Let’s be honest: social media is a part of our every day’s life. It is no hard to spot people with their faces down on their screen, all busy Instagramming or Tweeting something. However, as social media is a powerful tool, it is vital to know how to use it effectively. Here are a few tips on how to become a smart Twitter user!
Learn how to write in 140 characters
It seems easy but it is actually one of the challenges of Twitter. The art of tweeting wants you to be concise so the best thing is to learn how to shorten words.
Use hashtags for your searches
Hashtags are a great way to search trending topics but also extremely useful if you are working on a personal research. Don’t think that Twitter is just for sharing your thoughts, it is also a great way to find sources.
Don’t be afraid to engage in conversation with people you don’t know. Debating with people with different views is a great way to open your mind and learn something new.
Mind your words
Twitter’s great power derives from its ability to reach millions of people from every corner of the world in a span of seconds. Unless you set your privacy and lock your tweets, remember that it is not just your followers that may read what you write. If they retweet you or if you use hashtags, many more people will read your words so be careful with what you write. Twitter is not good for outbursts.
Avoid giving out personal info
Especially if you have a professional or business account, avoid leaking your personal information. You never know they might be used against you in the future.
If you are wrong do not delete but apologise
An apology is always the best way to show you are aware of your mistakes and choose to take responsibility for them. If you tweeted something wrong, it is better to apologize rather than deleting your tweet, unless you realise you have tweeted something offensive…
If you follow and are followed back by someone, it is possible to private message them. It is a great way to build contacts and engage with people. However, sometimes it might be annoying for the other user so keep your message short and direct.