This post originally published on March 17, 2014. We’ve updated it here with the latest information, images, and resources.

Before I joined Buffer, I barely had a Twitter account.

It existed by its lonesome for a few years as a placeholder for the day when my work allowed me to tweet freely. That day came when I had the privilege to join up with the Buffer team, and I dove right in, applying all the Twitter knowledge I had stowed away. And still, even with a running start, I had so much to learn.

Knowledge seldom takes the place of experience. So while I muddled through my first few weeks on Twitter—experimenting and fiddling—I noticed the many things I could have only learned by doing. Here are the big ones. Call them Twitter tips for beginners.

Maybe you can relate to some?

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Twitter Tips for Beginners

1. You don’t have to read every tweet

Phew! This one took a huge burden off my shoulders because I was literally trying to read every Tweet from the people I followed. It simply wasn’t feasible. The average person tweets 22 times per day (and I was following many in the digital marketing realm, so my tweet average was likely a bit higher). Let’s extrapolate from there:

  • If you’re following 100 people, you could see 2,200 tweets per day
  • If you’re following 500 people, you could see 11,000 tweets per day.
  • If you’re following 1,000 people, you could see 22,000 tweets per day.

Followers and tweets per day

Put another way, since tweets can average 30 characters in length, a person following 1,000 people would see enough content in one day’s time to fill George Orwell’s Animal Farm four times over.*

You don’t have to read every Tweet. Phew. Instead …

2. Organize the people you follow into Twitter lists

Understanding how my stream worked was a huge undertaking at first. Retweets brought different avatars into my feed. Sponsored content appeared seemingly at random. It was exciting and new and a little much to take in.

Thankfully, I discovered lists.

My greatest value from lists is that I see the most important, original content from select groups of people, free from sponsored content. In some ways, it is a minimalist’s Twitter.

My interests are varied, so I break them out into different lists. I have a list for digital marketing, a list for New England Patriots football, a list for Boise State football, and a lot more. It is a useful alternative to surfing the entire stream.

Here, for example, is a list of all my teammates at Buffer:

Buffer team Twitter list

3. Respond to everyone

Those who are longtime Twitter users with big followings might not be able to handle this volume of responses, but for us newbies? Responding to anyone and anything is a huge part of being engaged in Twitter and growing your connections.

When someone retweets you, mentions you in a tweet, or favorites one of your tweets, they are seeking a connection with you. From a certain perspective, this is a truly humbling event. Someone has valued you and your profile enough that they want to connect. It’s kind of an honor.

One of the most engaged brands on Twitter—the @notebook account—places a huge emphasis on responding to everyone.

“Whether you’re managing an international brand like Nike, or a local deli, it’s important to say thank-you to every follower who asks a question, has a problem, or gives you a compliment. Some will respond back, and others will retweet your response simply because they want to show their friends that you’ve engaged with them.”

4. Use a scheduler like Buffer

An incredibly important element to success on Twitter is consistency. Tweet often and tweet regularly. Consistency, however, doesn’t always fit into my schedule.

That’s why social media management tools like Buffer are so helpful. With Buffer, I can curate a bunch of great content to share (even retweets) and add it all to a queue that gets dispersed at the best times throughout the day. I can control as much or as little of the process that I want, and I can follow up later with stats that show what tweets got the most traction.

Buffer stats

5. A good bio sells

Writing a strong, descriptive bio has a number of advantages—for you and for the people who follow you. For you, a strong bio can lead to more followers and be an ideal way to introduce yourself to others. For those viewing your profile, a well-done bio lets them know what to expect if they are to follow you. Do the bio right, and you are likely to gain more quality followers.

My default mode was to write something ambiguously clever. I love Twitter bios that make me laugh, but what makes me laugh might not make my neighbor laugh. So instead of a laugh, I swallowed my creative ego and went with something more descriptive.

Twitter bio

Neil Patel covered the key ingredients of a Twitter bio in a post here on the Buffer blog. These are Neil’s top tips:

  1. It’s accurate. One professional description.
  2. It’s exciting. One word that is not boring.
  3. It’s targeted. One niche descriptor.
  4. It’s flattering. One accomplishment.
  5. It’s humanizing.One hobby.
  6. It’s intriguing. One interesting fact or feature about yourself.
  7. It’s connected. Your company or another social profile.

