Are you a Twitter addict? Well, don’t be ashamed of it. It is one of the fastest growing social networking sites in the world. It has become very prominent, now that Twitter has become a deciding factor in the social media market, and the numbers are stunning. Averaging about 1billion tweets every week, there is a clear movement happening, and the internet is changing by the second.
The Re-tweet (RT for short) is the superhero of tweets and has amazing powers that other tweets just don’t have, almost 100 times more forceful. RT is when you take another person’s tweet and forward it to your followers while crediting the source. This simple act of sharing is mighty generous. Consider how many tweets are sent in a day, and how many go through your newsfeed. For you to pick one that you feel is worth your time and endorse it to others is a great compliment to the designer of the tweet. If you’re using Twitter for business as a way to promote your brand, products or services, it’s even more important that you write re-tweetable tweets.
One can think of 10,000 or 20,000 or maximum of a lakh re-tweets but it makes one wonder – what brings 2-million re-tweets to a tweet? To be precise, @RevRunWisdom got 2,547,051 re-tweets. Writing tweets is an art and admittedly, it’s a bit tricky to get your head around it but let’s break it down…
“Me, me, me” never works. People care about how you can provide value, so how you can be interesting or provocative and stand out in the increasingly cluttered Twitter sphere is very important.
All Twitter users – whether they’ll admit it or not – really want re-tweets. Getting a re-tweet on twitter needs a lot of strategising sometimes. If you are lucky enough & blessed with good sense of humour and a great skill to craft your words, you will automatically grab attention.
There are many ways in which one can get re-tweets-
• Keep your tweets short: Use the formula of KISS – Keep it short, simple. If they are short, they allow others to re-tweet them more easily
• Keep your tweet catchy and interesting: Humour is always good. Make sure that you take the time to craft each tweet rather than just throwing it out there
• Re-tweet others: If people see that you are re-tweeting them, they will be more likely to re-tweet you.
• Hashtags: Using popular hashtags can be helpful
• Choose a good time to tweet. Do some research about what a good time is for you and your topic.
• Avoid least tweetable words: If you are trying to get more re-tweets, consider using these favourable words/phrases more often. “you, twitter, please, re-tweets, post, blog, social, free, media, help, please re-tweet” etc.
• Leave room for re-tweets: How often do you cancel a re-tweet just because you can’t add in your comment into the re-tweet message? Well, I bet it’s a lot. Let there be space for others to phrase a sentence or word before re-tweeting
• Always Include a Link: As simple as it may sound, there is a huge difference between tweets with a link and ones without links. Link to a blog post, a news article, a video, or a photo – something that expands on what you’re saying. In other words, learn to tell the whole story by pointing with a link to an important missing piece.
• Ask for it: The easiest way to get a re-tweet is… well, ask for it. Do you know that by adding the phrase” Please Re-tweet”, you increase the chances of re-tweet by 160%
Twitter knows no limits. Make Twitter your own weapon, ride the middle ground between want and need and find that balance. It’s your experience, y