Of course this is a simple question to answer, but when you are active on Twitter it often feels that most people don't understand proper etiquette.
Whether you are on Twitter or talking to someone face to face, the same rule applies–The Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated! Just because it is social media and online doesn't mean you should hide behind a computer and not treat others with respect.
Does everyone follow Twitter rules?
Apparently not! In fact, it often feels as if each person follows their own set of rules. However, that doesn't mean that you should follow the crowd. I can promise you that if you do things differently than about 90% of the current users of Twitter you will stand out in the crowd and make real and authentic connections.
So are you ready to begin?
8 Etiquette Tips for Using Twitter to Build Real Relationships
1. Show your face. The first thing you need to do is to take away the egg-head. If you are looking to really connect with followers, show them who you are. This starts by taking away the egg-head and putting up your picture. Keep in mind this is not a logo, but a real picture of you.
2. Fill in your profile. Twitter is full of spam and fake followers. To help new connections know that you are a person behind the profile, be sure that you complete each item. Use words that describe who you are and what you do, so potential followers know that they are in the right place.
3. Be you. People can see right through fake, even online. Be yourself and allow your personality to shine through. You want to build a community of followers who love you for who you are, so don't hide it!
4. Make the first move. To get things moving in the right direction, don't be afraid to make the first move. Begin retweeting tweets from those you want to connect with. Reply to their tweets. Start building a connection, one tweet at a time.
5. Slow down on the self promos. This is one of the biggest etiquette steps you can take. Twitter is full of people selling their stuff. And it can actually be a turn off for many. Keep your self promotions to no more than one a day.
6. Provide valuable content. If you are providing content that your audience is interested in, they will automatically want to learn more from you. They will begin trusting you, which allows you to become the 'go-to' person in your industry. Give them what they want.
7. Be polite. This means acknowledging someone when they retweet your tweet. Tell them thank you and show your appreciation. Whether someone gives you a shout out or shares your content, be sure to show them your thanks.
8. Watch your auto DM's. Auto DM's are a fantastic tool when used correctly. However, they can be a disaster when used for spamming. Show your followers that you really care and for goodness sakes stop the spam! For tips, check this post out: Say What!? You Send Auto DM's on Twitter?
Using Twitter successfully can often feel next to impossible. However, it really is quite simple, especially when you just show common courtesy.
How about you? How do you show etiquette on Twitter? Share below, I'd love to hear 🙂