Image via CrunchBaseWe all know Twitter is an exciting, cool, and extremely profitable social network. Millions of people are now using Twitter to talk about all sorts of things. You might say it's a site for those who can't stop talking! But there are also common mistakes that many new users make on Twitter. Try and watch out for these in your early days of Twitterdom, so that you don't fall into bad habits.....
First thing to check: Is it your own picture on your account? Most new users don't post their real picture. They often use cartoon pictures, company logos, or their pet's pictures. Although the pictures are quite cute, most Twitter users will appreciate a real picture of you. When you post your true picture on Avatar, others will think that you're real and that you're confident enough to let others see you. If you're going to upload a photo, choose the ones where you give a beautiful smile. A smile can easily brighten the day of others.
Sending direct messages automatically through the AutoDM; direct messages are often impersonal and pushy. If you send this type of messages, you can lose your followers. SocialOomph is another tool that sends automatic messages. When you use these tools, messages are automatically sent to those who follow you. A message saying "thanks for following me" is fine but sending automated messages promoting your business or product is not a good idea and most people will just frown at them.
Do you have any followers? If you want to have followers, you need to follow people or you can at least create an interesting profile page. You can get followers by regularly posting updates. If you keep on following people and yet you don't make updates on your page, you can't get enough followers.
The 140-character tweets should be used to answer the Twitter question. Answering that question once a day may be enough to let others know that you're interested in the community. You can post what you're doing for the day or where you plan to go for the night. Tweets are great for starting conversations. You can also re-tweet other users or send them comments.
Check your numbers regularly. It's not good to follow many people when you have very few individuals following you. Try to achieve balance. Make sure that the one you follow will also follow you back and you should also appreciate the ones who follow you. This is the easiest way to make friends on Twitter.
Use tools like Tweetdeck so that you don't need to stay online all the time. Through this application, you can divide your followers into groups. Now, you can easily track them especially when they send direct messages and replies.
If you keep on promoting your business all the time, everyone will "unfollow" you. No one likes a person who talks about his business or product most of the time. You must learn to respect others. As you may have forgotten, Twitter is a social network.
You must learn how to communicate and build good relationships before you start bombarding them with promotions. Even if you already have a god list of leads, it is still not a good idea to barrage them with promotions. Promotional tweets should be sent in limited numbers only.
These are the common mistakes committed by new and old tweeters. Take note of them and don't commit the same mistakes.