3 Ways to Get More Out of Twitter

Ever hop on Twitter and feel overwhelmed?

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I know Christmas seems like a long way off, but when I think about the hustle and bustle of the season I immediately see similarities with Twitter.  People screaming, pushing others out of the way, trying to find the next best thing, music playing in the background, and every square inch of the mall occupied by someone trying to sell their wares.

If you are anything like me, when you first started using Twitter, you didn’t really understand what was going on.  It seemed like way too much noise and a jumbled bunch of mess.  After forcing myself to stay in the sandbox with all you other twits, I learned how to maximize my experience.

3 Ways to Get More out of Twitter

1. Get in the gameFor me this was the hardest part.  Even in chaos, often times the only way to figure something out is to START.  I speak from experience when I tell you this can be extremely challenging.  It is intimidating, but I know you can do it.  Your customers are counting on you getting Twitter figured out and if you don’t… you will suffer.

2. Build ListsOne of the best features I’ve found within Twitter is the ability to build lists.  These lists will allow you to filter out a large amount of the noise and quickly get to those you want to read on a regular basis.  Those folks you view as experts in your field.  You can even create lists for certain categories.  Since doing this step, the value I am getting from Twitter has skyrocketed.

3. Talk About OthersNothing is more powerful than a third party endorsement.  This is done thousands, if not millions of times everyday.  It could be a simple retweet (RT), or maybe it is someone sharing something they found value in.  The old rule of thumb still applies, you get what you give.  Be generous.  Share why you believe someone is really adding value to others and they will likely return the favor.  Remember what Zig Ziglar said, “If you help enough people get what they want, they will help you get what you want.”  The rule absolutely applies to Twitter as well.

Please comment below – What have you done to get more out of Twitter?

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