Wednesday Wing – #TwitterTip Part 3 Retweeting and Post Sharing #wwwblogs @TerryTyler4

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Twitter Tips

Part 3: Retweeting and post sharing

Twitter is a fast moving, constantly changing site. It’s said that the average life of a tweet is around 18 minutes, after which it fades away into oblivion. However, if you are only able to tweet once a day, building up a good network of people with whom you retweet regularly will mean that your posts will get exposure not just for hours but possibly for days to come.

Here’s how to make retweeting work best for you:

  1. ‘Pin’ a tweet to the top of your page. This makes it easy for anyone who clicks onto your page to retweet (RT) you. To do this, click on the three little dots at the bottom of the tweet, and select ‘Pin to your profile page’.
  2. Change your pinned tweet frequently, at least twice a week; if people have already RTd it they might just click off your page without looking for anything else to RT. Also, it’s good to vary your posts.
  3. Retweet with discretion. Retweeting rubbish, out of date stuff or random conversation is a fast way to lose followers. Although it’s nice to return a favour, RTing any old thing just for the sake of reciprocation is pointless. When I first started on the site I thought I had to return every one and used to do three daily sessions—it was ridiculous, took two hours out of each working day. Then one day I thought, this is crazy, and stopped. The world didn’t end (and I didn’t sell any less books).
  4. It’s not all about you. Just because something doesn’t interest you, it doesn’t mean it won’t interest your followers. I RT quite a few ‘mummy blogs’, for instance; I have zero interest in parenting but that doesn’t mean that my followers wouldn’t like to read them.
  5. Overkill: don’t do 100 RTs at a time. This makes it look as if you’re doing it via an app, and it can annoy followers who don’t want to see hundreds of tweets from people they haven’t chosen to follow.  I think doing a few sessions during the day of around 5-10 is a good plan, though of course this isn’t always possible.
  6. Thanking people for RTs: Most long term Twitter users agree there’s no point, and getting loads of ‘thanks for the RT’ tweets can get on people’s nerves, especially those ones that say “Thank you for RTing the amazing new review for Fabulous Book, Part One of The Best Selling Chronicles” ~ it just looks like a final grab at a bit more promotion. A RT back is thanks enough. Remember, a RT is better than a TY!

 

A word about Retweeting Apps: Just Say No.

Some people use a retweeting app called Roundteam. How do you spot those who use it?

  • Somewhere high on their timeline they will have a tweet advertising the app.
  • They will RT you the moment you post a new tweet, or tweet a certain word.
  • Their timelines consist of hundreds of retweets and little else.
  • If you make a comment to them via tweet, they don’t reply.

The people who use these apps rarely appear on Twitter in person, so they don’t see your tweets, your comments, your blog posts, your book promotions; they just programme certain accounts, key words and hashtags into the app, to be retweeted whenever they appear.

Don’t be tempted to use these apps; this isn’t social networking, and your timeline will be nothing but a stream of retweeted promotions for people like me who never return the favour. I retweet people, not robots.

NB: There are a few exceptions, ie, people who use Roundteam and appear on Twitter as well; one very generous lady I know, for instance, has medical problems that prevent her from sitting at a computer for a long time, so such an app means she can help her friends. You usually discover who these people are because they talk to you now and again, too!

Above all, don’t get bogged down with the retweeting thing. A while back a friend said to me that she came to dread the daily RT session, as indeed did I. It’s nice to do your bit, but if it becomes a chore it’s just daft.

Post Sharing

This is when you actually share someone else’s post via a tweet of your own, rather than just retweeting it. Most people do it via the share button on a blog; I don’t, so don’t know much about it, but Rosie has given some tips about it here:

Just 2 clicks to Twitter

Social networking is about generosity; if you read a good blog post, it’s a great idea to tweet saying ‘Excellent post by @username about blah blah’, with the link. I love it when people share my posts, I feel so pleased that someone has liked one enough to do so!

A few tips on post sharing:

  • Don’t forget to tag the author in the post with their @username, so that they know you’ve shared and can RT your tweet.
  • Don’t automatically share every single post that comes into your email inbox. Check them out first to make sure it’s something you actively want to share.
  • Overkill: if virtually all your tweets are shares of others’ posts, be aware that these will get retweeted rather than tweets about your own posts/books, most of the time. If you’re happy with that, that’s okay!

