7 Numbers That Matter on Twitter

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Chris Brogan wrote an amazing blog post about the number that matter. The examples that he gave was number of hugs you distributed today, number of meals you ate with people you love, number of times you promoted someone else and many others. It got me thinking about the numbers that matter on twitter. Is followers count important? Yes to a certain extend. I wrote more about this on a blog post called the never ending debate about quantity and quality followers. So besides the followers count what other numbers that matter?

1. How Engaging You Are

I think engagement is one of the most important key in social media or twitter, especially when no one knows who you are on twitter. If you’re starting out nobody will realized you’re on social media at all. With so many people posting tweets at once. How will people notice you? Talk to them! Get their attention. If they are following you on twitter, don’t hesitate to DM them too. A lot of people might not seem as though they reply much on twitter, but in DM’s they reply. I read a blog post that there are people disagreeing with this before and the reason behind that is because they had a blog even before twitter existed so they actually had blog readers before they had a twitter account so what if you’re new to everything? I recommend people to talk at least 5 people a day to build relationships with them. After all you want people to know you. The best way is starting a conversation with them.

2. Number of Quality Tweets

Quality tweets are important because people that are following you are reading them. You don’t want them to read about you all day long, instead give them something to read about. I usually post and retweet articles which I find educational and people might benefit them. Most of them are from my followers too. This also applies to the number of quality tweets you send out in a day too. I am still experimenting with mine as I tried posting 1 tweet an hour and 2 tweets an hour to see the number of responds and retweets. So far I notice 2 works really well although if I want more clicks I shouldn’t put too many out there.

3.  Number of Help

Are you helping your fellow friends on twitter? Usually I’ll try my best to help if people ask me. If I can’t I usually will redirect them to someone I know on twitter that know the answer or can help them. I do get people asking me to give a shout out so that they can get more followers on twitter but usually it doesn’t work that way. One of the funniest responds was from @kim who I think responded to someone and told him/her to change their name to @justinbieber if they want to get more followers on twitter. I usually help out other request like tweeting and retweeting great blog post.

4. Number of Retweets

I did mention a little about this on top but the number of retweets is important. This is because you want people to see you often on their time line as often as possible. So get their attention by retweeting them. If they don’t notice you drop them a tweet. An “argument” about the tweet works too.

5. Number of Virtual Hugs

Who doesn’t like a free hug? I know I sure love them. I give and receive from @suuperG all the time. She’s an awesome friend of mine whom I met on twitter and never fails to give a free hug to anyone. Who says it only works offline eh @chrisbrogan? (he didn’t say that) :)

6. Number of Thank You

When was the last time you thank someone on twitter? Sending out a thanks for a retweet or #followfriday helps. I wish I can send out more thanks but having too many tweets will flood my time line but I do send out personal thank you every once in a while (need to increase this)

7. Number of Relationships Built

All the numbers above are important, but the second most important one is the number of relationships you built with your followers who are now your friends. It is important to build a close relationship with them. Meet them offline if you can or if they are nearby. You can always tweet up. I know many of my fellow friend’s tweetup with others.
So there they are 7 numbers that matters on twitter. What about you. Do you have anything to add?

photo credits: by lrargerich

numbers that matter on twitter, chris brogan, suuperG, by lrargerich
  • glitterglitzer

    Hi Aaron. I really love your post. You point out some important things. If everyone would read your blog they would enjoy twitter much more! 😀

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    How can I not give a hug back to that right? ~hugs~
    Thanks for dropping by xoxo

  • http://www.jesusbranch.com/ jesusbranch

    “Ask Aaron Lee”, as a blog & domain name says a lot about the third number that matters on Twitter – “Number of Help”. What a great spirit it is to help and lend a hand – whether on Twitter, or on the street.

    I've asked a couple of questions of you Aaron, along the way, and appreciate the quick help that you give: Which brings me to numbers that matter to me with Twitter – The numbers on my clock! I love the real-time information network aspect of Twitter > to get valuable help when you need it without wasting precious time. Thanks & blessings + koko (keep on keeping on) >:~>

  • Looking4Purpose

    a virtual hug? i never heard of that….probably cause I never got one..thanks for the info

  • http://krdmarketing.wordpress.com Kristen Robinson

    Loved the post! I loved how you pointed out to talk to 5 people a day to be engaging. Thanks!

  • @patgermelman

    I love giving virtual *HUGS* and (air kisses) *MUAH* or good 'ol XXXX's and OOOO's and an occasional “hey baby, or “honey bunny”, or, “sweetheart”, or “cutie-patootie”~ not always PC and never meant to be flirty (well, maybe a little) but mostly meant to make the recipient know I like his/her style. I loved Chris' post and left a comment there, too. Love your post and all I have to write now is: “*MUAH* *HUG* XXXXOOOOOXXXXXOOOOO you cutie-patootie, you!!” YOU are a number that matters. One person I'd love to call 'friend.'

  • http://twitter.com/mc2square Mike Ward

    Thanks, Aaron. I have been good about retweeting and have started to make some real connections, but I can do better on quality tweets and offering help. Not so sure about virtual hugs per se, but I in my own style I think I will call it “offer encouragement to others”.

  • http://twitter.com/ModelSupplies Anita Nelson

    What a FANTASTIC grouping~!!! Aaron, your blog continues to thrill and I love your rule of 5 – it's very helpful on those busy days~!

    I love when people send me posts I might be interested in – @tkpleslie does this often =) And I try to extend the favor to others. I also need to say “Thank you” more often, but very conscious that I do not want people to come to my page and see only, “Thank you” and “Great, how are you?!” lol It is a difficult balance to strike =)
    Anita @ModelSupplies

  • http://www.newmediabrief.tv/ Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

    Thank-you very much for a great post.

    The seven steps almost seem like common sense. I just think that we often forget — to say thanks and start a conversation. Some of us are just consumed with Twitter followers or marketing — we forget to just say “hi.”

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Thanks Ramon,
    I guess some of us thought that they can just jump in and promote and people will buy :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Thanks Anita, rule of 5 really helps me too :) although I always go out for more than 5 :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    LoL! I like the way you think mate :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Thanks dear, I'm sending you more xoxo and hugs from now onwards :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Thanks, are you following up with it? :)

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    What? you've never gotten one?
    Here you go

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    I like the “koko”

  • http://www.adventuroo.com Adventuroo

    Awesome tips! These are all so important to having influence on Twitter. I like the idea of specifically reaching out to 5 people each day. I sometimes neglect my home feed in favor of lists and so I need to do more of stepping into that feed and interacting with people I don't normally interact with!

  • http://twitter.com/HeroEvents2010 Wendi and Andy Held

    I have been in sales for over 15 years and “selling” myself on Twitter is intimidating! It is almost the same anxiety as being a freshmen! Thanks for the tips!

  • http://twitter.com/bos_sportswoman Boston Sports Woman

    we promote our blog family daily, and feel their success is our success!

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  • http://twitter.com/MarthaGiffen Martha Giffen

    I’m thinking you covered them all! I try my best to build relationships through Twitter and so far, it has paid off! I’ve met people I could never have otherwise, been in a couple of magazines and got a book deal. All because I use Twitter to engage. It works people :)

  • http://twitter.com/joannejk1 JoAnne Kao

    great tips and good reminders. thank you!

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  • http://blog.intelligistgroup.com Alan Berkson

    While I agree with the sentiment, it reminds me a bit of the old Geroge Carlin 10 Commandments routine. Here’s a way to combine a few of your list items. The next time you want to thank someone, instead, look for some of his/her content to tweet or retweet. That should cover 2, 4, 6 and 7. and a bit of 1.


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