Utilizing Twitter


Shortly after I started a blog, I started setting up other social media accounts. I saw that a lot of people had Twitter accounts linked to their blogs, yet I was skeptically about taking the plunge and joining. I don't know why but I just had something against Twitter and utilizing it... Now I've been on Twitter for over a year, and it can do so much good for you and your blog! So here's some advice on Twitter dos and don'ts.

The most important thing to do on Twitter is TALK. I know. Groundbreaking advice from APCB. Seriously though, socialize. Get to know people. Don't be afraid to talk to others! What to talk about? Literally anything you want. Keep your personality. Be yourself. Don't fret, people will love you :)

Connect with your blogging friends via Twitter, and make new friends! Twitter gives you the opportunity to interact with bloggers, readers, authors, publicists, publishers, anyone. Another tip to add: find people with common interests. "You blog? Hey I do too! Nice to meet you." "I LOVE Throne of Glass, you do too? Let's be friends." Okay maybe you'll say slightly different things...

If used correctly, your Twitter account can also be a great entryway for people to check out your blog and gain traffic for your blog posts. Have a good balance though. Don't only post promotions and links to your posts. That makes people less likely to follow your account and click on the links. Is there a post you're proud of? One you wish had a little more traffic/comment love? Leave an attention-grabbing snippet and a link to the post in a tweet. Don't do it too often though. Less is more.

Another big part of tweeting is the conventions and grammar. Using proper grammar is not fully necessary in Twitter, but try your best! Little errors and mistakes are okay, but bad grammar and punctuation can really be a turnoff to some people. To add to this, emojis is another tricky thing to work with. We all love emojis and the expressiveness that one emoji character can do when 140 characters of words is just not enough space, but sometimes people overdo the emoji use. Personally I don't like seeing loads of emojis in a single tweet.

Don't spam others. Asking for follows from other people is not cool! Acknowledging people (@ing them) and telling them to check out and follow your blog is a bit rude (and forward). Everyone loves giveaways, who wouldn't want free books? Making your Twitter account a giveaway account is not a good idea though! People will be less likely to follow you if all you post are giveaway tweets. Promotional tags to unlock special content like tour dates or chapter reveals like #UnlockThe One or #ClockworkPrincess are also something to think twice before participating in. Getting a long string of tweets pop up on my timeline telling to help #UnlockTheOne is another method of spam that I don't want to see.

Be careful what you say on Twitter! You can never take it back. Know that anything can be misinterpreted, and you should be very scrupulous about every tweet... I'll leave it at that. Don't tweet spoilers. That's just mean. Be respectful and professional to authors at times when you are being a blogger, not just another person. If you want an ARC please do not put authors in a sticky situation. Don't ask them for personal things like publicist emails or bug them for information that isn't made public. If you don't like the author's book, don't tweet them a link to your negative review/ Also don't tweet questions to people if you can find it for yourself easily on the Internet.

These are my tips. Here is what Twitter has to say.

Twitter Don'ts:
Twitter Dos:

I hope this helps you navigate through the Twitter-verse!

Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.

25 comments:

  1. Great tips! I definitely don't use Twitter as much as I should (or any social media really D: ) so all my stuff is basically blog promotion stuff because it auto posts for when I publish new blog stuff. I reallllly need to change that. When I do venture into Twitter and talk to people it's great because most people love to chat and are really friendly ^^

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  2. Great post Rachel! I love the inclusion of other people's opinions. I will definitely be utilizing these great tips. I was totally hesitant about twitter in the beginning as well.
    ~Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies

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  3. Fabulous tips! I think it is so important to realize that when you put it out there, it's out there. You can delete it, but someone may have a screen shot. And everyone has a memory ;) And seriously with the spoilers, I am really over that. And really, you should not ever ask someone to follow you. I mean, would you go up to someone in person and yell "Be my friend!" in their face? Nope! Same rules apply! Yeah, Twitter is fun and mostly casual, but you still are in a public forum, so acting like it is always the best option! Great post!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  4. This post is super informative and so true! I love twitter so much, but sometimes some incidents and people do make it a sour experience. The thing I hate the most is probably subtweeting!
    These are some really good tips, Rach!

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  5. wait a minute people on twitter tweet you to follow them? I've never had that experience before! but I did have one author asking me to review her book via twitter *sigh I was so annoyed LOL

    www.lite-rate-ture.com

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  6. This is awesome! I too was very skeptical about Twitter in the beginning, but now I can't stay away! I've made some of my best friendships through Twitter and yes, while drama is an undeniable part of Twitter, the good definitely outweighs the bad.

    Rhea @ Rhea's Neon Journal

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  7. You know I suck at tweeting Rachel, so thank you so much for these wonderful tips! (I always want to go on Twitter and tweet, but for some reason it always escapes my mind and then when I do remember I feel like I have nothing interesting to say - ha). I think these are great reminders not just for social media, but just for real life in general. Respect is always the best policy, and being negative and unfriendly isn't going to get you anywhere. Thank you so much for sharing this and fabulous, informative post!

