by: Carol Bryant, BlogPaws' PR Manager
Twitter: The most concise and abbreviated form of communication to hit the Internet and social media-sphere in probably, well, ever. In 140 characters, companies have escalated their sales, celebrities have destroyed their reputations, and millions of bloggers have gained a following.
Granted, when Twitter first came along I found it to be an utter waste of my time and wondered why people care about who ate what and when someone brushed their teeth. Then I became a blogger and realized that Twitter is oh so much more than a playground for mindless musings. It is a business tool and when used properly, one that can escalate your status, numbers, and followers. Here’s a few insider tips and info to apply to your daily Tweeting for novices and skilled pros alike:
What could all of those qualities possibly have in common? According to Sree Sreenivasan, the first Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University in New York City, your tweets (and Facebook posts, for that matter) should have as many of these attributes as possible. In 140 characters? According to Sree at one of the most powerful Twitter how-to seminars I’ve ever attended earlier this year, yes. Catch up on Sree’s advice and info with my post from earlier this year.
Are you following BlogPaws staff members on Twitter? All of us have our blogs in addition to having a presence on Twitter for BlogPaws. For your convenience, here are our Twitter names: Follow us and we’re more than likely to follow you back. Twitter is all about reciprocation. BlogPaws echoes that sentiment.
@Twigglet2 : Chloe DiVita
@MyPetBlog: Yvonne DiVita
@CarolNBryant and @FidoseofReality: Carol Bryant
@RomeotheCat: Caroline Golon
@BlogPawsKristin and @CokieTheCat: Kristin Dewey
@TheWritingDiva: Robbi Hess
@GotMutt: Linda Messina
Don't forget hashtag #BlogPaws
Twitter chats and paw-ties are a very popular form of communicating, business networking, and a way to engage with fellow tweeps. BlogPaws hosts a #BlogPawsChat the second Tuesday of every month from 8 pm to 10 pm est. It’s easy and fun to get involved, plus you can garner new followers by interacting and conversing with us. Log on to Twitter and use hashtag #BlogPawsChat to join your BlogPaws pals in the monthly fun, networking, and learning. - and you don't have to talk "just* about the monthly topic. Invite your friends.
BlogPaws’ co-founder, Yvonne DiVita, wrote a stellar blog post with 10 Twitter ideas to best maximize your tweeting experience. Have you readit? She shares tips on how you might improve your tweets in order to build a better twitter presence (thereby attracting the right followers and engaging with the right tweeps or anipals). Yvonne split the post into two, so here is the second half of Twitter tips.
Twitter is an incredibly valuable tool in the social media box of tricks but needs to be done with making every letter, digit and character count. Using these tips, tricks, and insights, novices can up their game and experts can polish their existing social media Twitter strategy.
We're working hard to bring you another outstanding slate of speakers and topics at BlogPaws 2013, back at the beautifully remodeled Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Early bird registration is open and we’ll be tweeting our paws off from now until then and beyond.