6. Engage others directly

“When you engage with folks and begin conversations, you will make Twitter friends and enjoy the experience so much more.”

I have found this advice from Stacy Zapar to be 100% correct. Engaging with people on Twitter is a surefire way to get more out of the social network, to build connections, and to have fun.

The greatest method I’ve found to do this is in the way you can manually compose my tweets. Any time I link to a new piece of content or share something that someone else tipped me onto, I add an @ mention of the author or originator as a hat tip, or “HT.” Give credit where credit’s due, in other words. People very often appreciate this.

Conversation on twitter

7. Understand how @-mentions work

It used to be that if you want everyone to see your tweet, you don’t start it with an @ symbol. Twitter assumed, almost always correctly, that tweets starting with an @ symbol are replies and only display them in the timelines of people who follow both you and the person you replied to.

So it was a common practice to add a period before the @ symbol to broadcast a tweet.

Tweet with period

Twitter has recently introduced several great changes to how @-mentions work. Here’s a quick overview of them:

  • Tweets that begin with an @-mention will now reach all your followers. (So you can now send tweets like the one above without the period in front.)
  • When you’re replying a tweet, your reply tweet will only appear in the timelines of people who follow both you and the person you replied to. (So your replies won’t appear (or saturate) your followers’ timeline unless they follow the person you replied to, too.)
  • If you want to share your reply with all your followers, Twitter recommends retweeting your reply tweet. (Yes, you can retweet your own tweets!)
  • When replying, @-mentions does not take up any characters of the 140-character limit – yay!

8. It’s OK to tweet the same thing multiple times

Let’s say you have an amazing piece of content that you love and your audience loves. It would be a shame to bring it up once and never speak of it again!

Belle Beth Cooper debunked any myths about reposting the same content in a great post on the Buffer blog. Her three main reasons for reposting content:

  1. Get more traffic
  2. Hit multiple time zones
  3. Reach new followers

We’ve even adopted a bit of a re-posting schedule here at Buffer, thanks to inspiration from CoSchedule:

social media posting schedule

Knowing that it’s OK to repost content takes a lot of pressure off the content curation process. If I find a great link, I shouldn’t worry if I’ve already tweeted it before. Reposting can be a good thing!

9. Set aside your follower-following ratio and just follow

What is the ideal ratio of followers to following? There are some interesting ideas out there, like this one from DigiWriteIt:

Twitter followers-following ratio

Whatever the ideal ratio is, I found it fruitless to chase this ratio in the early going.

I joined Twitter to engage, and so engage I did.

My stumbling block here was noticing the enviable follower-following ratio of top users on Twitter. Part of me wanted the cool factor of being followed by thousands while only following a handful. I was on quite the ego trip for someone just starting on Twitter!

A healthy follower-following ratio could wait. In the meantime, I adopted the rule to follow those who follow you.

Being selective can actually slow down your growth. One of the quickest ways to build a following, according to KissMetrics, is to follow as many people as you can.

Following back adds a personal touch, no matter how popular you are on Twitter. It shows that you noticed someone followed you and took the time to follow them back.

When the time does come to prune one’s list of followers, there are many tools available to weed out chunks of your follower list—those who no longer use Twitter, those who lack engagement with you, etc. Tools like Tweepi and Followerwonk (pictured below) can guide you on how to best manage your list of followers.

The true best ratio for followers-following does exist, buried in secret inside Twitter’s algorithms. When you reach 2,000 accounts that you follow, you won’t be able to follow anyone else if your ratio isn’t deemed healthy.

10. The best piece of advice I’ve heard on Twitter

The best advice I’ve heard on Twitter is a great bit of philosophical wisdom:

“Don’t tweet all about you: tweet all about them.”

twitter advice

This advice comes courtesy of Chris Brogan, and it rings true for me. Up to 80% of all social media posts are about the same topic: ourselves. Imagine the impact focusing on others could make. There’s a similar theme for content marketing: Focus on other people. When you take the attention off yourself, your Twitter can flourish.

Over to you

What advice do you wish you heard when you started Twitter?

I’d love to hear your experience and what you’ve found helpful along the way. Leave a comment here, or you can catch me on Twitter.

Ready for more? You might like The Twitter Strategy Guide: 14 Twitter Tips to Take Your Tweeting to the Next Level.

