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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Time on Twitter More Interactive

Author: Christine Gallagher

When it comes to Twitter, I always stress to clients that results don't happen overnight. This is not to discourage them from using it to enhance their marketing-but to help them understand the power of regular, personal interactions and the cumulative effect this can have on their business.

Each time you engage others on Twitter, you are planting seeds that can have potentially big payoffs in the future. Once I explain this concept, the next concern is usually that this will be a huge time investment. It's not-if you leverage your time by applying a few of the select strategies I discuss here.

1. Re-tweet: Re-posting others' interesting tweets is one of the simplest and most effective ways to be discovered and gain more followers. For the people that already are following you, it's a quick way to get on their radars.

2. Thought-provoking quote: People just love great quotes. You have a good chance of being re-tweeted with these. The ones you choose also help you share a slice of your personality.

3. Feedback on someone's link: Take a minute to visit a link someone has posted. They will often preface the link with what it's about. If it interests you, check it out and share your thoughts with the poster afterwards.

4. Answer a question: Know the answer? By all means, share your expertise. If the question pertains to your niche, that's even better.

5. Ask a question: By the same token, people like to share their own knowledge. Give them an opportunity.

6. Thank someone for their re-tweet or compliment: Gratitude is powerful and people appreciate and tend to remember when you've expressed it.

7. Respond to @ replies and direct messages: Try to respond to both the public and private messages you receive. It's just common courtesy. Plus, there are many people who unfortunately do not do it-so exceed others' expectations by making a habit of doing so.

8. Participate in #followfriday: FollowFriday is simply a fun event every Friday on Twitter where people recommend others to follow. They add the hash tag after they've given the Twitter usernames. If you have people in mind you think would be good to follow, tell others-there's a good chance those you've recommended will return the favor.

9. Use If you're a music lover (who isn't?), try using All you have to do is set up a free account on their site and you can start playing DJ. Choose the option to send the songs you've "blipped" to Twitter. Music really does bring people together. Of course, you don't want to fill up your entire Twitter stream with blips, but once in awhile share your musical tastes with others.

10. Post a poll: Do you need feedback on something? Yep, there's a hashtag for that: #poll. People love participating in these.

By choosing to put a few of these strategies in place each day, you'll build momentum, raise your profile and start to notice others engaging and re-tweeting you more. As in real life, it's about personality. Let that come through and it will pique others' curiosity, drive them to seek out more information about you, and eventually cause them to click through to your site.

Commit to implementing these techniques regularly-it essentially comes down to two things, interacting and providing value-and you will begin being perceived as an expert, see yourself getting recommended by others, and be well on your way to building your own "tribe" of raving fans.

Now, you can't say you don't know what to tweet about!

About the Author:

Christine Gallagher, MLS, MSIS, founder of, teaches small business owners and professionals how to conquer the overwhelming aspects of online and social media marketing to increase business and maximize profits. For FREE tips on how to build profitable relationships, leverage technology and create your own successful online business, visit

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Comment by Therese on February 15, 2010 at 4:18pm
Thank's for the great information. This social media boom especialy twitter did not make much sense to me but through people like you it start to sink in. It is powerful tool for persistent and informed business owners. It is so exciting.
Comment by Stan Broadhurst on February 4, 2010 at 1:01pm
many thanks this is great
Comment by Linda King on February 2, 2010 at 3:53pm
Great information for some of us who haven't made the leap yet!

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