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6 Frequently Asked Questions about Twitter

Twitter Frequently Asked QuestionsIf I had a quarter for every time someone told me, “I just don’t understand how to use Twitter,” I could buy a new Coach purse by now! 🙂

That’s how I used to feel too, until I started using Twitter more consistently. Now, I’ve come to appreciate the social networking site as a marketing tool. But I understand why many people are still confused, so that’s why I recently asked my Facebook fans to post their top three questions about Twitter. In case you didn’t see my answers in your news feed (that’s a subject for another day!) – I’ll answer them here.

Q: What is the # sign and what is it used for?

A: The # sign is called a hashtag and is used with a keyword to make a subject standout during a search. Ex.: #socialmedia

Q: Is it important to use keywords in every tweet?
A: Not if you’re having a casual conversation with someone on Twitter. But if you want your tweet to be found during a search by someone else – if you’re tweeting a blog article, for instance, then you should include a relevant keyword.

Q: How often should you tweet (min. & max.)?
A: There is no hard and fast rule on how often to tweet. A minimum of 3x a day is good, especially if you’re just starting out. 6-8x is a good maximum. This doesn’t count tweets that you post when you’re engaging someone in a conversation.

Q: How often should you retweet?
A: Again, there is no clear rule here. Use your best discretion. If you come across a useful article or inspiring quotation, go ahead and retweet it. Just don’t do a bunch of them at once. That’s no way to make friends!

Q: How do I get more followers?
A: Ah… this is the $64,000 question! There are several ways to get more followers:

  1. Share useful, interesting content that your potential followers will want to read.
  2. Follow thought leaders in your industry, your current clients, and people you’d like to connect with. Odds are, they will follow you back.
  3. Retweet other people’s content – They will find out that you retweeted them, and may decide to follow you.
  4. Do a #FollowFriday shoutout – Your tweet will be seen in the stream of everyone you mentioned in the shoutout, increasing the chances that someone new will follow you.

Q: What other important shoutouts should you use besides #FollowFriday?
A: If you are in the music industry, you can use #MusicMonday. And if you’re into ecofriendly or organic products,there’s #EcoMonday. You can also try using #Gratitude or #TY any day of the week. A Twitter friend of mine uses #WW on Wednesdays. Feel free to experiment!

If you have any other Twitter questions, feel free to give me a tweet: @GloriaRand.

About the Author
Gloria Grace Rand is an award-winning SEO blogger, former writer/producer for the PBS-TV news program, “Nightly Business Report,” and the owner of Web to Wealth Marketing. As an internationally known leading expert in internet marketing, Gloria develops innovative workshops and masterminds that help creative professionals and service providers improve their online visibility and profitability. She is also a Contributing Author of three best-selling books, “Unscripted: How Entrepreneurs Leap and Find Success,” “Conceived to Lead,” and “Connect: 100+ Mind-Blowing Strategies to Use Social Media and Drive Business Growth.”

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