100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User

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CNNFortune reported 100 million Twitter users log in to use the app at least once a month. Half of those, 50 million, log in every day. About 55% check in on mobile devices, while about 40% just check in without actually tweeting.

Those numbers are huge for anyone who’s marketing online. But that’s not all.

Thirty-four percent of marketers who use Twitter have generated leads from its use…with 20% of those closing deals.

But how do you take advantage of this growing audience of Twitter consumers? You have to become a power user. So, here are 100 proven tips to help you do just that.

To make it easier for you to follow along, I’ve broken them up into 10 sections, each containing 10 tips.

10 Reasons why Twitter power users are so influential

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At the end of this article, I’ve listed my top ten most influential power users. But before you skip down to see who they are, let me show you why they are so influential in the first place.

In an older study released by Exact Target, Jeff Bullas pointed out:

  • Seventy-two percent of power users publish a blog post once a month.
  • Seventy percent comment on other blogs.
  • Sixty-one percent write at least one product review a month.
  • Sixty-one percent will leave comments on news sites.
  • Power users are six times more likely to guest post.
  • Five times more likely to run a blog.
  • Seven times more likely to post to Wikis.

Here are three other stats on Twitter that power users should think about:

Moral of the story: Twitter power users are not influential simply because they tweet. They are usually content creators online. In other words, their influence spreads as they publish consistently.

10 Twitter tools that’ll make you more effective and efficient

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To become the most efficient and effective Twitter power user, you have to use the right tools so you can get the most visibility.

  • Buffer – If you tend to do all your tweeting in bursts, you are probably losing some traffic. Use Buffer, and you’ll have a more balanced tweeting schedule throughout the day.
  • TweetWally – This is a great tool to help you search for relevant tweets or hash tags, build a presentation (or “wall”) of these tweets and then share them. It’s great for teachers or researchers as well as a power user’s blog.
  • Tweriod – Use Tweriod to see when you tweet and when your friends tweet. Then tweet during those times to increase engagement.
  • StrawberryJ.am – This Twitter tool in beta does one simple thing: it analyzes all of your followers’ tweets, boils them down and shows you the most shared links. You can use this information to spot trends and blog and tweet ideas.
  • Twitsprout – This robust Twitter analytics tool is easy to use. It is endorsed by big media like Mashable and Fox News. It gives you the relevant competitive intelligence all in one location and allows you to take that information anywhere. You can enroll 3 Twitter accounts or fewer for free.
  • Proxlet – Here’s what Robert Scoble had to say about Proxlet: “one of the best things I’ve found lately is @proxlet — lets you filter Tweets in Google Chrome. Get rid of Paper.li spam!” You can also block apps, mute users and filter hash tags.
  • BackTweets – This little analytic tool, recently acquired by Twitter, allows you to track everyone who has shared your content.
  • Tweepi – If you are following too many people and want to clean up the mess, then Tweepi can help you. It flushes the unfollowers, cleans up the inactives and nudges you to follow new users.
  • Twilerts – Receive emails when you, your product, your brand or your business is mentioned on Twitter. Sign up and create filters, and you can stay on top of your reputation management game. It’s like Google Alerts for Twitter.
  • ChittyChat – Get a room. That’s ChittyChat’s slogan, and it offers Twitter users the chance to engage in a conversation in “private,” allowing you to communicate directly with them instead of using “mentions.”

Generate more retweets using these 10 tips

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A retweet is that little reward that says somebody liked what you shared. But what makes people retweet? Here are some practical ways that will get you more retweets.

