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Blogtober: Let’s Get Social With Twitter

By Oct 20, 2014 50 Comments

Good morning, y’all. We are so excited to kick off Blogtober today. Two of our great Community Leads – Amy and Krystal – have put together great social media tips for each platform, starting with Twitter. You will have the chance to link up, and find new friends every day. We are going to have a lot of fun!

Blogtober is a week-long event designed to give you helpful social media tips and enable you to grow your following as you make new connections.

Blogtober: Twitter

Twitter is my favorite social media platform. It’s a great way to connect with people. Honestly, I’ve made some really good friends (in real life) on the Twitter. It’s even how I met my husband, and why this California girl is now living in the frozen tundra of the Midwest.

Twitter is great for making those connections, but is also a great way to promote your blog. Don’t be afraid of it. I like to describe Twitter like a party or being at a bar – we are all in the same room together.

A few tips for using Twitter:

  1. Don’t fear the feed. It can be overwhelming, but just take a deep breath and realize that there is absolutely no way you are going to read every single tweet by every person or brand you follow.
  2. Make lists. Maybe there are a few folks you really want to follow closely because they are local, bloggers, or just say really cool things all the time. Create a list. It’s an easy way to filter out your overwhelming feed. You can put as many or as few people on it. The twitter handle will get an alert when you add them to a list. It always makes me feel warm & fuzzy when someone adds me to their list.
  3. Be social. So many bloggers (and small companies) tend to forget this key aspect about Twitter. If you are just spewing links, people are going to be turned off. It’s like that one guy at a party who does nothing but talk about himself. BORING. Reply to people. Jump into an ongoing conversation, and say something.

For more tips, check out all of our posts about Twitter.

Link Up To Grow Your Twitter Following

Link up your twitter handle below and follow at least five people. Don’t just follow and run. Say something when you follow someone new. Here are a few conversation starter ideas:

  • It’s Monday, so ask how their week started.
  • Ask about their blog. How long have they been doing it? What is it about?
  • If they have kids, ask what they are going to be for Halloween.
  • What is their favorite Halloween movie?
  • What is their favorite Halloween candy?

Let them know you followed via the #SITSBlogging hashtag, too. I always follow back anyone who found me via the SITSGirls. At least then I can be pretty sure they are real people and not robot spammers…wait, you’re not a robot, are you?

What is your best twitter tip?
Share it with us in the comments, or on twitter using #SITSBlogging!

To be sure you are on our email distribution list for Blogtober, and other exciting community challenges, fill out our sign-up form here.

About Amy Ruiz Fritz

Amy lives in Saint Paul, MN and is a freelance writer. She's been blogging since 2004 at the Chronicles of Nothing (www.nonchron.com) and loves to write. You can find her hanging out on the Twitter (@NonChron), where she met her husband, or drinking a glass of wine while writing one of her four blogs. She is currently working on a book about navigating the dating world and staying sane.

50 Comments

  • Esmeralda says:

    Hope to find soms new twitter friends! I’m from the Netherlands Europe 🙂

  • […] to catch up with all the fun we have been having this week? Check out our tips and Linkys for Twitter and […]

  • Slowly working through the list — will add everyone, a little bit at a time. 🙂

  • BJ says:

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    Thanks for the follow! I follow back:-)

  • Thanks for the linky! My twitter tip is keep it classy…always.

  • […] you miss the opening day of Blogtober? Don’t fret, there is still time to link up your Twitter handle, and find new […]

  • Xiomeeks says:

    Thanks for the link up! So many great people out there!

  • Dorene says:

    Sorry for the double post but the first one doesn’t have my twitter id and so it goes to a blank page.

  • Leslie says:

    Looking forward to meeting more bloggers…thanks for hosting. SITS is the best!

  • Loved this! So fantastic to connect with all of you! #BLOGTOBER is definitely my favorite month of the year!!! <3 Love you, SITS GIRLS!!! 😀

  • Stacie says:

    This is great! I’ve been meeting some fabulous new ladies and blogs all day. Stacie xo

  • Montana Ross says:

    I love Twitter! I never saw the point before I started blogging but now I find it’d useful to tweet random things during the day…tips and tricks about fitness and blogging I pick up along the way! It’s also great for short conversations with fellow bloggers.

  • I accidentally added my website first and my twitter second. Sorry for what looks like the double post! My twitter is the second listing. Thanks!

  • I love and adore Twitter. I use it in several ways. (1) I follow several free ebook sites and I get daily updates on books to download. My Kindle groans every time I log into Twitter! (2) I follow several sports heroes and teams. I like to check twitter for score updates or fun photos during the game. (3) I use Twitter to share links from my blog, pinterest, and instagram posts. and (4) I sometimes just hop on Twitter and mindlessly scroll through the feed looking for amusing and interesting topics!

  • melissa says:

    I have to say, I don’t use twitter probably as much… I generally just tweet out from Instagram {which is probably my favorite and most used platform}. I find that when I tweet out questions I don’t get much of a response :/.

  • Amanda says:

    Great series, love this! I have always been a fan of Twitter and it helps so much with blogging. Its great to connect with readers and new people.

  • I followed 10 accounts from the bottom of the list. If I already followed it, I picked another from the bottom in its place. Don’t worry about being at the bottom. 😉

  • WendyKate says:

    Twitter is a great place to connect as a new blogger, to brands that I blog about or just like. Often is results in a retweet so I gain exposure, but it also gets me on their radar for down the road when I will be looking for affiliates and/or advertisers. Thanks for the great advice, SITS gals!

