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How to Network Effectively with Twitter – part 2

[tweetmeme] Anytime someone raises the subject of Twitter at a networking event I’ll frequently hear this comment, “I just don’t get it,” or “It seems like a waste of time.” The truth is that many people are using Twitter successfully for their business. To get started, you have to learn how to connect with people on Twitter.

In my last blog post, I explained how to show Twitter users what you want to talk about. This time, I’m going to offer some tips on setting up your Twitter profile, and how to go about following people and sending messages.

Include Keywords in Your Twitter Profile

First impressions are just as important online as they are when you meet someone in person. So, take the time to review your Twitter profile. Select the appropriate handle that represents you or your business, use a professional photo of yourself, not one taken while you were on vacation. Include a link to your website or blog and write a bio that includes keywords so when people search for your profession, they’ll have a better chance of finding you.

Resist the Urge to Automatically Follow Everyone Who Follows You


Now it may be tempting to automatically follow everyone who follows you, but keep in mind that the larger the number of followers you have, the harder it will be to stay in contact with everyone. A more effective tactic is to follow those people you want to do business with, or are effective thought leaders in your industry since you may want to retweet their content to your own followers.

Automation is NOT Your Friend

Finally, it may seem easier to send out an automatic welcome message to everyone who follows you. But you’ll have a better chance of connecting with people if you personalize your messages. And don’t automatically try to sell people something with your message. Instead, share something useful with them, so they feel like you actually care about them.

In the next installment of this Twitter Networking series, I’ll talk about the power of retweeting.

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About the Author
Known as The Insightful Copywriter, Gloria Grace Rand is also an inspirational speaker, author and host of the Live. Love. Engage. podcast. Prior to launching her SEO Copywriting business in 2009, Gloria spent nearly two decades in television, most notably as writer and producer for the award-winning PBS financial news program, “Nightly Business Report.”

Gloria turned to writing as a way to communicate, since growing up with an alcoholic father and abusive mother taught her that it was safer to be seen and not heard. But not speaking her truth caused Gloria problems such as overeating, control issues, and an inability to fully trust people. After investing in coaching & personal development programs, and studying spiritual books like “A Course in Miracles,” Gloria healed her emotional wounds. Today, she helps entrepreneurs develop clarity, confidence and connection to the truth of who you are, so you can create a business that has more impact, influence and income!

2 thoughts on “How to Network Effectively with Twitter – part 2”

  1. Thanks for the great information about Twitter. I’m still figuring out the best way to make use of Twitter to grow my writing business and this is very helpful.

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