  • Tweet something humorous - Over 84% of retweets tend to be something funny. Whether you are making fun of a celebrity or yourself or sharing a funny picture, there’s a good chance it will get retweeted.
  • Ask - I wouldn’t abuse this, but if you occasionally end your tweet with “plz retweet” you are likely to get some retweets.
  • Don’t use the least retweeted words - Dan Zarrella explains what the 20 least retweetable words are so you can avoid them.
  • Time your tweets – Getting more retweets happens when the highest number of people see it. That’s why you have to remember that 48% of Twitter users are in EST and that 6% of all retweets occur at 5 PM. Keep in mind that Wednesday is the best day to tweet.
  • Share quotes – It seems that people love witty quotes and like to RT them. What’s nice about quotes is that you don’t have to think them up. Somebody has already done the work for you.
  • Add links – Dan Zarella in his The Science of the Retweets pointed out that nearly 19% of all tweets contained a link. What’s interesting is that nearly 57% of retweets contained a link. People like to RT links…so tweet links.
  • Pay for RTs – A tool like reTweet.it gives you the option to buy retweets. Pay $10 and you can get 10 RTs…$20 will get you 80…and $40 can give you 200. But Lauren Dugan argues it might not be a great idea. I also am not a big fan of it, but what do you think?
  • Mention a high profile Twitter user in your tweet – Write a tweet in which you say something about another user, and they may RT it. For example, tweet, “Hey, @neilpatel, KISSmetrics is a fantastic tool. I love it!” and I just might RT it.
  • Use simple words – The average number of syllables in a retweet is 1.62. It seems that people prefer simple tweets to complex ones when it comes to retweeting.
  • Use hash tags – I’ll explain below the science behind hash tags, but it’s enough to say right here that about a million to two million tweets include hash tags…meaning your tweets are more likely to be seen if you include a hash tag, thus generating more retweets.

10 healthy habits of Twitter power users

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You might think that power users are slogging it out on Twitter for 18 hours a day. That’s simply not true. They have habits like the rest of us, and they are healthy ones that you should copy.

  • Schedule social media time – Twitter power users don’t stay on Twitter all the time. In fact, they’ve created a schedule based upon their routine. Maybe you tweet in the morning, at lunch, during breaks and in the evenings. Use a timer to keep you from spending all of your time on Twitter.
  • Use Twitter to track news – Power users have learned that they can get the best and most relevant news by simply looking at their Twitter stream. This saves them from having to watch the TV or read newspapers.
  • Share content across platforms – You can improve your influence on tweets by sharing content across different social sites, drawing people from Facebook or Instagram to Twitter, for example.
  • Split time with social sites – One thing about using social sites like Twitter is that you don’t get to take the content. A smart Twitter power user recognizes this and doesn’t invest all of his or her social capital in Twitter but includes other sites as well. It’s okay…Twitter won’t mind.
  • Know your audience – Avoid sharing content that your followers will not find interesting, relevant or useful…and avoid sharing content that is too popular or has been shared multiple times in other places. Show your followers that you are on the cutting edge.
  • Tweet the same content more than once – Twitter power users also know that it’s okay to submit the same post more than once since not all followers would have seen it the first time. And it’s not necessary to say, “In case you missed it.” Just tweet it.
  • Use Google Reader – Or any RSS reader for that matter. Create folders for different content topics so that you can scan for relevant headlines quickly to share.
  • Attend Tweetups – Get out from behind your desk every month and go hang out with local people during a Tweetup. Better yet, set one up yourself every month. And when you are traveling, ask if anybody wants to meet up for drinks.
  • Tweet like a madman during events – When you attend a conference, break your regular tweeting schedule and tweet like a madman. This will make you the go-to person who seems to know what’s going on.
  • Mingle without tweeting – Great power users know how to meet people face to face while resisting the urge to tweet every ten minutes. If you can’t fight the urge…excuse yourself, go to the restroom and tweet. But make sure the other person isn’t on Twitter, too.

10 iPad apps for Twitter users

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From my experience, Twitter power users are usually heavy users of technology. So, it’s no surprise they own an iPad. But which iPad apps should you use? Well, here are ten to help you decide.

