Twitter Part 2: How to Make Friends and Influence Tweeters

Another Friday, another session in the digital classroom that is Author 101, the class for authors who love to learn and are learning to love Twitter.

If you did your homework last week, you’re already signed up for Twitter and have been observing some of the brilliant shenanigans that go on there. So tell us, how was your first day in school? Did you make any new friends? Did people ask you to join in their #KickballGame?

It’s okay if you’ve been a bit of a wallflower so far, don’t feel bad! Not everyone takes to Twitter as easily as Uncle Randy, #squirrels is a surprisingly popular hashtag!

Much like walking into a room full of strangers for the first time, being new to Twitter can be overwhelming with so many tweets popping up in all directions. It can feel like being in the middle of a town square with that one guy standing on the milk crate with a bullhorn shouting about his conspiracy theory that the Kardashians are really band of evil alien overlords sent to destroy us (pretty far-fetched…or IS IT?!).  But don’t be that guy! Use this opportunity to engage with people about your Kardashian Konspiracy Theories by talking to them using our very favorite applications on Twitter: the RT (or retweet) function and the @ (reply) function.  These two functions also have the benefit of being ways to participate in Twitter without having to generate content if you’re feeling uninspired.

Retweet (RT)

This is the easiest way to provide some content for your own followers and give someone else a digital high five without doing much of anything. Someone you’re following tweets something funny/ smart/ poignant? Retweet it and share it with your own followers. People love getting retweeted as it’s a sign that your Twitter followers are listening to you, rather than your tweets going out into the cold, dark void of the internets. You can also do this if you’re totally brain-dead.

Reply (@)

If you are slightly less brain-dead, you can reply to a Tweet and add something to the conversation. E.g. @UncleRandy I agree, taxidermy squirrels look much better in my Art Deco sitting room than I would have thought.

Go on then, talk amongst yourselves! Or better yet, talk to us @GirlFridayProd.