Image credits: JefferyTurner, Digiwriteit, IconFinder, Unsplash, Pablo

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Written by Kevan Lee

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  • Karthikeyan

    Everything is fine, except “Don’t tweet all about you: tweet all about them.” No one tweets about persons. What if i tweet you out of nowhere that you look good? Perhaps it says to thank or appreciate where it is due? If so yes. People talk about something of a topic, speaking of persons ah not so much. Unless they are famous that is.

    • Makes a lot of sense. Thanks for bringing this perspective. I tend to think of it from a 10,000-foot view: In general, do my tweets reflect me-centered content or do my tweets aim to provide value to others? I’m trying/learning to do the latter. 🙂

      • Karthikeyan

        I have no idea of who you are or your Twitter handle man, i have the beloved Buffer Blog in my RSS and i just read the post and expressed my view. I have to connect with you to answer the previous comment of yours.

      • Karthikeyan

        And yes, one has to achieve the latter. Help others to your extend and share great content that might be helpful to others, either be it in your field or in general. Twitter is, what you are. Its what you make outta it, it moulds and adapts you.

  • Movie Munce

    My #1 advice for anyone joining Twitter is to ignore the follower count. Focus on quality and not quantity. Build relationships with people and it doesn’t matter what your number is.

    • Your number will take care of itself? Great advice.

    • Bruce (@Brudaddy)

      Spot on.

    • This advice was something I wish I actually took when I joined, I was so focused on getting people to follow I forgot people follow *because* of you’re interesting content. Content>Followers

    • Like anything, the number of followers is irrelevant. It’s the number of people engaging that counts. You could have 2 million followers but no one engaging with your tweets. What’s the point in that? If you focus on providing a quality experience, the followers you do have will be high quality, engaging folks.

  • Great post. Thanks!

    A few off the top of my head:
    I never base an influence of a tweet on the number favourites. There’s far too many people out there trying to win followers by spam-favouriting. Neither do I ask for retweets anymore, too many bots that pick it up and skew my data. If it’s a good tweet, people will share it 🙂

  • Tyler Butler

    Great article! I’ve recently adopted the “reply to everything” approach on the account I manage. Do you have a policy for how to decide who speaks last? My approach has been make the first reply 100% of the time, then, if they continue the conversation, either resolve with one tweet, favourite their tweet, or take the discussion offline if further discussion is needed. Curious about your approach!

    • Great question, Tyler. My method is to reply 100% of the time, then follow up if anything is unresolved – i.e. another question they’ve asked or a joke I just have to reply to. Anything beyond a reply is gravy for me; you’ve got quite the system with favorites, DMs, and offline!

  • Vandziux

    Great post @kevanlee:disqus, thank you 🙂 And I love your advice @mattmuncy:disqus. So many people are still thinking that the quantity will help them to look legit and successful. They keep forgetting that precious engagement factor. Some start ups are even buying fake followers for the same quantity reason. I think there is no point being on social networks if you don’t want to or don’t have time to be social.

    • Longevity and consistency should win out in the long run. I’ve found this is true in a lot of other online ventures, hoping Twitter is the same. 🙂

  • I’ve been on Twitter for 4 years now and just learned what “HT” means. Thanks!

    • I thought it meant Hi There for awhile.

  • Samantha Owens

    I agree that if you have fun, engage with people, build relationships, you won’t have to worry about the number. There are people I follow on Twitter that you can tell they have lots of followers because they engage all the time, and put a lot of time into it.

    I know I might have more if I spent more time on Twitter, but the time I do spend is very fun and gratifying. People on Twitter are pretty great. 😛 A lot of the people I interact with are bloggers, and I tend to think they’re pretty great too 🙂

  • Awesome article!! Thank you!!! =)

  • Efi Mavridou

    Great post @kevanlee:disqus ! I am also “experimenting” with twitter the past months. I did had an account long before but I did not use it regularly, just following some accounts, no tweets.
    I started tweeting about articles I read and found useful. Again zero retweets, no favourites (little number of followers).
    Then one day I thought it would be nice to add some hashtags in my tweets..and out of nowhere my tweets got favourited and retweeted! And I also got some followers through this.
    So, generally the use of hashtags “boosted” my twitter presence. I am curious though how people keep up with relevant content (through hashtags)? (what’s the most common way) Do they search for specific hashtags on twitter or maybe they use some other tool like for example I would like to know if anyone has some thoughts on this

  • Great tips, Kevan. While many believe in the “I’m a celebrity” model on Twitter, some of us believe that if you aren’t willing to interact and follow us why should we follow and be ignored by someone who feels they are “better” than us. There are basically three styles of Twitter user:

    1) Celebrity – follow few and expect others to follow you without reciprocation.
    2) Peer to peer – consider others equals who deserve mutual respect.
    3) A few use it as a private chat they may or may not others listen in on.

