4 Easy Ways to Engage Your Followers On Twitter

We have heard many times how important it is to engage your followers on Twitter, especially if you are trying to build community as a blogger. If you are new to Twitter, this sounds like gibberish! Even for some of us more seasoned Tweeple it can be hard to find time to engage with those who are following us. I have three simple ways you can engage your followers in just a few minutes a day.

You need a list first

Before we get into the simple ways to engage, the first thing you need to do is make a list. How to do this varies depending on if you are using the website or a third party client.

  • On the website:
    You will see “Lists” on the right hand side of your homepage. In that area there is a “new list” link. When you click on that, it gives you a window to name your list, add a description and set it to public or private. You can then add people to the list by going to your following or followers page. I would use the followers list for this particular list (note: it can NOT be called following).
  • There are so many clients out there, I won’t go into any of them for the sake of brevity.

Once you have created this list, you can use it to filter down to just those you added. You can click on the link to this list on the website or added it to your client as a separate column. Now on to the easy stuff!

Engage!

  1. @replies
    When you see that a follower has tweeted an great blog post, quote, etc send them an @reply to compliment them on that tweet. You can tell them how it helped you out, made you smile…something with VALUE. I’d not send a simple “great tweet”. That’s about as engaging as getting a blog comment that says only “great post”!
  2. RT
    When a follower tweets something that you believe other followers might find interesting, retweet it! Its pretty exciting to see retweets when they first start coming. If you can add a comment or reaction to the retweet, do so. This will let the original poster know you actually read what they put up.
  3. Follow Friday
    A lot of people say Follow Friday is dying, but it seems to simply be evolving. This is where each Friday, you send a list of people you recommend others follow. However, lets do this is a better way! Give a comment on each one if you are doing this via Twitter and don’t forget to add #FF, #followfriday or any other variation of this hash tag.
    If you blog, you could also do your recommendations in a blog post and then tweet it with the hash tags. This will give you plenty of room to extol each persons greatness.Β  Its also good for a list post, which we all know tend to be popular with readers.
  4. Thank them.
    The easiest way to let your followers know you value them is when you catch them retweeting something from you or adding you to their Follow Friday lists. Thank them. Seriously, Direct Message or @reply with a simple thank you. It will make an impression on them. Just be consistent with this. You can make it a once a week round up, or do several at a time a few times a day. No matter how you chose to thank them, they will remember you (in a good way).

There you have it–four very simple ways to engage with your readers that you can do in a 10 or 15 minute time span. You may even want to set aside a few 15 minute time blocks to work these points so its not so overwhelming.

What do you do to engage your Twitter followers? Is there an awesome way you find works every time? Share your tips in the comments πŸ™‚

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  • I would like to take a minute to say thank you to Gauntam for this opportunity. This is my first guest post ever, so getting it online has made me a very happy bloger.

    I look forward to responding to communities comments!
    .-= Gurl´s last blog ..6 Easy Strategies to Quit Putting off Important Discussions =-.

    • Love to have you here. Great guest article, and with it you bring a whole new perspective. Best of luck!
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      • Thanks for the kind words πŸ™‚ Looking forward to possibly doing more posts here πŸ™‚
        .-= Gurl´s last blog ..Movie Night! =-.

  • These tips are on point. Thanks for sharing.

    I RT frequently. I also say Thank You to each person who’s kind enough to RT me, mention me for a follow, or engage me in a civil manner.

    Keep the engagement going at all times. The more you interact with fellow tweeters the more they will interact with you. Combine frequent engaging with content-based tweeting and you’ll grow quite the following. The idea is to be human. People loves humans….they hate bots πŸ˜‰
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..6 Cash Gifting Red Flags =-.

    • You are dead on as well. I have found my following growing slowly but surely as I put more emphasis on sharing things I find on sources other than my own blog.

      Being human is the major key to successful engagement on any platform. If we wanted to talk to a robot, we’d dial an 800 number πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your observations πŸ™‚

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  • Hi Jen,
    First off, congratulations on your first guest post. You should do more. It allows you to stretch your wings a little and write stuff that doesn’t fit your own blog.

    Your advice here is great. I use the list function and basically add people I’ve enjoyed tweeting with or people who’ve caught my eye in the main time line. It’s much easier to see what folk are up to this way.

    And then I just talk to people as I would do offline. If several people have RT my stuff, I’ll thank them altogether. It can look spammy otherwise. But where people made a comment to the RT, I try to follow up with that.

    Well done again and thank you.
    Eleanor

    • Hey, El.
      Thanks for coming by and for the kind words of encouragement.