  • Jessica says:

    Twitter is a fabulous place to share online! Be active on the platform, interact with your audience and most importantly, share the Twitter love with RTZ, MTs and Thank You’s:)

    See you in the ‘Twittersphere’!

  • Tammi says:

    I LOVE Twitter. Most of my traffic comes from Twitter. I recommend sharing other users tweets (retweet) and thanking those who share your’s. I also like making lists to closely follow my blogging friends, etsy friends, etc. I also recommend using Hootsuite or some type of scheduling platform to stagger your blog tweets. Nothing more annoying than a user flooding (spamming) the feed with the same tweet over and over within seconds of the last.

  • Twitter is by far my favorite social media site – I love, love, love how fast it moves!

    • It definitely does update quickly. I sometimes “step away from” Twitter for 20 minutes and when I come back I cannot find the last tweet I looked at….!

  • Vicky says:

    So excited to join this and give it a try. Social Media is definitely not one of my strengths, so looking forward to making new friends and expanding my knowledge!

    Thanks for setting this Blogtober week up!

  • Kirsten says:

    Oh my gosh! I want to follow all of you, it just might take awhile. Happy Blogtober!

    • I know! I thought the same thing. Then I saw that I was link 399 in the linkup! hahaha I guess following everyone will take a while..but it gives me something to do while I watch commercials!

  • Whew, now I need more coffee after following so many great new bloggers! Love this challenge! 🙂

  • Sarah Sarna says:

    Hi Ladies, I also tried adding my Twitter URL several times. When I submit it says the link already exists, however, I can’t see it. Following 5 people in the meantime.

    • Keisha says:

      I think the page formatting was wonky. I had the same issue. But, if I do a find, my name is there. It looks like it’s better now.

  • I didn’t know about the lists, that’s a great idea!
    I also like the idea of scheduling your own posts to go out multiple times a day. I recently heard that users only see your tweet for 18 minutes.

  • Hi SITSgirls! I arrived a wee bit late to this Twitter party today but am excited to meet and make some new friends. Have a problem though – when I added my link, I became Number 171 on the Twitter list. Wanted to let you know that only the first two columns of the Twitter list can be seen and about 5 characters of the 3rd column. I’ve tried to view the entire list using both a Windows and Mac computers, but only 2 columns show – the rest of the list is cut off by the sidebar. Thought you’d want to know.

  • Alex says:

    Unfortunately all the links above 130 aren’t visible, including mine, is there any way you can fix this? Or is it a problem of my screen resolution?

    Other than that, great tips 🙂 I’ll go and start tweeting when I am back from Karate tonight.

    Alex – Funky JungleTwitter

  • Liza says:

    I have problems watching the last twitter,I can watch them complet.I don’t know what is wrong and i add my twitter and ican’t watch it.My twitter is @1Fashionisima

  • Twitter is quickly becoming my favorite social media channel! It’s such a great way to not only be social with your fans and followers, but it’s also a good way to interact with brands! Thanks for the tips, and happy Monday!

  • Leigh Powell says:

    I’ve tried adding my twitter link 3 times but it isn’t working… help??

  • I need to be more active on Twitter. I was a late bloomer to all the social media and really trying to figure it all out. Instagram is the easiest. Facebook and Twitter still have me a little stumped! Glad to be doing this social media challenge!

  • How fun! I absolutely adore Twitter. I learn so much — from other moms, librarians, news junkies, etc. It’s a great way to keep in touch. In fact, I created a tutorial that I think will help Twitter newbies: http://bit.ly/1i3tSld

  • Thank you for sharing all the great tips. I find the one on lists very useful. I wish you could share certain updates just to a list, kind of like G+. My favorite tip is to schedule your blog posts to post to Twitter four times a day. Especially if you have new blog posts.
    Remember you have people following you who are living in different time zones, they will not see your morning tweet. It’s OK to share a link to your post a few times, you will have to change up the text a little since Twitter won’t let you share tweets that are exactly the same.

  • Thanks so much for the Twitter tips! I really need to spend time growing this social media for my blog.

    So excited to spend the Blogtober Week with everyone!
    ~ Ashley

  • Tarin Boone says:

    just started the challenge my twitter is @naturalmemedia

  • Joanne says:

    Added my twitter link (#70) and followed five but I will also follow back anyone else that follows me. Also some of you added your blog link instead of your twitter link so you might want to go back and change that.

  • Bree says:

    I’ve been working on building Twitter lately (truth be told I’m pretty horrible with this platform) love these tips!!

  • I LOVE twitter. It’s definitely my favorite platform because it’s great for engaging and building a community. If you feel overwhelmed with your followers, take advantage of lists to categorize favorite people, specific industry, etc. When I don’t have time to read my timeline, I always refer to a “Favorite People” list so I don’t miss what they have to say. Also, your Twitter shouldn’t just be you pimping yourself. Talk to other people and share other content.

    • I loved what you said about it being a great way to engage and build your community. That is so true. I haven’t used any lists yet, but I am careful about my followers. I like your idea of just checking out favorite people. I wish Instagram would do that!
      I end up following so many people on so many different platforms because of all the giveaways I enter!

  • Alysia says:

    Yayy!!!
    I’ve been hoping to build onto Twitter a bit.
    I need to get my butt in gear for that, YouTube and Instagram. Gah.

    Thanks for the help SITS!! <3