5 Ways To Build Your Twitter Profile, While Relieving The Stress of Bad Grammar on Facebook.
First of all, do Twitter posts with incorrectly used or misspelled words annoy the heck out of you? Although you can’t edit Twitter, it’s surely inexcusable on Facebook!
Does the constant mixing of words like “loose” and “lose” bring your “grammar nazi” to the fore, with a rush of blood? Or when people confuse “definitely” with “defiantly”? OMG!!!! And let’s not start on another, like “their, there, and they’re.”
Do you curb your inner editor and “let it go through to the keeper”, as they say in cricket, or are you compelled to try and put them straight?
Here’s how Twitter can save your Facebook friendships, while you build your profile.
1. Write your reply.
1. Write a clever reply (not more than 100 characters), and cut it. Then share the Facebook post to Twitter, with your reply pasted as the lead in to the Facebook link, in your tweet. Why Twitter?
Who is going to see it, in the frantic timeline that is Twitter? For a start, possibly more people than you might think, and the empathy wave will be very satisfying. You are almost bound to get several retweets or replies, especially with a well chosen #hashtag!
2. Breathe! Relax!
2. Breathe! Mission accomplished. As an immediate result, you will begin to relax and feel your sense of frustration and angst dissipate. Getting your frustration out, without vulgarity or crassness, is a highly positive way to discharge negative energy. Preserving friendships is important and there is a world of difference between Twitter and Facebook.
3. Preserve your Facebook friendships, by deflecting your angst to a different platform.
3. Preserve your Facebook friendships. You have expressed your angst or frustration, and neither invited turmoil by commenting on a post Facebook, nor put an iceberg in the way of someone else’s ship passing in the night on your timeline.
It’s a far better strategy than getting into a series of tit-for-tat comments on a post which probably has little strategic value in your own online profile and reputation.
Many Facebook users have little to do with Twitter, and don’t understand its value in sharing your own posts and how hashtags can bring you new Twitter followers.
4. Use a hashtag with your Twitter audience in mind.
4. Use a hashtag, but first think about your Twitter audience. Which audience do you want to attract on Twitter, as followers? With whom do you want to interact, to build your own profile.
Are you wanting to be “smart” (aka snarky) or you can be clever with both your tweet and your hashtag.
Like luring this yabbie I saved in the middle of a drought, luring your lurking Twitter followers to where you can interact with them needs the right bait, and lots of patience.
#amwriting is always a good one. It speaks to other writers, and to readers who will be curious about what you are writing.
#grammar” is definitely provocative – but it’s good for inviting interaction and you will find many other tweets with the same hashtag, and you will probably learn a thing or two, yourself.
Interact with those Tweeters. You will find some new followers.
With so few characters to use, your creativity will become more finely tuned, and your regular Tweets (which are virtual headlines anyway) will be better crafted. It’s great for your SEO.
5. Learn how to cast your bait, to go fishing on Twitter.
5. Twitter is a moving feast and you need to cast your bait, your lure, into the stream many times before you catch a big fish. Consequently, your need to learn which bait works best for your Twitter followers.
Keep a copy of the tweet, change the words around, and repost the new one, with the same hashtags, four or five times over the next few days, at different times.
Happy Fishing! I hear #fishing is a great stress reliever in its own right. If reading this post brings you up from the depths to take our bait, please give us a retweet. You can follow Lesley Dewar on Twitter, too.