this Twitter account is not growing a community. Notice that they have 18,600 followers and they are only following back 533. Maybe this company purchased Twitter followers, which is a huge no in my book. But seriously, how can this company think that this will work? There is a link to a “real” website, which someone has spent a lot of money on, yet they have failed to build their community on Twitter.
It’s always good to see that your new followers are someone you want to be associated with. I also make it a habit to be sure they are actively tweeting on Twitter. If this person is just looking for followers, I will not follow them back. If it appears to be someone that I am interested in building a relationship with, I will follow them back. I am also a little picky in regards to how they present themselves in their profiles. If a person has not taken the time to post a picture of themselves, I am not interested in engaging with them through social media. For me, social media is about being social, not keeping things hidden.
Join Twitter Chats And Parties
When you participate in a Twitter Chat or Party you will find like minded people. For example, The #NostalgiaChat is held Sunday evenings from 9-10 (CST) and all participants discuss something from the past. Since I am a child of the 70’s, there’s often a topic here that interests me. I really enjoy discussing how technology has changed, as do other participants. I also find new “like minded” people to follow on Twitter. 99% of the time, these people follow me back and we continue to chat on Twitter.
It’s not hard to build a community on Twitter when you make the time to engage, follow others and are an active participant in events that are held on Twitter. As with anything, if you put the time and work into it, you will reap some awesome rewards.
I’d love to hear about your experience on Twitter, as this social media platform has been a game changer in my business. It’s a platform that I will continue to use on a daily basis, as it’s a fun place to meet new people.