  • Twitter for iPad – This is the first choice for obvious reasons…since it is the official app from Twitter. It has every possible Twitter feature you can think of and includes multi-layers that allow you to open profiles and URLs.
  • Twitterlator – This app is cool because of the in-line photos from your friends’ tweets and a full view of chat sessions. However, the app doesn’t fill the 9.7 inch display of the iPad, so it seems small…especially at $4.99.
  • Twitepad – Twitepad is an app that uses the multi-column approach that TweetDeck uses, but the UX is a little different as well as the tools for posting and organizing your feeds. It costs $1.99.
  • Tweetings HD – This is a great app like TweetDeck but with one major flaw…you can’t click on a link in the timeline. You have to click on the tweet, which opens in a new pane, and then you can click on the link. That’s a pain…and is it worth $3.99?
  • Osfoora HD – This app is great because it fills the entire iPad screen and is elegant to look at and use. Along with the features you might expect, it also includes Instapaper to save content to read later. It’s only $2.99.
  • Twitterific – It’s a great Twitter app for the iPad, and it provides some features its competitors don’t, e.g., clickable links and profiles in the main stream. Its free version is basic, but you can upgrade for $4.99.
  • Flipboard – This app is perfect for consuming information but doesn’t come even close to being as robust as the other apps on this list, lacking many of the advanced features like geo location or engaging followers in Flipboard. But the good news is, it is free.
  • Echofon Pro – This is a great app for the iPhone, and it is equally great for the iPad, providing everything that makes an app great plus a feature that allows you to respond to multiple tweets with one reply. Whether that’s worth $4.99, you’ll have to decide.
  • Twitrocker – You’ll have to shell out $4.99 for this app, but it’s worth it. You get all the best features, plus your login is stored on Twitter OAuth rather than in the app, and you get an “unread” feature on your lists. Download the free Lite version to see if you like it.
  • TweetDeck – This free app is probably the best Twitter app across any platform—iPad, iPhone, Mac, or PC. But what makes it really stand out is its ability to allow you to swipe between columns, speeding up access to DMs, replies, lists and search lists.

10 Ways to be more interesting on Twitter

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Nobody wants to follow a boring Twitter user. The cool thing about Twitter is you don’t have to always create interesting content…you just have to know how to share it!

  • Be bold – First things first. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts, opinions, ideas and your life on Twitter. I don’t recommend sharing what you ate for lunch…unless it’s something bizarre. Bad morning? Share it, but do it with a twist that shows people something unusual.
  • Post less – While interesting people do tend to have a lot to say, sharing every single thing on your mind or what you come across on the web will push away some followers.
  • Flesh out your profile – Your Twitter bio is a great place to show how interesting you are. Make a list of the things you love and hate. Explain what you did in the past, what you are doing now and what you want to do in the future. Whatever it is, share it. Do not have an empty bio.
  • Use the 1/9 tweet rule – Most people use Twitter to promote. If that’s you, get in the habit of sharing 9 posts not about you or your business for every post about you or your business. This way you don’t spam people.
  • Share your opinions – I love to follow and read other people’s opinions, seeing how they think and what makes them so interesting. Do the same thing, and you will come across as somebody with real depth.
  • Write a blog – Twitter is great for sharing sound bites, but sometimes there are days when you need to expand on that sound bite. For example, tweet that you are angered by Google’s new privacy policy and then direct your followers to the blog post you wrote about the topic.
  • Share links – A great way to show people you have depth is to share with them what you are reading. You don’t have to focus on one topic. You can share things about your hobbies, photography, dogs, iPhones and politics. The right followers will pick up on it.
  • Ask questions – Although this is an old one, it must still be mentioned. Sharing a link alone is interesting, but sharing a link and asking a question about it gets people to actually participate in the discussion with you. Plus, people find it interesting when you ask for their opinions.
  • Share pictures – Using either yfrog, Instagram or Twitpic, post pictures on Twitter that you take throughout the day. Post pics when you are at an event or traveling to a new country. And, most importantly, avoid sharing pictures that are tasteless.
  • Share videos – I’ve found this to be one of the best ways to engage my followers. I guess people love to watch videos…