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  8. Great tips Rachel! It can be difficult to strike the balance between promoting your blog and being yourself but you seem to have a knack for it!

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

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  9. Great post, Rachel!!! I have yet to join Twitter, but I have been thinking about it, so this post is super informative and helpful! Thanks :D

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  10. Twitter spoilers OMG. Why, people, why? I can't tell you how often I've searched a hashtag only to be completely spoiled for something, because I just forget that other people don't see spoilers as the demons from hell that they clearly are. Ahem. Some good advice in here, especially about not promoting ALL the time.

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  11. Ah Twitter. I do most of the Tweeting for our blog because Ashley can't access Twitter at work. I still barely know how to use it but I do agree that since I joined it's enhanced my blogging experience A TON. But i'm sure i do things wrong - like I try to twee and interact regularly but life is busy so there are stretches of time when our Twitter account is just the automatic posts from Bloglovin about a new blog post and giveaway tweets. But I'm trying lol. I think we avoid most of the annoying things though :)

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  12. This is a great post, Rachel! I wasn't too sure about joining Twitter either but it's actually done wonders for my blog. Also, you meet so many people that you wouldn't ordinarily meet, and it makes blogging that much more fun. I've realized that if too long goes by where I don't talk to my blogger friends, I get in a bit of a slump haha.

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  13. Great tips, Rachel! I only started becoming more active on Twitter recently. I used to feel like social media was a chore and something extra I had to do for my blog, but since interacting more it's become a lot more fun and easygoing. I think it's a balance between not tweeting too much but not too little either, especially when it comes to promotion. I love that you included other users' advice on this topic, it's really helpful!

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

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  14. Agrestic post, very helpful and it seems well researched, not just your own opinions. I'm just getting in to the swing of using Twitter productively, even giving myself set Twitter time each day. At first I was following a person on their blog, twitter, Google+ and now I'm learning which sites work best for the information delivered by an individual, so I'm able to cut them out of a social media area and just focus on them where I see them best. This cuts down on reading the same thing twice and having an unwieldy amount of visits each day.

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  15. Thanks for the do's and don'ts!! Yeah it does feel like I am missing out since alot of other bloggers use Twitter, but I'm just a bit wary of joining the twitter train cause I'm still a newbie in the community... So do you think its a good or bad choice to join twitter if you ate still a newbie?

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  16. Awesome post, Rachel! It took me a while to get the hang of using Twitter, and it was the last form of social media I started using because for some reason, I was intimidated by it. I think the toughest part for me is summing up everything I want to say in just 140 characters xD haha

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  17. What a fantastic post Rachel! I love Twitter and I completely agree that the goal is to make friends. Lots of hashtags and spam is just not cool and being obnoxious, complaining, showing off, subtweeting often usually results in an unfollow.

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  18. Wonderful post Rachel — as someone that works in PR, Twitter is like life! It's a shame that sometimes I don't have the time to check it though, especially when I'm very busy and the amount of posts on there starts to become a little overwhelming. :(

    But I absolutely agree, use it to socialise and make new friends! It's one of the joys of the platform :D

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  19. Eeep, I am guilty of tweeting too much giveaway joining entries! GAH, I just can't help it. I would *probably* lessen these kind of tweets.

    Jennilyn @ RurouniJenniReads

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  20. I feel like the spoilers thing is SUPER relevant right now... Anyway.

    Love all these tips! It took me a while to figure out all of this; I wish I had read this post as a newbie tweeter a year ago. Now that I've become more active, I feel like I'm making real connections! Even if I can't get on my computer and leave comments on blogs for a few days, I'm still involved with twitter.

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  21. Tbh I'm super nervous about navigating twitter..like I don't want to be that annoying girl who just chimes in conversations when she wasn't invited but I don't want to be antisocial either? I am going to overcome my fear this month, though, I promised myself. So this post is definitely helpful. :)

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  22. Ohhh this is a great post Rach! Twitter can definitely be a very powerful tool in blogging if you use it correctly. I made a ton of blogging friends through twitter and found new blogs that way too! You can definitely use it promote your posts but I agree with you when you should keep your promo tweets should be kept to a minimum. Thanks for sharing! :D

    ~Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!

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  23. I think the best part of Twitter is the interaction! I love it when I tweet "I'm reading this and this" then someone jumps in and tweet me saying they loved that book etc. I just love having book conversations with people because I don't do that often outside of the blogosphere since my friends doesn't like reading. I think the downside of Twitter is hmmm not really sure because if I don't like someone I follow, I just unfollow them and all's good!

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  24. I liked hearing from actual tweeters what they found nice and enjoyable and what they didn't like as well! I am someone who does use twitter, but it's not really my main social media site when it comes to blogging and generally just being active online. I do use it a bit though, and my favourite way to do so is to talk to others and sometimes meet authors as well that way!

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  25. People who post spoilers on Twitter should be banned for life. So inconsiderate and rude!

    Twitter is terrifying in the beginning and still scary if you are socially not that strong, but it's definitely a good practice to put yourself out there :) People are always kind when you talk to them and there is always someone available to talk too

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