Who you follow on Twitter [and any social media platform for that matter], will form the basis of your online experience. Follow accounts that give you something of interest, so that when you go online you feel informed and empowered. Let your followers gather information on your behalf, and present it to you in quick snippets. Let them curate useful things for you to share with your following and engage with conversations that you want to be a part of. Twitter is a wealth of information, so it’s key not to bombard your Timeline. Only follow businesses or celebrities you love, people you know or new sources that are on your wave-length – that way everything you consume on Twitter will be of service to you and your business. You’ll soon find out that tweets move pretty quickly down the feed, so limiting your followings in the first instance will ensure you see the content you have chosen to receive, rather than missing out because its been gobbled up by newer tweets.
HOW: TECH TIPS
Click Discover [‘man icon+’ at the top left hand corner of your Twitter App, or ‘#Discover’ tab on desktop] to browse accounts by:
1. twitters recommendations “suggestions”
- The more you use Twitter the more accurately they can tailor their suggestions based on your interests, similar to Instagram.
- Mix up the categories from which you follow people, remember what they say “all work and no play makes for a boring Twitter Timeline”. :p Drop in some inspiration from the Dalai Lama, or a laugh from Ellen Degeneres - their tweets could brighten up your day! It’s also good to follow a news site so you can be the first to know the breaking stories.
3. searching for people or accounts
- Is there anyone you love to follow on Instagram or Facebook? Check if they are on Twitter too! If you just meet someone at an event or heard them mentioned elsewhere > search and find them!
o Click on the magnifying glass icon in top right corner
o Pop their name into the search bar
o Refine your search by selecting ‘people’ from the options which include; everything, photos, video, news, people [all people, people you follow] everywhere, near you.
4. importing your address book contacts “find friends”
o Allow Twitter to access your contacts [don’t freak out they ask you who you want to connect with before doing anything]
o Select who you want to follow by clicking the man icon+ next to their name, he will turn blue.
Need more help finding interesting accounts?
> See what accounts people you know or admire are following; no doubt they follow some pretty interesting people!
All tweets from the accounts you follow will now show up on your Timeline. Retweet messages you love or @reply to engage with a tweet that sparks your interest.
Replies and retweets will show on your profile, helping you build your voice so people can see what you care about. As new users, this engagement is important as others are more likely to find your messages if they are retweets or @replies.
Ok, go for it, find and follow those that you find interesting and let your Timeline fill up with goodness!