Written By John Sparks
Hooray! It’s Friday and we made it through the week. It’s also Twitter’s biggest day. Time again to send out all those #FollowFriday tweets to everyone we know with the hash tags #FollowFriday, #FF, and #TGIF. But wait! Before sending out another tweet listing everyone’s name in it from Texas to Timbuktu Let’s take a look at How Does Twitter Work. Let’s get a better understanding of what the biggest problem is with #FollowFriday Tweets and share 5 Tips for sending out better #FollowFriday Tweets.
How Does Twitter Work: Biggest Problem with #FollowFriday
The biggest problem with #FollowFriday tweets is users try to stuff too many names inside a tweet. Come on, we’ve probably all seen it happen EVERY Friday! We’re talking about those super long tweets which list a strand of ten @ mentions in them and nothing else. What’s so bad about this? When other people try to Re-tweet these tweets to their followers they can’t without leaving someone’s name off the tweet. Other Tweeps can’t quote the tweet, put in their own comments and send it out to their followers. This is why Tweets with a long list of names have a pretty low chance of getting re-tweeted. Tweets with a long list of names spark very little engagement.
How Does Twitter Work: Best Practices for Sending Out #FollowFriday Tweets
- Mention only 1-3 names in a Tweet. Crowd sourcing is acceptable within reason. Just remember the fewer names mentioned, the better off the tweet will be. Your tweet has a better chance of getting retweeted because everyone’s name will fit in the retweet. Other Tweeps will also have room to add their two cents to the tweet.
- Keep the tweet at 120 characters. This leaves extra space to mention the person’s name who sent the original tweet on the Retweet.
- Don’t just list a strand of names. Make your tweet topical. Use it as an opportunity to thank someone for their help or commend them for a job well done during the week.
- Keep the number of hashtags to a minimum. Again less is more.
- Show enthusiasm with an exclamation somewhere in the tweet! You have a better chance getting a Retweet when you write like you talk and people hear your voice when they’re reading the tweets.
Do you have any more suggestions for sending out a #FollowFriday tweet or Twitter Mentions? Leave us your comments below.