My last blog post received a lot of great feedback, especially my theory on F.R.E.E. and how it applies to using Twitter. I felt that it would be appropriate if I elaborated.
F. – F is for follow. I often think how Twitter is comparable to an ant farm. Without the ants there are not going to be any tunnels built to connect with other parts of the farm, but once you introduce ants into the ant farm they begin building connection tunnels almost immediately. In order for you to move on to the next step in social networking, you need to have people who follow you and the easiest way for this to happen is to follow them first. Follow people who are active in the field you enjoy most. Follow people who are in your area and most importantly, follow people that are fun!
R. – R is for retweet. Retweeting is when you repost a tweet that one of your followers posted. When you do retweet make sure that you give credit to the person who tweeted it first. This way if you are not connected with them, you have a potential way to gain another follower and expand your network.
E. – E is for engage. Society and business are slowly becoming aware of how beneficial, and at the same time, devastating Social Media can be. Engaging your followers is important because it shows that you are human and have experiences. So, when someone posts that they are eating at a new restaurant in town, ask them how the food was. If someone is going on a plane flight, inquire about how the flight was. In other words, ask questions!
E. – E is for entertain. Probably one of the most important factors about Twitter is that just like anything else, if it isn’t fun, why use it? Post content that you find entertaining and feel that your followers will enjoy. Just remember that you don’t know all of your followers on a personal basis and some things that you may find hilarious, may offend others.
All in all, your experience with Twitter is your own and no one can tell you the right or wrong way to go about using Twitter. What you need to decide, is what you want to take away from Twitter.