10 ways to maximize Twitter usage to promote your events

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If you do event marketing, host a local conference/tweetup or speak at conferences, leveraging Twitter can get you great exposure. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Create a hash tag for the event – A hash tag is nothing more than a string of characters with a hash mark # before. Think #socialmedia or #Pubcon. If you want to learn more, you can use these tools to find the best hash tags, but keep in mind that just because you create a hash tag for your event or session doesn’t mean it will work. McDonald’s learned that the hard way.
  • Create a Twitter icon on the event website or page - If you have a dedicated website or web page for the event or your speech, put a Twitter icon there to encourage people to start following you.
  • Include Twitter icons on event registration pages - Make sure your Twitter event and hash tag promotion continues through all of your interior pages, including your registration pages and the “thank you for registering” page.
  • Include Twitter profiles for speakers of the event – Put Twitter profiles next to bios of all of your event speakers so that people can start to follow them too. It’s never too early to start promotion of your event.
  • Include Twitter icons in promotion emails – You should include your Twitter profile and the hash tag for the event in all emails you send out. This goes for any marketing material, whether it is online or offline.
  • Embed a Twitter feed – On your event site or speaker page, embed a Twitter widget that streams all of the tweets/hash tags from the event. Then encourage people to start tweeting, using the hash tag before the event starts to generate interest and excitement in the event.
  • Create a contest to drive retweets for the event - Contests should include some sort of a prize for the best tweet and most tweets. Tell event goers to tweet things they would like to improve about the event so you can try to correct them in real time. In addition, you can get creative by introducing a contest, where someone explains in a tweet why they came to your event. Make sure everyone knows that they have to use the hash tag.
  • Encourage speakers to tweet about the event – This is probably a given, but encourage all of your speakers to tweet about the event. You may even consider running a contest just among the speakers for who tweets the most. Consider offering a prize to incentivize participation.
  • Showcase tweets on the blog – On the event website/blog, publish a transcript of all of the event tweets from the previous days and from the days after the event is over.
  • Analyze the data – If your event and hash tag promotion was a success, you should have a ton of data to sift through. Look for trends, ideas and tips on how you can make the event better in the future.

10 ways power users get more Twitter followers

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Whether you want to be a power user or not, getting more followers is probably high on your list. These ten strategies have worked for me… and they will work for you too.

  • Create a follower goal – One of the best ways to motivate you to attract more followers is to set a goal. Write down the number of followers you want in a year, then break it down by month, week and day…and then get to work!
  • Share remarkable content consistently – Power users find and share content that is useful, funny, practical, interesting and profitable to their followers. This includes links, RTs, videos, photos and podcasts. Do this consistently, and your follower numbers will naturally grow.
  • Guest post – I’ve had some great success picking up followers simply by writing content for other blogs. Depending on the size of the blog, you can get from 10 to 100 new followers from one post. Just make sure in your author bio you include a link to your Twitter profile.
  • Catch and release – This tactic involves searching for a topic on Twitter that is relevant to what you do and then following 100 people who’ve interacted with that topic. You can repeat this process endlessly, removing those who don’t follow you back.
  • Target followers with your bio – Write your bio with facts that describe what you do and explain who you would like to follow you. Make sure you include a link back to your blog.
  • Use tools – Use web tools like WeFollow to help you find followers. Directories like Listorious.com are also a good way to find new followers too.
  • Engage – Followers naturally gravitate toward power users because they use Twitter to not only share content but to also interact by replying, RTing and giving you props. This is what has made some of the power users I mention below so popular.
  • Use hash tags – You will pick up new followers when you use hash tags. People see what you are interested in as they search through these tags since you show up in popular hash tag searches. And, by the way, if you see a hash tag trend…try to jump on it!
  • Go where people hang out – What I mean by this is you need to attend conferences, events, seminars and local tweetups. You’ll meet people at these events, and, if you bond, you’ve likely gotten a new follower who may eventually recommend you to his or her audience.
  • Promote your Twitter account – Power users recognize that they can promote their account by attaching it to email signatures, embedding an icon on their websites and even putting it on business cards. Twitter is universal enough that people will understand what it is.

10 Twitter metric tools for power users

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Being a Twitter power user means you care about what you tweet and about how influential each tweet is…and how influential you are. There is no point in being a power user unless you want to be the best, right? That means measuring your success. Here are ten tools to do that with:

  • Twitter Counter – Tracking over 10 million users, Twitter Counter is a pretty standard Twitter analytic tool, giving you a snapshot of follower predictions and daily stats. And starting at $75/month, you can attract high-quality followers through its follower program.
  • Tweetstats – If you want to break your tweets down by hour, TweetStats is your tool. You can also see tweets per month and your reply statistics. Free tool.
  • Tweetreach For marketing and PR professionals who love to see how far their message is reaching, TweetReach will deliver. It’s simple to use, and plans start at $84/month.
  • Twitalyzer – This is some serious Twitter search analytics. From automatic daily updates to Custom Data Range reporting to Competitive Account Tracking, you will up your social game with this tool. You can start with a free trial.
  • Trendistic – Whether you are looking for things to blog or tweet about, this search tool will help you find out what is trending on Twitter.
  • Twitter Grader – This ego-pulling tool will show you how influential you are on Twitter by “grading” your profile, tweets, followers, RTs and replies. It’s a good way to measure improvements in a complete social media campaign.
  • Klout – Klout is another social media tool that measures your influence. This time it does it over all of your social media networks, Twitter included.
  • Simply Measured – Are you an Excel junkie like me? With Simply Measured, you can take your social data and create beautiful reports in Excel.
  • Sprout Social – Sprout Social is a one-stop shop for all your social media tracking needs, including Twitter. It has extensive reporting capabilities that allow you to isolate single site performance.

10 Twitter power users I admire

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This post wouldn’t be complete without a top 10 list of power users you should follow, watch, study and engage (because they will engage back with you). These are the pioneers and leaders in the space who’ve taught me everything I know. I’m very grateful for their hard work.

  • Robert Scoble @scobleizer – Easily one of the most recognized names on Twitter, Scoble tweets about technology and brags about his interviews with over 3,200 geeks.
  • Jeremiah Owyang @jowyang – Top social media industry analyst at Altimeter Group, Jeremiah is a very active Twitter user who shares a ton of information about social media.
  • Kevin Rose @kevinrose – The founder of Digg tweets his newest ideas and projects as well as Instagram photos and tests out new web tools.
  • Pete Cashmore @mashable – Like he needs an introduction, Pete is the founder of Mashable who doesn’t hide behind his account—he gets in the middle of the action!
  • Guy Kawaski @GuyKawaski – Author of many popular books and former chief evangelist for Apple. Guy shares a lot of content about everything. Great source.
  • iJustine @ijustine – She claims to be a video game lover who makes a lot of YouTube videos, but iJustine also has her hands in all things technology with a Twitter tech list you need to check out.
  • Daniel Brusilovsky @danielbru – He’s only seventeen, but he’s got passion for technology, founding Teens in Tech Network. I love his passion.
  • Chris Brogan @chrisbrogan – He’s probably one of the more popular social media experts and speakers out there. From Twitter to Google Plus, he shares insights on social media daily.
  • Dave Morin @davemorin – Dave is not only a great photographer, but he is also the founder and CEO of Path. His replies and RTs easily outpace his own tweets, showing he’s very engaged. A must follow.
  • Fred Wilson @fredwilson – A great venture capitalist, blogger and Twitter power user. Even though he has over 200,000, Fred still engages actively with his followers.

Of course, I can’t put everyone on this list. So, who would you put on this list?

Conclusion

Twitter is a great way to connect online, build relationships and close deals. And just because this post is huge, it doesn’t mean it’s difficult or complicated to leverage Twitter.

My advice to you is to start at the top and slowly work your way down this list. It takes time to become a Twitter power user. But you will eventually start to see your influence on Twitter grow. The cool thing is that your influence will grow across the web as well.

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Comments

  1. Paying for retweets sounds absolutely insane. That’s like paying for Myspace friends.

    • I agree with you. I am not a big fan of it, but I see a lot of users doing it these days. The retweets they are getting are irrelevant and are from spammy users.

      It’s always better to get natural/organic retweets.

    • Agree 100%, you’re paying for useless numbers that will have no measurable impact on your bottom line.

      • Yep, it is better to spend the time and effort into finding things that your followers will want to retweet.

        • I also agree, paying for retweets is just wasting those money. Better, tweeting something valuable content, as they can get concentration of other users and likely to get retweeted.
          BTW, this is really an incredible article. All are going to be helpful, as I am planning to use tweeter more :)
          I need to memorize few points from here, have completed reading 50 points, and complete study on all 100 points after waking up. Going for a sleep and many many thanks for this article.

          • I really appreciate it. It took me a VERY long time to write…

          • I also agree that paying for retweets is not worth it. It is much more important to have quality followers that like your tweets and are ready to retweet them if necessary.