    Everything I’ve collected through my years on Twitter is linked from my Twitter Best Practices post at It contains tips for everyone from beginners through paid strategists and social media managers.

  • Esther Mozo

    Great tip on reposting several times a day to catch different time zones. Thanks for pointing it out!

    • Pat Kramer

      I disagree with this one as it comes across as spam, especially if someone has added you to a list or takes a closer look at your profile. Also don’t forget, the world’s language is not English. If you want to engage across the Globe try also other social media or consider creating additional profiles so you can engage at the right time.

  • Many on twitter seem to be rethinking the follow everyone process and only focus on those that matter. Also as you indicated manually composing tweets can bring greater attention.

  • Anika Jaffara

    Hi, @kevanlee:disqus

    Thanks for the knowledge!

    With all of the features and companion tools it can be challenging to uncover the options that support your goals.

    I follow as many people as find interesting and relative. Engaging with everyone who follows, mentions, retweets, or DMs can definitely be a full time-job.

    Thanks for pointing out how helpful lists can be.

    • Anika, you’re right on about Twitter being a full-time job at times!

  • Great article @kevanlee:disqus. I am fairly new to Twitter and just starting to turn the corner on learning how to delivering relevant content to my followers while at the same time getting what I need out of the social network. I have just started using lists and I can see a lot of value in this. However, it seems like it can be very cumbersome to manage. Do you know of any tools that could automate adding followers into certain lists? Maybe by keyword or industry (celebrity, athlete, works in technology, etc) or user defined criteria (such as works for xyz company or lives in abc city). It would be nice to create a list on demand for people categorized as “tech enthusiasts” that live in “chicago” that work for “xyz company.” As people move or switch jobs, they would be automatically added to corresponding lists. Sort of like facebook’s graph search.

    • Hi, Mike! Thanks for the comment. Twit List ( does a form of bulk management, if that would be helpful at all. I’m doing it manually as I like to keep the lists pretty lean.

    • Bruce (@Brudaddy)

      If you have iOS, I recommend the Tweetbot app. Best Twitter app I’ve seen, and very easy to create and add to lists on the fly.

  • I appreciated what you had to say, but almost left the page because of all the pop-ups, some of which came up multiple times, that nagged and distracted me as I tried to read. I would suggest that people who want to tweet this will, since there are many ways to do that without clicking a pop-up. I was all ready to tweet it, but don’t don’t to send anyone to a page with so many pop-ups.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Barbara. I’m sorry for the problems. Was it the newsletter signup form that kept popping up? We definitely don’t want to create a bad environment for reading.

      • I believe it was a blue banner asking me to tweet this. It would pop up in the text — not the sidebar — so it interfered with reading the blog. I personally like to finish reading something before I share it. This banner popped up at least three times and I had to clear it before I could continue reading. The subscribe form to my right as I type this is fine. I might even use it. It doesn’t interfere with reading.

        • Thanks for this, Barbara. I’ll do some testing and see what might be causing the problem. Please get back in touch if it continues for you.

  • Jennifer Adams

    I’m new to Twitter also. I had to join because of a college course. Amazingly, the course didn’t explain any of this stuff!! LOL! It’s nice to know about the lists and to know the purpose of @. Thank you for this information!!

    • There’s no substitute for experience, I guess! Thanks for sharing this perspective, Jennifer.

  • jc46202

    If I retweet you I’m not neceessarily seeking any connection with you. Just as often it means you shared a piece of content in a link that I believe my followers would find valuable. It may be that specific piece of content with which I connect and not you personally. If you Tweet several things over time that I retweet than I start to see you as a valuable source and ultimately follow you and engage with you more.

  • Jason Chesters

    Great post, it made it into my Top 10 posts published this month….

