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Twitter: 15 Ways to Stay Interesting

By: Guest | November 22, 2010 | 
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Guest post by Elena Verlee, founder of Cross Border Communications.

If you’ve been on Twitter a while, you’re probably stuck in a rut. We all know we’re supposed to engage, share links to valuable information, and re-tweet others. What else is there?

If you want to spice up your Twitter feed, here are 15 ideas to get you going.

1. Twitpic something – Photos of you and other Twitter friends, a painting you like, almost anything will do. A picture is worth a thousand words, or in Twitter’s case, 140 characters.

2. Events – #Hashtag a conference you’re heading to and you can meet someone new even before you get there. Sometimes the most powerful thing about social networking is taking it to the next step – and meeting in person.

3. Comments on a story – Leaving a thoughtful comment on a reporter’s or blogger’s story, then tweeting it out and spreading the word, may help you get that media attention you’ve been seeking. You might just be a source for their next story.

4. All your favorite blogs, all at once – Create a My Alltop page with all the blogs you follow and tweet it out. Building this page also gives you a great resource for interesting links to share.

5. Ask a question – Promote discussion and different perspectives and you’ll get to know who’s in your community better.

6. Ask for help – Whether you’re fixing a technical snafu on your blog or hiring someone for your team, try asking your community for help. You’ll be surprised at the speed and quality of response you’ll get.

7. Be helpful – Tweet a cause or charity and how people can help out. You can create a ripple effect to change the world, one tweet at a time.

8. Share your opinion – Go ahead, let it out! Especially if you can share a lesson about business, customer service, or whatever expertise you have, that your followers don’t.

9. #FollowFridays, #ThankfulThursdays – Promote another brand or person unabashedly. It’s a great way to introduce some of your favorite people and get known as a connector.

10. Share your success – Yes, there is a “ME” in Social MEdia. As long as you don’t go over the top, people are more than happy to congratulate you. Do the same for others.

11. Announcements – Speaking at a conference? Launching a new product? Writing a book? Tell others as you go along and build up anticipation at the same time.

12. Groupon, giveaways, and discounts – Share the news and the savings. Everybody loves deals.

13. Foursquare – Tweet where you are at the moment and maybe a Twitter friend you’ve been wanting to meet is at the exact same location. Meet up!

14. Be quotable – Who doesn’t love an inspiring quote? Share some life wisdom with others and remember: “Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

15. Share a video – A funny video or your favorite song can add personality to your account. Here’s one of my all-time faves: 8 Irresistible Principles of Fun.

Still stuck? Then tweet about your loves – have fun with Twitter and share your passions. We can never, ever, have enough of that.

What else do you like to tweet about?

Author of the blog PR in Your Pajamas, Elena Verlee is a passionate publicist, professional coach, and entrepreneur who has sold two businesses. She is also the founder of Cross Border Communications, which helps companies use both traditional and digital marketing strategies to achieve their business goals.

59 comments
G0utham
G0utham

You gave more ideas. That's really awesome. :)

Amynoelle
Amynoelle

You have definitly come up with some great ideas. Although, you gave these as recommendations to long time users who need to spice up their twitter page it is also very good advice for someone like me who is new to twitter. I do however need to still learn how to do a few of the suggestions that you offered such as creating an All top page,posting pictures and four square advertisements. I definitly want to get more involved with twitter and think more outside the box and hopefully become a more avid user. Who knows maybe one day I will become a twitter pro!

JonHearty
JonHearty

Great ideas! I've only done a few of these, so adding a few more to the arsenal will definitely help. I love seeing great things like these in my Twitter feed, so being more active in sharing them as well will benefit both myself and my community. Still haven't met anyone in person through Twitter yet, but I'm hoping I'm lucky enough to break in my soon-to-be-acquired roadbike with the blogging AND cycling master, @ginidietrich

3HatsComm
3HatsComm

Elena, nice guest post. I do need to think outside the box more with Twitter, share some different content like pictures. Like some others, I don't 100% agree but still give you an A ;-). There are too many Foursquare updates, too many random pics, and too many pithy quotes on Twitter.. too much of a good thing if that's all someone shares. It's the mix of it all that keeps it interesting for me. FWIW.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

Elena, thank you so much for the guest post! You were a new find for me and I'm so happy @daniel hindin invited you! Please stop by anytime for another post!

Ricardo Bueno
Ricardo Bueno

I think a good strategy is: Seek to be helpful first.

I'd argue that you remain interesting by being (genuinely) interested in others. Share content that you think is helpful and mix it up every now and then, by using media like photos via twitpic, etc. Get social when you're meeting at events and actively participate in back-and-forth dialogue with your network.

CLGraphics
CLGraphics

Dead on list - with one exception. I have to disagree with #13. While foursquare is nice for retailers, I've knocked people off of my feed for overdoing it. It's hard for me to convey how much I don't care that you're at Target, Walgreens, B&K or StarBucks or where you are every single time you make a stop throughout your daily excursions... because... I don't.

But ... the rest of your list, FANTASTIC! 14/15 = 93% - On the curve you still get an A so grab a magnet and put that on your fridge! :)

PhilGoose
PhilGoose

Great list. Short and to the point

candyspender
candyspender

this is a great list, very clear and simple...thank you!

WordsDoneWrite
WordsDoneWrite

Great list, Elana! I think I utilize most of these, but there are certainly a few I can add. Thanks for helping to make the Twittersphere a better place for all of us! :-)

Amber @WordsDoneWrite

ElenaVerlee
ElenaVerlee

@Amynoelle Glad you found it useful as a Twitter newbie! There is a link in the article to a video tutorial I did on how to use Alltop - it's like a magazine rack of blogs and really useful to find great bloggers to follow as well, to share out those links!

ElenaVerlee
ElenaVerlee

@JonHearty @ginidietrich when you two do meet up, make sure and Twitpic it LOL. I'm going to TEDxVancouver this weekend so looking forward to meeting up with some new tweeps there!

ElenaVerlee
ElenaVerlee

@3HatsComm Thank you. I'm a sucker for A's so I appreciate it! And you're right, too much of one thing can be tooooooo much. Shake and stir, shake and stir, all the time. ;-)

ElenaVerlee
ElenaVerlee

@ginidietrich @daniel hindin Thanks Gini, I've been following you for a while and been learning a ton from you so it's a real privilege to meet some of your awesome community! I'll definitely take you up on that offer! Have a great thanksgiving.

ElenaVerlee
ElenaVerlee

@Ricardo Bueno Oh absolutely Ricardo. If you're not genuinely interested, people see right through it. And some of the best relationships I have now started in Twitter that we took a step further - either meeting in person, or even if it was just a skype video!

3HatsComm
3HatsComm

@MarkMcIntyre @CLGraphics I hear ya, but don't mind a few Foursquare updates now and then, mixed with good tweets. But there is too much of the random check-ins.. moderation.

MarkMcIntyre
MarkMcIntyre

@CLGraphics Agreed on Foursquare. I don't need to know where people are having lunch or getting coffee or shopping . . . If people want to play the game, great, but don't link your twitter to it. It is TMI

ElenaVerlee
ElenaVerlee

@CLGraphics Woot! I'll take that "A"! I think at the end of the day we have to add value as well as make Twitter fun for ourselves and others - or we won't use it. No action = no results ;-)

WordsDoneWrite
WordsDoneWrite

D'oh! There's not a way to edit my comment. So sorry I spelled your name incorrectly, Elena!

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