If you’re new to Twitter, like I was on February 5th, 2009, once you’ve setup an account you might be asking yourself, “Now what?”
Great question. My teammates at Fresh helped me get started on solid footing and coached me along the way for several weeks. This post will help you get started so you can get the most out of your initial foray into Twitter.
Remember, Twitter is part of the Social Computing / Social Media world, so a lot of these first steps will be about giving everyone a better idea of who you are and what you’re about. (We won’t ask you for your account credentials, your firstborn, nor will we purposely connect you to any of the royal family of Nigeria.)
10 Twitter Initial Steps:
- Make sure you have a profile pic of something other than the standard Twitter bird. Weather it’s a company logo, a personal pic (which I use and recommend for most users) or some interesting object at least it’s not the standard bird. A unique profile pic lends credibility to your account.
- Web page Fill this in so people can find out more about you whether this leads to a personal blog, company site, your Facebook or LinkedIn page or whatever. Give us something where we can find out more about you and why we would want to connect with you.
- Your Bio should be filled in. It can be funny, informative, sarcastic, or whatever, but make sure it’s filled in with more info about you.
- Twitter will recommend you follow some people. This is a good idea for many reasons. It shows you’re interested in others, which means others may find interest in you. It shows you’re here to possibly listen as well as tweet – again, key to being in social media.
- Design – I suggest you at least pick one of the other Twitter designs that are available other then the standard blue clouds. Again, this means you cared enough to pick something other than the standard. Getting a custom background is a GREAT next step and you can design your own or other firms (including mine) can help.
- Followers / Following Ratio – It’s really important to keep these numbers as balanced as possible. Initially you’ll follow more people than are following you, but as the numbers grow keeping them close to a 1:1 ratio will give you more credibility and will yield more followers for you.
- Go to Wefollow.com and setup some terms there for your areas of interest. This will help you find interesting tweeps to connect with based on keywords.
- Have fun and find your voice. Enjoy the ride and relax. Eventually you will find what works for you, your firm, your community, whatever it is your trying to accomplish by being on Twitter with time. It took me a few weeks, maybe 6-8, and still I find I change things up once in a while to keep it fun.
- Tweet Regularly – even more specifically, tweet daily! Early on I asked if there was an ideal number of tweets per day that yielded the best follower growth. The answer from HubSpot was 22. See http://bit.ly/7vB8q0
- TWEET SOMETHING – Your experience with Twitter will be much more complete as you engage with others. If you’re at a dance it’s hard to have a good time standing at the wall. Same with Twitter, so tweet away. I would post at least 5-10 tweets on your first day.Here are some sample tweets you may use if you like. Just copy and paste these in, kind of like a Twitter Template!
- Hey all – welcome to my first tweet! I look forward to learning more about you.
- I own a [type of pet] and my pet’s name is [pet name goes in here]
- Hello Tweeps – I’m new here. Can you recommend others I should follow
- I live in the [city name here] metro area and my favorite Led Zeppelin song is [name of favorite Zep tune here]
- That @mikewhitmore is one cool tweep.
- I recommend reading and following @mikewhitmore at his blog http://bit.ly/4Oi1Gi
- My favorite YouTube videos are at http://bit.ly/7d5SIB
- My favorite place for sushi is [insert favorite sushi place here]
- One of my all-time rock idols is [insert favorite rock idol here]
- My favorite Star Trek episode is [enter favorite Star Trek episode name here]
Hopefully this will get you started – and comment here or tweet me if you have questions.
All the best!