It’s great to give and receive ego-stroking shout-outs, but Twitter’s 140 character constraints often prevent us from explaining why a person is follow-worthy. Let’s take a little look-see at traits common amongst the beautiful tweople.
Twitter has allowed millions of people to connect instantly to converse in real time across the world. The microblogging platform has evolved before our very eyes from a basic tool for personal correspondence, into a business-marketing-powerhouse-meets-brand-monitoring-treasure. (Remember back in the day when the homepage depicted Twitter as “a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”… Ho hum…not your mom’s Twitter any more, mate.)
Despite the metamorphoses, or perhaps because of it, it’s essential to remember that (spambots aside) we’re connecting with other human beings. That said- there are some exceptional human beings out there in the Twitterverse who literally can sit back and cultivate an enormous following thanks to their admirably charming tweeting habits.
Here’s a list of 14 habits some seriously-beloved Twitters take to the tweet-streets daily… the results of which are obvious not only by the quantity of their followers, but the supreme quality of their followers.
1. They remember to say “Good Morning”: @nannytweeting | Shana Albert
Face it: life is busy and, in a real-time stream, content surges by so fast. It’s easy to forget the basics of human civility. Manners and niceties might not sound like a big deal but taking time to mark the passage of wakeful time to sleep and back humanizes the microblogging experience. Checking in before and after beddy-bye makes us feel like insiders in our Twitter friends’ lives.
2. They bring their followers along with them: @hollisthomases | Hollis Thomases
Social (media) butterflies are always on-the-go. Thanks to technological marvels like iPhones, twitpic, and Four Square followers can instantly travel vicariously through friends’ tweets. This adds dimension to the person behind the avatar, behind the 140 characters… it depicts them as, oh gosh, a real-live human being with an interesting life!
3. They reach out after meeting someone: @jeffpulver | Jeff Pulver
It’s common etiquette to reach out via email after you physically meet a person. Mirroring this gesture via Twitter with an @mention shows that you’re proud to have connected with that person– proud enough to showcase it in a popular, public space.
4. They bolster up their buddies: @joannalord | Joanna Lord
Twitter can definitely be a gush-factory, pumping out ” 🙂 ” symbols by the barrel, but not every day is sunshine and puppies. There’s nothing weird about tweeting frustration or a sense of helplessness… especially when you have friends out there who will tweet back with a little 140 character encouragement.
5. They don’t brush off their critics: @garyvee | Gary Vaynerchuck
Even madly successful entrepreneurs, with darn near 850,000 followers, take pride in maintaining their Twitter relationships. The true Twitterers don’t let their celebrity-status keep them from reaching out to recently-disappointed fans or critics to try to set things straight.
6. They say “thank you” for the little things: @johnlusher | John Lusher
True, it takes two seconds to Retweet something… but it also only takes two seconds to thank someone for helping share your content on Twitter. It displays genuine appreciation, acts as a mutual hat-tip to the retweeter and shows off the manners your mama gave you.
Warning! Do not be gratuitous. Repeatedly blithering & blathering emotional “thank-you” is a sign of… well, ask your shrink.
7. They make themselves available on various social channels: @rickbakas | Rick Bakas
Across many demographics Twitter has saturated the concept of “social media” – but lest we forget, there are other social platforms out there. LinkedIn marries well with Twitter because it allows followers to learn more about who you are and what you do in a vast, professional context.
8. They warn the community about bad user-experiences: @gabgoldenberg | Gab Goldenberg
Good tweeps “got your back.” Spam is one of the most dreadful drawbacks of cyberspace – it’s like a nasty BandAid resting delicately atop the most wonderful entrée imaginable. You’d warn your friends about going to the restaurant that served up that disaster… why not warn them about spam sites, hackers, and poor user-experiences so they can steer clear as well?
9. They take time to share shout-outs & praise: @briansolis | Brian Solis
It’s not blindly egotistical to admit that shout-outs make us feel good… and that praise during the holidays make us feel awesome… and that congratulations during the holidays for doing “great work” make us feel super loved. Pass the love around baby, and it will come back to you in spades. (Or, you know, followers).
10. They take a break from business to share funky stuff: @iamkhayyam | Khayyam Wakil
Twitter has revolutionized the way marketers interact with consumers- the way we trade industry information with like-minded professionals. But a five minute mental break, especially to check out the coolest thing we’ll see today (!), is a godsend amid a chaotic workday.
11. They say “Happy Birthday”: @katjaib |Kat
Taking a couple of seconds to say “Happy Birthday” is a simple surefire way to make someone feel super special on their special day. Sort of expected from your family, but there’s something extra heartwarming about reaching out across the Internet with well-wishes (and with all those exclamation points, no less…!!!).
12. They hug people: @buzzedition | Susan Elaine
Few things in life rival the surge of comfort and flutters that comes with a big ol’ bear hug. Still there’s no point in denying that e-hugs are downright splendid. If you’re thinking it, share it – it only takes a handful of characters to give someone that warm fuzzy feeling. *HUG* See? Auh yeah. Here it is again…*HUG * Mmm.
13. They don’t just Retweet posts– they offer feedback: @lookadoo | Dana Lookadoo
Blogs are platforms where we publish information, but there’s no rule that says the conversation has to stop there. Getting a pat on the back from a reader who dug the material is simply the bee’s knees; it’s easy to walk away from a post with new knowledge- it’s mutually rewarding to personally give the blogger a thumbs up for their time and effort.
14. They tell it like it is: @lisabarone | Lisa Barone
People crave personality, especially in a place as seemingly two-dimensional as cyberspace. Mushy-gushy compassion, snarky wit and goofy merriment are memorable, and as such are embraced by different groups of people- but the important thing is they are embraced.
So you see, boys and girls…
The unifying factor among these 14 seriously-beloved Twitterers is that they let their personalities shine… they’re transparent, they’re thoughtful– they bring warmth, energy and value to their followers; they give and receive and because of that, are genuinely successful online and in life.