      Its good to see you already have the list thing going. Makes staying connected so much easier. Then talking to them like you would off line just serves to keep it real. I knew you had it goin on big time, and now I can see some of the why’s πŸ™‚

      I really do appreciate you stopping by, El. Not sure where, when or what of my next foray into guest posting, but I am sure I will do it again soonish.
      .-= Gurl´s last blog ..Spreadsheets equal increased blog productivity =-.

      • I should perhaps have added a warning to my comment though because talking to folk on Twitter and getting to know them like how I might do offline can get pretty addictive. I’ve gotten to know friends on Twitter (including your lovely self Jen) who I genuinely count as friends and yet have never met them off-line. I have family members who think that’s pretty odd πŸ˜‰
        .-= Eleanor Edwards´s last blog ..How to write a community post =-.

        • Awww.. thanks El πŸ™‚ Twitter is hugely addictive once you have people you converse with regularly! Maybe IT should come with a warning? πŸ˜‰

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  • intel_chris

    Nice simple things to do. I have a variation on one of yours that I like to do. When I first start following a person, I RT them to introduce my other readers. I often do this to people I’ve met through followfriday. And, yes, I do try and look at everyone recommended to me on a followfriday. So, if someone puts me on a followfriday, before I RT it. I check out all the other people on the list. The ones I especially like, I introduce to my other readers with a RT of something they wrote. I do the same thing when approaching someone I haven’t talked to in a while. I’ll find something of theirs to RT before sending them a DM or an @ message. That helps them remember what it is in their stream I particularly like. After all, it is what they tweeted that got me to follow them in the first place.bbbbbb

    • That’s a great tip, especially when it has been a while since one has chatted the person up. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • I have been ignoring my Twitter accounts for a few weeks now, still trying to figure out Hootsuite – but I plan to change that and creating lists is a great idea. I have used Twitter for a little over a year now and with all the self promotion going on it’s hard to get a tweet in edgewise! But I have found some quality people through Twitter and unlike Facebook it’s a pretty straight application.
    I always re-tweet my fellow Blog engage brothers and sisters, useful things my followers will actually read. Stuff like your guest post, way to go Gurl!
    .-= Dick´s last blog ..A Picture is Worth a ThousandΒ Comments! =-.

    • I found HootSuite to be pretty easy, other than the fact I have to remember to pick which service I want it to post to unless I hit retweet from one of my columns. Hope you get it figured out soon!

      There are a handful of people I have met purely online that I have amazing interaction with on twitter. I also get some great information there, so its a total win/win for me thanks to Tweetdeck and lists πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I appreciate your kind words πŸ™‚

  • Good solid advice. And a couple of the comments bring up another good tip…

    IGNORE THE STREAM… Look at your favorite tweeters first, then the next bigger list, etc. and act on those things that inspire you to act first (RT, TY, etc.). BEFORE wading into the stream.

    Once your twitter following is above a 1000 or so just trying to follow the stream will suck all your time away and become counterproductive unless you have several lists and make it easy to be efficient.

    • Great advice! I’ve been ignoring the stream since about 3 days into actively using Twitter. I’d get scan-tired before I got to posts by people I cared about…if that makes sense. Though I respect ALL of my followers, so just naturally mean more to me than others.

      Thanks for your input πŸ™‚
      .-= Gurl´s last blog ..7 Awesome Tweeple To Follow =-.

  • Make sure you return the favor to your followers, don’t act like a celebrity and engage with your followers, use humor in small doses — this has been my twitter mantra of success so far…
    .-= TechChunks´s last blog ..Twitter Launches β€˜Blackbird Pie’: Generate Fresh-baked Tweets to Embed in Your Blog Posts =-.

    • Great tips! My apologies for taking so long to reply… been crazy with preparations for exam week here! I especially try to use a bit of humor OR a quick tip type of tweet from time to time. Thanks for adding your tips to the discussion.

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  • Really great tips.

    Especially you’ve told about RT and @replies which many people won’t refer while talking about Twitter. These tools keep twitter social.
    .-= Roshan Ahmed´s last blog ..Mturk: Get paid for completing small tasks =-.

    • Hi Roshan,
      Thanks for your comment. Those two methods of communicating on Twitter are definitely the best ways to stay social there. Hope your week is going well!
      .-= Gurl´s last blog ..The Asylum Report Card: May 2010 =-.

  • Thanks for your great tips! Sometimes, i really do not know how to engage with my followers in Twitter. You have given me a clear message about this. Keep it on! πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad it helped you. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that it was helpful πŸ™‚

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  • thx 4 sharing this tips with us dear πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for writing this article! I hope people listen about Follow Friday

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