7 Power Twitter Tips and Why I Like Them
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7 Power Twitter Tips and Why I Like Them

Written by 21 June 2010

Social media guru and all-round smart guy, Chris Brogan, recently published a list of 50 Power Twitter Tips.

While I think his list is full of many useful suggestions, his focus is primarily on the business uses of Twitter.

Here are seven of my favorites that I think apply most to those of us in education:

7 Power Twitter Tips and Why I Like Them

  1. Promote other people 12x to every 1 self-promotional tweet.  If you spend much time on Twitter, you soon recognize those who’re all about me-me-me.   Of course, we all want recognition for our ideas, thoughts, causes, and products, but Twitter is truly a collaborative community.  The more you give, the more you get.  Really.
  2. Retweet the good stuff from others.  Sharing is caring.  Somewhat related to the above, you’ll find that retweeting helps you build relationships with those you retweet.  One plea though… if you’re retweeting someone who includes a link, make sure the dang thing works.  Drives me nutso when I get tweets with links that don’t work or aren’t as advertised.  Check your links before you retweet.
  3. Set an egg timer.  Twitter is addictive.  If you’ve read this far, you’ll likely agree.  I check Twitter twice a day, for 10 minutes each time.  Mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  (Okay, sometimes I’ll check just before closing up for the day, or when just getting in, or just before going to lunch, or just after getting out of a meeting, or whenever I have a break before a meeting, or…)
  4. Leave 20 characters or more space in each tweet to improve retweeting.  Second only to the tweets that include incorrect links, this tip is a drive-me-nutso sort of thing too.  I want to retweet you.  Really, I do.  But, dag nabbit, do I really have to edit your tweet for you so I can retweet it?  After awhile I’ll just give up on you.  There’s one edu-tweeter who’s got a gazillion followers and genuinely tweets good stuff… but the fellow cannot, for the life of him it seems, tweet anything in less that 140 characters… takes those tweets right out to the limit just about every time.  He has good ideas and comments, and I’d love to retweet him, but I’ve had to give up.  Just got tired of being his Twitter Editor.
  5. Use Seesmic or Tweetdeck or Hootsuite so you can see more.  I personally use Tweetdeck and don’t see how I could get along without it.  I don’t have too much experience with Seesmic or Hootsuite but they’re reportedly quite good too.  I strongly encourage you to use one of these Twitter organization tools; they’ll make you dramatically more productive.
  6. Tweeting the content of events is nice, but so is occasionally making a real live connection with the speaker.  Maybe it’s just me… but I don’t really ‘get’ this one.  There’s a time and place for everything.  If I’m at an event, I try to focus all my attention on, well, the event.  Sitting in the back of the room and tweeting, aside from being potentially disruptive to others around you, just seems like an ineffective way to listen to a presenter.  If the event is no good, go off and do something else.  Focus on the event when you’re at the event.
  7. Tweetups are awesome, especially if you make them about more than just drinking and saying “hi.”  If you get a chance to join a tweetup — meetups with your Twitter pals — take it.  There’s nothing like a face-to-face human connection… from time to time, anyway.

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8 Comments »

  • Rusha Sams said:

    Great tips and suggestions! I’ve got to get that egg timer, for sure! I look at the clock, and an hour’s gone by. Thanks, too, about the reminders to leave shorter tweets so they can be retweeted.
    Your ideas are definitely appreciated! Thanks!Rusha Sams

  • Robin Scott said:

    Great list. The egg timer would definately be a time saver but also take a lot of self control!!

  • Rebecca McCormick / @hotspringer said:

    Great list! Thanks for sharing.

    Re: No. 6. Tweeting during an event/trip has largely taken the place of taking notes for me. As a travel writer, the combo of FB and Twitter posts plus photos is a great memory boost when it’s time to write. And for all those who may never read my story in hard copy, they still get a live, unedited taste of the trip.

  • Cynthia Fox-Giddens said:

    I’m pretty new to Twitter and these tips are very helpful. I espcially like the one about leaving 20 characters or more space for better retweeting. I sometimes edit, but mostly give up. Great post!
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  • Sherry Lowry said:

    Thanks for customizing this for educators!

    Will definitely be passing on the fact you did this! My academia friends will really appreciate this as they generally have a lot of cross-translation to do first for applicability transfer.

  • Mikey Garcia said:

    On #4, perhaps the author is still using the old way of retweeting?
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  • Ed Han said:

    I’m not in education but all 7 are excellent, esp the suggestion re: leaving 20 characters aside for RTs. We should all be doing that!

  • David Britten said:

    I agree with all except #6. That tip sounds akin to something like, “Never take notes when listening to a speaker.” Tweeting the key points made by the speaker is simply another way of using different learning styles to comprehend them while sharing with others not present.