So, how do you connect on Twitter and is it important? I’ve had a Twitter account since June of 2010. Like many longtime advocates of Twitter, I’ve lamented the evolution of Twitter from a place to find like-minded souls and carry on conversations to just another social media marketplace. But wait; is it Twitter or The user? I believe it’s a little bit of both. On the one hand, it is more salesy than it was fourteen years ago, but on the other hand, one can still have great conversations if one knows where to look and what to do. Here are six examples of how to start a conversation on Twitter.

How to Connect on Twitter  

Join Twitter Chats 

There are Twitter chats for almost any topic under the sun. Regardless of your passion – there’s a chat. My favorite is  #DigiBlogChat. Every Tuesday at 4:00 EST, Carol Stephens and Larry Mount ask about blogging, social media, marketing, and more. I’ve never met my fellow DBC friends, F2F, but they are friends. It’s like the old days when I first learned that social media is IRL (in real life), so if you want to find that Twitter conversation sweet place like the old days, then search for a chat and jump in.

Respond 

Thank people for retweets but take it further by continuing conversations. Rather than stopping at “Thanks for the RT,” share additional information or ask the retweeter a question such as, “What did you take away from the post?”

Here’s one I’ve gotten away from, conversing with new followers. Don’t just thank them for the follow; also, ask them a question or make a comment based on their bio. For example, “I see you’re a gardener, flowers, veggies, or both?”

Ask Questions

It can be as simple as, “Share one word that describes your day?” I tweeted this question recently, and several people replied, to which I continued the conversation based on their answers.  Seek advice like, “What would you do?” or “What are your thoughts?”

Share Quotes

Here’s another one I’ve gotten away from. I post a morning quote five days a week. The same old boring quotes may work, but if you write, simply scan your work for usable quotes. For example, I’ve published two books on leadership and hundreds of blog posts, so I have a steady supply of leadership quotes to share. Most of my #leadership tweets gained RTs and likes, to which I’d comment, hoping to begin a conversation on one of my favorite topics. No more old boring quptes from me for a while.

Post Images

Twitter might not be as image-driven as Instagram, TikTok, or FaceBook, but photos and videos make a difference. Finished product, behind the curtain, and featured customers all attract a crowd. And GIFs can be fun and funny.

Don’t Be Square Be There to Share

To connect on Twitter retweet, reply, and like, but do more than that, be a conversation starter. Ask questions, make comments, and add to the conversation. One of the keys to this is staying connected and involved. With the trends toward increased automation, I’ve talked to marketers who don’t look at their Twitter feeds for days. It’s difficult to be part of the conversation if you’re not in the room.  So, there’s the bottom line. If you want to start a Twitter conversation you can’t leave it all up to IFTTT (If This Then That). If you do, who will you have to converse with?

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