    Well done 🙂

  • A. Deno Vir, MD PhD

    My #1 piece of advice is to add value. If you tweet an article, don’t just tweet the title and link, Modify the title so it’s more interesting, more exciting. Add a little of your own view to the article. Make it so your followers will want to read it and re-tweet you.

  • Iclickinfo Net

    really great post, it is very difficult to check every tweet.

  • I appreciate this article so much Kevan! It’s especially nice to read about someone who is new(ish) to Twitter. I’ve also had an ignored twitter account for years, but recently decided it’s important for my work and I should bite the bullet and tweet. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone, but I’m hoping I’ll warm up to Twitter soon.

    Thank you for your advice. I’ve “swallowed my creative ego” as well and am ready to engage more with others.

  • James Edwards

    I find it ALL very complicated and have resolved to simply enjoy the act of putting something thoughtful out there, interacting with people of the same philosophy and political bent, and LEARNING what can be gleaned from other people’s perspectives and even current events. I’ve been on Twitter for four years – kicked off four times for ‘political posturing’ that did not comply with the ‘TWITTER POLICE’. I think they have stopped the politicizing of Twitter – the ‘owners’ got too much flack! Now, it’s FUN!

  • Superb Article !! Its a nice way to get more info about Twitter, I also suggest read the below Twitter Guide,

    Tips for the Social Marketer Cheat Sheet: Twitter
    This cheat sheet helps you understand how to use Twitter for lead generation, and gives you some quick action items and best practices that you can use in your marketing right away.

  • Vykky

    Hey @kevanlee:disqus when engaging someone directly should we still place the period prior to their name? This was a “thing” over a year ago, but I am still doing it. Any updates?

  • I’ve found that real time marketing works best with Twitter ESPECIALLY with television events like sports or awards shows.

  • scott penton

    follow things your passionate about

  • Gustavo Insaurralde

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks for the clarification about @ replies. I have read about that before, but your exclamation makes it perfectly clear.

  • checkfloor

    how i increase my twitter followers , i tried many things , but it may not work .

  • hr4biotech

    Okay but conversely to: No. 1 Rule of Tweeting: If you want everyone to see your tweet, don’t start it with an @ symbol. what if you DO want to let everyone see your tweet…what is the recommendation there?

    • Thanks for asking! So if you want the tweet to be seen by everyone who follows you, make sure that it starts with a letter or character other than an @ sign. Lots of people use a period before the at, if a direct mention is the first part of the tweet. 🙂

  • Agnes Dadura

    Good points, I still need to make time to check out the “lists” you advocate. Similarly, I have had used twitter from time to time for years, but only recently decided to use it and learn about it more.

  • Read this post because it was linked from your “Big List of 61 Best Social Media Tools” and found it to be a nice little treasure trove. Thanks for writing it!

  • Matthieu Garde

    Hi Kevan
    Great post.

    A good way to engage with others is also the underestimated “favorite” feature.
    Not only a way to keep a record of quality tweets, but also a way to poke someone with a positive attitude. Recicient of the favorite mention is notified and will tend to look at you bio and show interest.

    Works fine!

    • Love this, Matthieu! “Poke someone with a positive attitude!” That’s a great way of putting it. 🙂

  • Vesselina Tasheva

    Great tips, Kevan. Yes, your short bio is descriptive, but still sticky. I really like it. And yes, short bios have a major impact on engagement. That’s why I created Short Bio ( Feedback is appreciated 🙂

  • Great stuff Kevan, thanks for sharing!

    One thing that I find useful is to use third party twitter apps on my (android) cell phone. By default there is the app from Twitter itself but that is very limited in functionality.

    If you’d like to be able to unfollow people for example you’ll need an other app. Fortunately there are plenty to choose from. Right now I use ‘Unfollowers’ and ‘TweetCaster’ in addition to the default Twitter app.

  • My favorite things is the favorite and list functions. I especially need the lists so I can remember where that [email protected] tweet is that I liked so much!

  • Geoff

    Hi Kevan, When I first started using Twitter I was ver intimidated. I also experienced everything you mentioned. I’d also recommend new users not getting caught up reading the so called “experts” tweets because you waste so much time and it can psyche you out and question whether or not you can succeed. The key is to stay true to what your specialty is and tweet content that is valuable. Lastly, craft a great headline to hook the reader. Anyways, really, really, good post.

