OK~ Twitter is on my mind today. My account @saramomof2 was suspended last evening due to suspicious activity on my account. So, I wait for the good folks over at Twitter to get things straightened out so I can start tweeting again. Maybe this is a Christmas present from Twitter to me, not a bad thing, right?
When I started tweeting almost five years ago, I quite honestly had no clue as to what Twitter was or how to tweet. I quickly learned. I began to follow people that were interested in the same topics that I was. Teens, parenting, travel, technology, social media, agriculture, you get the picture, right? When you find people that have the same interests as you, your fan base will grow.
I started attending Twitter parties and Twitter chats. These are by far the easiest way to grow your Twitter followers. By attending these Twitter events, you not only educate yourself but you also grow your Twitter followers. And yes, these do take time. These Twitter events are usually an hour in length. They contain a Hashtag (#) which is used to designate a keyword in a tweet. Businesses and brands use these so people recognize their products with the tweet. Be sure to follow the folks that attend the same Twitter events you do, as you do have a common interest. Once you follow them, be sure to interact with them. After all, Twitter is a social media platform, which means you do need to be social!
Make sure you have a current photo on your Twitter profile. I do not want to follow an egghead and I know you don't either. If you have a website, be sure to include it on your Twitter profile. This is a simple way to drive traffic to your website.
Retweet and share information that you find interesting. Be sure to give credit to the person or business that sent out the original tweet. Sharing information is a smart, simple way to connect with others. Chances are, the two of you have a common interest and will follow each other on Twitter.
Most importantly, you need to be on Twitter if you want to build your fan base. You cannot build a fan base on any social media platform and not be social. Social Media is all about connecting and chatting with other people.
I am a firm believer that the connections we make in real life do matter. I have met many people in real life that I met through Twitter. The eye to eye contact is still important in our day to day activities. When you are out and about be sure to have your business cards handy. Make sure your Twitter handle is on your business card so folks can follow you at a later time. And if both of you are tech savvy, whip out your smart phones and follow each other on the spot! Bingo- a new Twitter fan has been born.
So now, I patiently wait for @saramomof2 to come to life again! I have faith that the good folks over on Twitter will get things figured out in a relatively short period of time. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter, leave me your handle here in the comment section and I will be sure to follow you when I am able to start tweeting again! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?