So how do you start a conversation? By asking a question! Make the questions short and clear. Quickie surveys can be done by asking questions that can be answered Yes or No. Opinions can be sought by asking open-ended questions. If you wish to gather responses to several questions, you may want to do an on-line survey instead and provide a link to the survey for Twitter users to go to.
If you really want to be part of a conversation on Twitter and get people interested in what you have to say, learn to use hashtags (#) in your tweets to be part of a group discussion. Also be sure to retweet (RT) good content from others, and use @ replies to thank people who mention or retweet you or if you want to comment on their individual tweets.
How else can you get a conversation going? Are you on other social networks too? If you are and if you desire to include those friends in the conversation, you may also link to your Twitter account from your Facebook, LinkedIn, or MySpace account so your Tweets appear as part of your status updates there. You can also create a widget that allows you to have your tweet timeline (newest to oldest tweets you post) appear on your website or blog. Although web widgets are really just a one-way option so not really conversation so much as providing information.
With most groups, there are etiquette rules to follow. Twitter users have adopted some guidelines, but I find not everyone on Twitter is consistent with their use. However, regarding conversations via Tweets, I’ve written an on-line article on the topic that says just about everything I’ve discovered called 6 Basics of Tweet Etiquette on Twitter. There are also inconsistencies in what people believe to be proper etiquette about following others. I wrote about following in my previous post. Below are a few links you may want to check out regarding etiquette and conversation opinions of other Twitter users.
- A Brief and Informal Twitter Etiquette Guide
- Twitter Etiquette - Do's and Don’ts
- Tweet Etiquette Guidelines from Twitter Power
- Twitter Etiquette for Internet Marketing
- Etiquette for Product Marketing by Global Geek News
- 10 Twitter Tips - How to Get Asked to the Dance
- Mashable’s 4 Tips for Tapping into Twitter Conversations
- Miss the “Old” Twitter Conversations
If you are considering using Twitter for your business, you should take the steps suggested for getting started in my first Twitter post to be immediately successful. If you are already on Twitter, hopefully these posts have provided some information you did not know and that you will find helpful in your continued journey as well. Look for my next post for some tools you may find helpful in your own Twitter journey. Hoping Tweeting works well for you – by the way follow me on Twitter and I will follow you back.
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