    Geoff Moore

  • Pollux

    Ugh. Please don’t encourage repeating tweets. I’ve had to unfollow some big names (like Slate and Guy Kawasaki) because their repeats were clogging up my feed. Perhaps there’s a case for very selective repeats, but not all or most as these people do.

  • Tweet Angels

    in twitter follower count is something essential, you need followers in order to get more exposure. if you need some extra followers you can buy them at

  • Alexander Vamp

    Its usually harder for musicians to make friends because everyone thinks you’re just trying to get them to hear your music, while its true we also want to build connections with people, but they dont give us a chance, unless you’re pretty attractive

  • Mehul Pandita

    Can I follow millions of accounts at the same time????

  • Mehul Pandita

    Hey everyone…. do follow me, that includes @Kevan

  • Great article. I’m going to share this with my friends. I love the focus on engagement.

    I wish more people would dig through other’s profile and comment. It feels so much more personal than just listening to the news feed. I’ll normally go back at least a month and comment on things that I appreciate or can be helpful with. I see connecting people together as a great under-used tool on twitter.

    Its interesting to think that @ replies and retweets were not originally part of the ecosystem, but something ‘created’ but the users. A sort of ‘hidden feature’ like that is making a trend is the ‘tweetstorm. Services like storify are leveraging the trend.

    I wrote one on growth hacking here: and I ended up finding 21 bots to report as spammers.

    Sometimes it’s easier to number them like so: (here’ i’m playing around with a sort of found poem structure)

    Here’s and example of one that took off like wildfire:

    • Super interesting! Thanks for sharing, Nicholas!

  • Charli Parkin

    Personally I have found keeping your profile picture the same is a great tip! I pick out tweets I want to read by recognisable images. An image can say a thousand words even if it is only tiny on a smart phone screen.

    Thanks for a great article.

  • swetha

    Kevan, I was wondering how to reach followers of my followers with a particular tweet. Should i tweet to each of my follower individually? That would take a lifetime. What should I do? Please help.

    • Hi! Thanks for the comment! Great question. 🙂 In my experience, I’ve found that a possible perspective to take on this is in reaching a particular niche/topic/crowd rather than specific people, if that makes sense? So perhaps, instead of focusing on followers of followers, you could focus on the topics that your followers are into (and assuming, by extension, that your followers’s followers might be into the same?). For this, hashtags are a great way to join the conversation about certain topics, as well as sharing and replying to influencers in certain industries/niches. 🙂

      • swetha

        Hey Kevan, thanks so much for your prompt reply. It did help a lot and I had kind of guessed too about the hashtag while researching yesterday but was unsure about how to apply it. If you could also kindly explain what would be the best way to popularize your hashtag? Or does it work like keywords on google? We conduct “information sessions” for students and I was wondering if that is a hashtag that is popular also? Please help.

        • swetha

          I found this link helps decide which hashtag to use. May be someone may find it useful. Just sharing what i found.

          • Yep, is a great one! I’d say to maybe find a niche or topic you’re interested in, go to to see which hashtags others are using, then work these into your tweets in a natural way. 🙂

          • is very useful thing. How many times did you think which hashtag to put, and you are not sure is it right for that tweet?

  • Jason Khoo

    I find that Twitter’s compatibility with memes, gifs and vines are perfect. As a millennial who is on Twitter for learning, socializing and some fun, Twitter does a great job with the humorous content!

    I’d say 60% of my tweets are some form of gif or meme. check them out @JasonJKhoo. I don’t have a big following but i have a long list of funny meme tweets

  • Lisa

    Hi I’m new to twitter and noticed that some ppl who are following the same person i am but we not following eachuther has my profile pic on their tweets but not as their profile…do you know how that would happen please

  • My trouble is I don’t give a rat’s bum what other people say, but want to Tweet my articles to people or groups that I know will like them. I was on there once and had a bunch of followers who Tweeted stuff I thought was repulsive. I also don’t need to waste my time following stupid tweets that no one is really reading. I think only a small portion of what Twitter does is worth it. Otherwise it’s a battle to be as witty as you can in two sentences or less and it’s bloody tiring and mindless. No offense to your article which I’m sure is helpful to folks who are interested.

  • Nikkie1968

    Where would I go to find supporters for”GoFundMe” at on Twitter

  • Tyler

    is there a way to not let people see a tweet but still let them follow you?

