Monday, March 24, 2014

Making Every Tweet Count

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By Laurie Epps

Twitter has become more and more popular. This is both good and bad. Here to guide us through the gauntlet is my mentor in her book, 
Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers

The popularity of Twitter is:

  • good, because it's easier than ever to connect with other people.
  • bad, because it keeps getting increasingly harder to stand out.
To overcome the bad, you'll need to make every Tweet count.
  • Let someone else benefit from something you're learning about, or share a quick statement you found helpful. Don't be afraid to share your process.
  • Share someone else's success. Especially, a colleague and this also gives your tweets relevance.
  • Pass along opportunities. For example, once a month my friend Vonda Skelton has a job blog, so I'll share it! For this month's listing, click: 
  • It doesn't really matter if you tweet or re-tweet, just join the conversation.

Some things to keep in mind when composing a tweet or Facebook post.
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  • Use open ended questions whenever you can.
  • Bring up an intriguing point.
  • Write about something we all struggle with, and demonstrate that you've got an answer for it.
Common mistakes to avoid:
  • Don't give away the ending.
  • Don't sum up your post.
  • Don't give them a reason not to visit your blog or website.
  • Essentially, don't write a tweet that's your blog's own spoiler.
The most important Twitter tip: Remember that Twitter is a tool to engage your followers into a conversation, and NOT a self promotion page!

Connect Activity:

Create lists of 140 character bursts for Twitter, such as:
  • Thought provoking questions to engage followers in a conversation.
  • A reference list of industry professionals you can suggest others to follow.
  • Create a list of thought provoking quotes that lead back to you.
Can't get enough social media? Check out Edie Melson's Social Media Mondays column at:

Come back next week and we'll discuss Twitter etiquette.

Laurie Epps is a senior at Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty and world traveler, Laurie hopes to grow into a career in travel writing illuminating the many stories that make us human despite our differences. Currently, Laurie also has a Thoughtful Thursday column dedicated to the fine art of poetry.

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