For the majority of the last year I have been living and breathing Twitter. I have made thousands of calls to their API service while testing and developing Mokumax.com. My rhythm in Twitter is good.
In my post, Sharing vs Shouting, I talked about the downfalls of your tone on Twitter. The question posed was, are you sharing useful information or are you shouting it’s all about “me, me, me”?
Diagnose your Twitter account now.
Is your follower count going up?
* If not then chances are you are just shouting. Start listening. What’s all the chatter about? Maybe someone could use your help… for free - don’t shout about the services you offer!
Do you retweet others?
* If not, then you should! People love when you share their posts. Don’t just share anything. Share good quality tweets that you think others would find helpful. If someone retweets your content seriously considering reciprocating.
Are your updates just a journal of your daily activities?
* If this is the norm for you, don’t expect retweets or your follower count to go up. Most people could care less if you just picked up a cappuccino from Starbucks. An occasional update like this is fine. It’s all about moderation.
Are all of your posts automated from a feed?
* This is one of my personal pet peeves. Don’t pretend to be a human only to have all of your tweets come from an automated process. Sounds like a great idea. Hands off. Totally not what Twitter was designed for.
In Mokumax you can add tweets from any RSS feed that you would like. It even formats the tweet and shortens any URLs. The difference is that you have to click to post or schedule the tweet. This is right in line with Twitter’s policy and without any expertise required on your end optimizes your Twitter account.
Are you using a service to buy Twitter followers?
* Save your money. Don’t believe the hype that you’ll get targeted followers. Any followers you buy won’t be followers for long.
Twitter is a great platform for conversation and sharing so, use it for that! Share more than you shout. Offer free help before pushing your services on others.