  • Interesting topic, good advice – but still followers(of high percentage ) are a great deal.

  • Apothika28

    OK, question – I get that when I start a tweet with @ it just goes to them, but what if I write a tweet and then @ some one in the middle or the end – does that change the effect? Great article, btw, thanks so much!

    • Great question! Your tweet will go to everyone if you @-mention someone in the middle or end. All good!

  • Paul Galbraith

    The link to the Twitter Tips ebook is broken? Do you have another way to get it?

  • Thank you for writing this very informative article. I thought you might like to know that the link to the ebook on Twitter tips is no longer valid because the account has apparently been disabled.

    • Susan Walsh

      You are correct, this is still disabled. Perhap, Kevan can post the 30 tips as a blog post?

  • Jason B
  • Kevan,
    thanks for the helpful tips, as a new Twitter user I’m happy to learn from experienced users.
    I’ve also read in another article that images get a higher share/response rate (on average of course) and using one hashtag (#) also increased engagement.
    What’s your experience with in that sense?

  • Kevan,
    thanks for the helpful tips, as a new Twitter user I’m happy to learn from experienced users.

    I’ve also read in another article that images get a higher share/response rate (on average of course) and using one hashtag (#) also increased engagement.

    What’s your experience in that sense?

  • I read this post a year ago and the updates and tips are all great ones that I wish I knew when I started engaging on Twitter too. The follow to follower ratio has always been a subject that interests me. When I got to 2000 users I followed, I had to unfollow and get “F4F” followers to continue to grow my own following. If you are close to breaking through 2K and need some support of follow backs, I recommend #F4F #TFB_Cats or #MGWV

  • Linda Schrier

    I am new to twitter and all I’ve been doing is when I go to a blog and their content is good, I tweet them and if they tweet me back, I answer them. Terrific post for me. It’s a learning experience.

  • Bee’s for our food

    If I follow someone and tweet direct or indirect to them, will their followers see the tweet?

  • @ChrisConwayBC

    #FFS use #Hashtags

  • Thanks so much for this article! It really consolidated a lot of what I have read elsewhere, reinforced any doubts that I had, and gave me some great new things to think about going forward.

    One of the best tips I’ve come across regarding user engagement and growth was to focus on taking at least one positive public action every day. Favorite something, comment on it, and share it!

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  • Lynn

    #7 helped me immeasurably! Thanks a bunch!

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  • hamza4300

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  • Omer Yarkowich

    Great example how re-posting recycling content can be valuable and engaging and attract new followers audience. Well done, it was a great read 🙂

  • Andrew

    First, awesome article…I bookmarked it for reference. The one thing though that I am having a massive dilemma with is what is ideally best, using a personal named twitter profile or a business name one, or to setup both. I have both at the moment, but I’d really like to just have one (for time management sake), and to tweet about business related stuff, but also engage in a more personal discussion with everyone…perhaps relating to not just my site stuff, but things relating to the overall industry I am in, and some other topics that might otherwise not fall in that category (but not talk about what I had for breakfast). Any thoughts on this would be great, or perhaps this could be another article topic…

  • Callum robson

    Great article. The last tip really is a deal breaker, as is truly finding people that are interested in your niche/content you post. I actually started off my account by buying followers.. ( <– if you're interested, only legit place I know). It serves as a nice 'leg up' for those starting, and it makes other people more likely to follow you.

    All in all though, nothing will get you exposure like regular tweeting and a good audience!

  • Sylvia

    Thank you! Kevan I relate to you…I made a personal Twitter account years ago, but had no tweeted at all until recently. Thank you for sharing your tips. Time to write a new bio!

  • Naeme Ife

    Thanks Kevan, this is quite a useful info. Thanks for passing it out.

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  • Greg Wilnau

    Whats the best way for a beginner to approach “building relationships?” I don’t know where/how to even start. I appreciate any feedback 🙂

  • human #1

    is there a way to have twitter not fill my feed with tweet entirely in Arabic?

  • So good! Thanks Kevan. I’m so impressed by the detail you put into this. Great tips on ratios. I’m one that was protecting my F/F ratio – I think I’ll loosen up and follow more!

  • Erica Woods

    Great article, Kevan! Any insights on what % of Twitter messages get read?

