Finding Friends on Twitter
When you are starting out on Twitter, it can seem like you are the new kid in a big school. You stand near the popular kids and laugh at their jokes. This really isn’t friendship. You need to be around like-minded people.
When I was figuring a couple of things out, I posted a couple of links to sites designed to help you find people with the same interests as you. In this post I will give you a few ways to make more friends.
Something important thing to remember:
When making new friends, be yourself.
If you aren’t every ounce of yourself, people wont like you for who you really are.
Look for people who share your interests
Use Twitter search or something similar to track down people with common interests.Tweedeck is a great desktop application for searching and keeping track of different search terms.
The hardest part of Twitter is getting people to interact with you. What I find helpful, is to:
- Reply to people’s questions or,
- join into a group conversation.
Both of these methods will help you get your foot in the door. After you build some rapport with a few people, you will have a bit more confidence to keep at it.
There are many people out there just like you; a few followers, not too sure how to get noticed. These are great people to talk to. You can make a bunch of new friend by helping them get noticed.
- Retweet their content
- #FF or #FollowFriday them (@mention them and use the hashtag #FF or #FollowFriday on Fridays)
- The #mustfollow hashtag is another way to help them get noticed.
People are very appreciative on Twitter when you help their cause. Just remember to keep actively participating with your new group of friends or you may get lost in the noise.
Remember, it is about the quality of the relationships, not just how many followers you get. If you have 1000 followers, and none of them will reply to you, what’s the point?