Top Ten Ways To Stand Out On Twitter

One of the most common questions asked by those new to Twitter is just how they can go about standing out. After all, for all the power of the platform, until you find yourself some followers, you’re basically just talking to yourself.

The good news is that standing out on Twitter isn’t as difficult as most people believe. Here are ten easy ways to get your tweets the attention that they deserve.

Choose a Niche

The first step towards getting noticed on Twitter is deciding who you want to be noticed by. This means choosing one or two core topics and doing your best to stick to them. Celebrities can tweet about whatever they like but if a regular person wants to amass a following, it’s important to choose a niche.

Less is More

If you’re new to Twitter, it’s not uncommon to feel compelled to tweet as much as possible. After all, more tweets equals more followers, right? In reality, tweeting when you have nothing interesting to say is how you lose followers, not gain them. If you want to stand out, focus on quality over quantity. Don’t feel compelled to tweet a certain number of times each day.

Time Your Tweets

While the quantity of your tweets is largely irrelevant, the time at which you send them can make a major difference. The best times to tweet are typically in the mornings, evenings and weekends. This is only a general guideline however. Keep an eye on when your tweets are getting the most replies and retweets. Find out when your target audience is most active and time your tweets accordingly.

Think Twice About What You Share

One of the easiest ways to add some serious value to your Twitter account is to regularly link to content that your followers are likely to find interesting. Contrary to what some people seem to believe however, this doesn’t mean randomly linking to everything that you read each day. Don’t waste your followers time with sub par recommendations. Set the bar high for what you consider to be worth sharing.

Give Your Own Take on Things

Speaking of sharing content, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it. There’s no easier way to blend in with the crowd than just copying and pasting links. Never share anything without including your own take on the subject. In doing so, you’re actually adding to the conversation. And as a result, people are far more likely to start paying attention.

Help One Person Every Day

Don’t underestimate the value of simply being helpful. Aim to help at least one person in your niche every day. This can be anything from answering a question to a quick retweet. Most people will be more than happy to return the favour and over time, this can add up to a surprising amount of exposure.

Never be Afraid of Controversy

When used correctly, a little bit of controversy can be exactly what a new Twitter account needs to get noticed. Never be afraid to offend people. If you have an opinion that you expect many people to disagree with, get online and Tweet it. Of course, it’s important to know where to draw the line. Don’t sacrifice your credibility for a bigger following.

Ask Questions

Another Twitter technique that many people overlook is simply asking intelligent questions. Intelligent questions beg to be answered and they are therefore an excellent way to get talking to people. Of course, it’s important to use this technique sparingly. Occasional questions make you look inquisitive, constant questions make you look clueless.

Encourage Retweets

If you want to get noticed on Twitter, you’re obviously going to want to get as many retweets as possible. Here are five easy ways to encourage people to give them to you.

  • Keep your tweets short.
  • Regularly retweet others.
  • Come out and ask for them.
  • Always say thank you.
  • Always return the favour.

Know What Makes a Good Tweet

Finally, the best tweets all do one of two things, they spark an emotion or they make people think. Every time you sit down to tweet something, keep these two goals in mind. Fail to meet either one and you can expect your tweets to be forgotten about the moment they are read. Consistently meet them both, however, and you can expect to amass a serious collection of followers in no time.

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