  • My “problem” with Twitter is that I don’t want to follow the Rule #1. I think the beauty of Twitter is that you can see everything someone you follow posts (unlike on Facebook, for example). That’s why I only follow around 300 accounts, so that I can keep up with those have to say. That’s what I would call my “first circle”. Second circle is the two lists I made and follow, third circle then is some hashtags I follow.

    This way I can control the information flow better and really take Tweetdeck to its full potential. Also when I use just my mobile, I’ll then see just those 300 accounts from my first circle, and thus I’m being spared from all the clutter and less interesting content that might be on my lists or followed hashtags.

    With active engagement, I’ve managed to get 1.8 followers per followed, which is pretty decent. I’m sure I’d get more followers by following more accounts, but I’d rather keep my main information stream high quality.

  • Jessica Lily

    Hi.. Im a beginner and understood everything good but.. how does someone post a new Tweet with an Emoji ?? in FaceBook you type 🙂 and the smiley comes but how to post an emoji in Twitter???

  • Nick LaRosa

    Curating your own lists is super valuable. For me, having lists for marketing, technology, hockey, local news, etc. is what makes the platform so great. I use Twitter for all my news and setting up about 15 different lists is ideal for me (plus I can then curate, share and retweet content much more easily).

  • Georg

    Great advice, I just started my Twitter account not too long ago and I tried everything to get more follows and interaction and others.. My biggest problem is the block button, I think its a load of crap because it makes me mad when somebody I want to follow pushes that stupid button for no good reason such as voicing a opinion they don’t agree with.. Another main issue I’m having trouble with is when I tweet to others looking to engage in interaction, I’m being ignored and it really angers me… Sometimes these issues caused me to start Twitter rants regarding the issues.

  • On Twitter. I tend to follow those I agree with. Should I follow people who conflict with me and am I limiting my exposure if I don’t?

  • Maggie

    I almost don’t want to type the following, but I am really, really, really new. I need to know how to physically tweet. Example: I’m watching the news on TV and I would like to add my 2 Cents to a story. That’s my starting point. I don’t even know how to figure out how to follow you, even if you will see this or even how to let you know how to get in touch with me. So, just in case I can’t get back to this page, would it be possible to email me at [email protected] to let me know of some website I can find that would give me the absolute BEGINNING? Quality, quantity or followers are not even my vocabulary right now. Thanks. I’ve been trying to figure out how to “log in”, “post”, “share” or whatever the vernacular is. Duhhhh!!!!! HELP!!!

  • I like the idea of setting up a reposting schedule across accounts, to reblog to a set rhythm; but I don’t seem to find a way to create that in Buffer. It appears I can schedule into the future, but I do not see any options for adding reposts, without manually scheduling each one, to the queue. Did I miss it? Or, is that not available through Buffer, just through Co-schedule?

  • Okay, I previously responded asking why I couldn’t do something that is offered by the ‘power scheduler” in the Buffer extension, which I couldn’t seem to find anywhere in the Buffer UI (because I guess it is only available through the extension). So, it exists. But I would love it if “power scheduler” were available in the actual Buffer UI, pretty much the way it is when posting an image through Pablo, but for non-Pablo posts. Unless I missed it somewhere?

  • gjm11653

    I have had a twitter account for a few years and have tweeted less than a dozen times. I find it difficult and unsatisfying. I have tried numerous times to figure it out and enjoy tweeting but it makes no sense. I do facebook and I love facebook. It is easy and enjoyable. It also makes sense and is simple. So, I will keep Tweeter as I have for a few years or so but unless I figure out how it works it will remain worthless to me.

  • gjm11653

    I would like to know and I am serious why would twitter have users if so complicated? It really is because I have and know many with facebook, but none care for Twitter. So clearly there is an issue with using Twitter. You shouldn’t have to go to class or buy a book on using Twitter. Twitter should be self explanatory and once signed in no work necessary to know and away you go. But not so. It remains complicated and more work than fun.

  • Janet Gramza

    Is Buffer free?

  • Ellen

    Really enjoyed this post – i find Klout a really useful tool to help you organise and plan your twitter feed. I also highly recommend getting involved with Twitter chats. Here’s some more advice you may find useful

  • Jorden Lacy

    Thank you for these insights, @Kevan! Very helpful. Going to start testing some out 🙂

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