 

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Twitter Tips Part 1 Getting More Followers http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-90C

Twitter Tips Part 2 Expanding your reach http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-936

 

 

 

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34 thoughts on “Wednesday Wing – #TwitterTip Part 3 Retweeting and Post Sharing #wwwblogs @TerryTyler4

    • Oh yes, hasn’t that helped??!! I remember, before this facility was introduced, trying to make people at least put a retweetable one at the top of their page…!

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  1. Another great post ladies. I agree with the ‘it’s not all about you’ point – when I first joined Twitter I shared motivational posts/quotes and anything related to YA books because that was my ‘area’, over the years this has expanded to incorporate absolutely anything that I enjoyed reading or would interest someone I know. I’ve found wonderful new ‘friends’ through sharing outside my usual genre. 🙂

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    • Absolutely, Shelley. If you only tweet about stuff related to you and your books, it looks as though your world is a very small one, indeed…!! 🙂 🙂

      I used to RT, often, one blogger who posts a lot at weekends. I wondered why she never RTd me back. She posts parenting, motivational and social media advice – yes, she considers herself qualified to give social media advice, yet she told me she only RTd stuff that interests her. As she never reciprocated, I stopped RTing her. Silly girl; I’ve got over 73K followers, many of whom are parents or new social media users. Some might have become her readers – or customers….!! 😉

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  2. Yay! I have a tweet pinned on my page now.
    I too, do not care for impersonal DM’s and automated tweets.
    Thanks Terry!
    ~Icky. 🙂

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  3. Great Twitter Tips, Terry! I agree with you on the RT and sharing thing. If it becomes a chore, stop doing it. I share a bunch of things that my followers love that I could care less about.

    YAY! Another person who doesn’t like auto tweets. I’ve never been one who subscribes to auto tweet apps like Roundteam. In fact, I’ve stopped following several people for just this reason. Twitter is an instant, interactive social club and that means people should be interactive.

    Another tip: If you don’t have time to be on Twitter all day tweeting live tweets, use a scheduler like Hootsuite. Every morning I create 10-15 “live” tweets to go out throughout the day. I respond to any replies to my scheduled tweets and interact when I can. It’s a huge time-saver and you can track ROI and click-throughs. 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
    Great Twitter advice from Terry Tyler on Rosie Amber’s fabulous blog. Read and inwardly digest, I did !

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  5. Thanks for all later comments – Mrs N, I don’t know anything about Hootsuite or Tweetdeck; effective use of Twitter is such a huge subject so I’ve tried to keep these specifically to one subject. I’m at home most of the time so don’t need to bother with scheduled tweets, but also the point I’m making here is that if you have a good RTing network you don’t actually need to use it, or be on Twitter all day (I’m certainly not!) because your tweets keep being reposted, over and over. I often only do one session in the mornings and don’t log on again for 24 hours, but my blog posts, etc, still get hundreds of views purely because of the retweeting.

    Pleased that everyone seems to be against app retweeting, and that this info has been useful! 🙂

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  6. Good stuff. I sometimes out out ‘fake’ roundteam tweets coz they really annoy me. Also some of the RT your books that pile in. It is hard to find a balance..I’ve been stunned by all the lovely people who’ve RT reviews of my new books..and am struggling to reciprocate in as full a manner.

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    • Yes, I always struggle to find something to RT for you, Wendy!

      Good on Carol for ‘outing’ Roundteam!! Pleased this has been useful; I think so many people are unaware of all Twitter can do, it’s a wonderful site if used to its full extent.

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  7. Many thanks for this really great series – I’ve learned a lot. I’m especially glad to read your take on a service like RoundTeam. It is definitely not the way I want to be on Twitter. I’m also happy to be relieved of this need to thank the retweeters – what you say makes so much sense, Terry. A retweet is thanks enough.

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    • Thanks Francis, it makes lots of sense, so many people get hooked up on the need to write a thank you tweet, when they could be using Twitter more productively.

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    • Thanks, Francis, so glad you like this – yes, years ago I used to make lists of all the people who RTd me and thank them all, it took ages, and then a Twitter ‘old hand’ said to me that it was not just unnecessary, it could actually be irritating. As he said, RTing someone isn’t like sharing their post or doing something special for them, it’s just a click on a mouse, and you forget you’ve done it 5 minutes later. Most importantly, he said, ‘if you’re really appreciative of the RT, RT them back. That’s the way to show it, not some daft tweet saying thank you that, frankly, no-one cares about’. A bit brutal, but I got his drift!

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