10 Ways to Make Your Tweets Stand out in the Crowd :Blog Tour 2010


This post is a stop along Tanya Peterson’s Blog Tour 2010. Tanya is the blogger behind Blogelina, where she writes about blogging your way to success. Be sure to check out all the other stops along the tour and enter to win $100 to use in improving your own blog!
10 Ways to Make Your Tweets Stand out in the Crowd
With the thousands of tweets happening each day on Twitter, it can be very difficult to get your own tweets noticed. Succeeding on Twitter is really about building relationships with other “Tweeps”. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
Don’t spam. Don’t always be tweeting to advertise yourself, what you’re doing, or what you’re selling. Instead – give, give, give. Think of your readers when you tweet – what do they want or need?
Add value. Tweet about relevant things – things that you yourself would want to read. Link to blog posts and articles that you have found helpful. More than likely, your followers will find them helpful, too.
Know your purpose. Why are you tweeting? Is it to just have fun? Is it to network with other people? Is it to promote your blog, website, or business? Decide your reason for tweeting and then start tweeting like you mean it!
Ask questions. Everyone likes to share their opinion. Ask for input on a decision you need to make. Ask what people need. Ask how you can help.
Pay it forward. Retweet as much as you can. If someone tweets something that touches you or helps you, click the retweet button. Share with your followers how great the people are that you are following.
Build a relationship, a connection. Connections and relationships is what Twitter is about. Take the time to let someone know you appreciate what they’re doing. Ask others how you can help them. It only takes a minute or two to type out 140 characters!
Network with people like you. Find others on Twitter who are interested in the same things that you are. Already, you’ll have something in common on which to base a future networking relationship.
Tweet regularly. I don’t know about you but I notice the tweets of people I see tweeting consistently. If you are regularly adding tweets that are helpful and valuable, people will start associating your ID with great content.
Pick the right Twitter ID. If you’re trying to get noticed on Twitter for a particular reason, work that reason into your Twitter ID somehow. I started out as @Blogelina but have since changed to @MomsWithBlogs. I did this because, at least for the time being, the name Blogelina isn’t very recognizable (hopefully that will change soon!). @MomsWithBlogs gives others a bit of an idea about what I’m writing about.
Make your tweets retweetable. Don’t use up all 140 of your characters. Remember that when people retweet you, RT@YourTwitterId will be added to the front of your tweet. Plan accordingly. Include a link in your tweet – somewhere for people to go for more information. Add your own perspective. Again, it’s all about adding value to everything you do.
What tweets do you tend to notice? Why do you think you notice them? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

Twaddicted

It’s 6:20 pm.
I can’t get off the couch because I’m pinned down by babies.
Hubby is cleaning the garage.
My kids WON’T STOP TALKING TO ME.
I can’t fix my plate for dinner because the baby is on TOP OF ME.
All I can do is type. One handed.
But twitter is down.
The big whale fail.
WTH?
How am I supposed to shoot 140 character tidbits of crap that my tweeps pretend to care about if twitter is down?
I blame BlogHer 2010.
(ok, not really, I just said that cuz I’m jealous, I’d rather be there right now)