After getting inspired by a blog post of a great guy I know on twitter @DannyBrown who wrote about I’s of social media in his blog post Putting the I in Social Media. I decided to write my own personal version of twitter. “Putting the R in twitter”. I’m just kidding, mine is about the R’s that personally helped me a lot in twitter and I feel it is something all of us should have. Sure we don’t have to follow all the R’s of twitter. However I think that there are a few that we should all follow. The three main R’s. Respond, Respect and Retweet.
Respond is one of the most important attitude which is a MUST have on twitter. I talked about this more in a blog post by @BarryckR at How Twitter Giants Manage Their Time Lines. I mentioned “IF you don’t have the heart or the attitude to talk or engage. Don’t be on social media“ Sure sometimes its hard to respond to every single tweet however it is better to reply to ONE tweet than ignoring all but try your best to responds to them as soon as you receive them. If its too late, try sending them a DM answering their questions or so. By using DM it makes your feeds less cluttered and avoid annoying people.
Respect every single people that follows you. Respect is as important as responding to your followers. Everyone wants to be respected, you have to earn your respect by respecting others first. Don’t try to earn them, instead give them with your heart. People will notice it. However don’t try so hard to please everyone. Its hard sometimes as people don’t always see things your way. Stick to what you say but don’t ignore others either.
My personal favorite of all R’s, retweeting. Retweeting is important. Why? Because by sending ONE retweet you help TWO type of people.
- The Original Source – Most of them appreciate when you share their blog post. They will even send you a tweet or a DM. People on twitter are friendly.
- The People Following You -They love when you share with them something useful that they can connect with. Sometimes they will RT it if it is something they think can benefit people who are following them.
Ohh… Did i mention you get Retweets in return if they find your blog post entertaining or beneficial? They will even help you retweet your other tweets too.
Want to know bout something? Research them by asking your fellow followers. People on twitter are extremely helpful. I sent out a tweet the other day asking information about linkedin groups. Within 5 minutes I’ve gotten a few replies from people recommending social media groups on linkedin. One of my followers who took the time to help me in linked in was @AskDebra which recommended me to join a group.
After a long day of work, you should relax by using twitter and connecting with your family if they are on twitter, connecting with your friends, and networking with new people. Of course don’t forget that you have people around you that loves you too. My tip to all this is, if you don’t feel like going on twitter, don’t force yourself to. If you feel exhausted, don’t worry, we all have those days. @AdamConsulting wrote a blog post on how to overcome social media burnout. Twitter is about having FUN FUN FUN by connecting and sharing.
Repeat the R’s everyday if you have time to spend on twitter. It takes 5 minutes to reply people, 5 minutes to retweet and the others R’s might take you another 10 minutes if you have a busy schedule. Get applications for mobile to take your twitter on the go. You can even reply people while waiting for the bus or get latest news to retweet while waiting or if you have time on your hands.