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How to build relationships on Twitter

September 28th, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 7 Comments

Twitter is not all about you or me

Now a days Twitter is used by everyone from small website owners looking to increase their online visibility to bloggers looking to network with other bloggers to celebrities wishing to connect with their fans.

I achieved a lot from Twitter in terms of building traffic for this blog and establishing connections that I might not have come across if not because of Twitter. I have received 201 visits alone this month via Twitter referral. (Thank you to everyone who promoted me.)

If you’re looking to get the best out of Twitter, there is one important thing that you can do to build a stronger relationships with your followers.

Twitter is not all about You!

You limit your chances of truly connecting with your followers when you constantly promote yourself. No one wants to follow someone with narcissistic tendencies.

Send out useful links to sites other than your own; provide insight into important blogging topics, and connect with your followers. Initiate a conversation when opportunity arises.

Now everyone is entitled to use Twitter however they like. I certainly cannot tell you what to do, but what I have learned is that Twitter isn’t about ‘me’ or merely about ‘you.’

Would you follow someone who over tweets their products or community in almost every single Tweet and if you are following them ask yourself why? What value do they bring to your tweet stream?

In regards to initiating conversation:

#Blogchat is a great place to initiate conversation with Twitter users. Those participating in Blogchat are interested in hearing your opinion on blogging. If you don’t know what Blogchat is, please see my post ‘How to Participate in Blogchat on Twitter.’

Your Take on Twitter Relationships

What approach are you taking in building relationships on Twitter? Do you have any comments about my opinion? If you follow me on Twitter do you know who I am by looking at my username in your Twitter stream?

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7 responses so far ↓

  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Sep 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I guess the question I have is, “How well do Twitter visits translate into repeat blog visits?”

    The reason I ask is that I’ve had “surges” of visitors to my Haw Creek site and Exit78 several times from StumbleUpon. Yesterday, for instance, I had over 600 visits from there, yet the click-through on ads and the revenue dropped. I’m sure that most of those visitors moved on after a quick 3 second look.

    I suspect the same might be true of visitors from Twitter.

  • Weight Loss Coach
    Wrote: Sep 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    So True! I was just telling my wife about Twitter. She sent out her first tweet last night. I call it the party principle (Stole that from Perry Belcher!). Social Media is like a big party. No one wants to hang out with the a** who just talks about their business at the party. The time to talk business is at your house (blog) after you’ve created the relationship and they seem genuinely interested.

    Justin Kunst


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    So true Justin. Looking forward to connecting with your wife as well.

  • Davina Haisell
    Wrote: Sep 30, 2010 at 12:24 am

    75% of my interaction on Twitter is simple, fun chit-chat. I do promote a lot of other people’s links and some of my own. My pet peeve is when you’re following folk who are following you and they don’t acknowledge when you tweet with them. After a period of that I usually unfollow them. I figure, what’s the point of following if they’re not talking?


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    That is why my follow number is lower than those following me.

  • Patricia@lavenderuses
    Wrote: Sep 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Don’t know how I missed this post Rose! I have wondered how you all get into blogchat. Have seen it come up on Twitter but didn’t know how to participate. Will go check out your post on it.
    And I so agree that Twitter is not all about me. I enjoy RT posts from fellow bloggers that I found helpful and interacting with other tweeters.
    Patricia Perth Australia


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    I hope you’ll join us Sunday.