            • Yep, quality is better then quantity.

              • I ALSO FEEL THE NEED TO AGREE. CUZ THIS POINT MADE SENSE WHEN HE EXPLAINED IT SO I NEED TO RE-EXPLAIN IT LESS ACCURATELY.

                -apparently everyone.

                • I’ll have to agree with this as well since everyone is agreeing, lol. But seriously quality is much better than quantity. Except, there is an instance that I do concern myself with quantity and that is at initial set up. With no followers early on, it’s tough to get the ball rolling. So even though some of the retweets and paid for followers in the early stages aren’t going to help in the long run, people will see your account is more reputable since others are following already.

                  Just my two cents.

  2. Hello Niel. Thanks for this great list. I have… um… about ten of the tools you have here that I use. I liked the power users and know Chris Brogan around the way. I have also been following iJustines’ career for a while. B.t.w. Where did she get her break from?

  3. Thanks for the fantastic content Neil. Having such a round-up of resources is always helpful. I particularly liked Tweroid, timing is something really under-considered so I’m sure it’ll help me reach out to my current network more. One thing you touched upon is that Twitter is a global network, thats the beauty of it. I love interacting with people far away who I’ve never met before, so this may help. Cheers.

    • Tweroid is a great tool to try out. Use it to figure out the best times to post your tweets and you can increase the amount of interaction on your account. I enjoy being able to connect with people worldwide as well. Twitter gives us a chance to make some interesting and helpful connections.

  4. These are some awesome tips, a friend recommended this article to me and I’m trying out Buffer right now. I use Hootsuite for accounts I manage for clients but I think Buffer will be great to grow my personal Twitter account.

  5. Attending events and webinars help a lot. They definitely help in reaching your goal towards becoming a power user.

  6. Fantastic post Neil!

    Now question is how do we get you to follow us ;)

    Keep up the amazing content.

  7. Thanks for the great List and great source of info NeiL, Some Tips were really new to me , Looking forward to know more.

  8. Hi Neil,

    This is a great resource. I did not know most of the apps you mention here and I will keep them in mind.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. EPIC!

    One question…. why not include the Buffer button in your share bar? I love Buffer, use it daily, but it is so much easier when my favorite sites have the button :-)

    • I have to add it… just waiting for my developer to do so. He has some other big things that I need changed/fixed first.

      For example the current sharebar sucks and I want to use my old one. But there is some error in WordPress that doesn’t let me do so.

  10. Awesome information Neil! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to checking out a bunch of these tools.

  11. Another bad post.

    Neil…this stuff is like your course…nothing to do with what you are REALLY doing promotion wise.

    Your Google ad banners are EVERYWHERE…why not talk about that stuff?

    All you are trying to sell to sell is basic “write 100 posts and they will come crap.”

    Talk about media buying…which is what you are doing big time…stop insulting everyone.

    Patrick

  12. Great tips and tricks. Love all the suggestions, applications, etc, boy if you can’t benefit from Twitter after this great article you must not have read it.

  13. This is fantastic information right at your fingertips forTwitter. This will be my guide and something I can share with my friends who want to learn about twitter.  
    Great job!! 
    Thank you. 

  14. Wow this is great tweet info!!! It is amazing to know that there are so many great ways we can take advantage to get the most of our tweet experience. Great post!!!

  15. @ Patric I’m sure Neils traffic doesn’t just come from google add banners, I’ve been reading his blog for about 6 month now and always come back here all the time to find inspiration and get tips.

  16. This is truly one of the best Twitter posts I’ve came across. In depth, yet simple ways to master the platform.

    I have to check out most of these new resources, but gotta say Buffer is my favorite app out of the ones listed!

    Bobby

  17. Really, you have very nicely described the ways to become a twitter power user. Your information is very informative and easy in understanding step by step, how the Twitter is powerful if the right way we use it.

  18. Good one Twitter Tool ideas sharing here.
    Keep it up Neil.

  19. Twitter is great place to get more exposure for yourself and your business, but you have to follow right and steady way… instead of fast and spammy way. Concentrate on quality than quantity and you’ll see the difference.

  20. Hey Neil great information. The different ways that you have shared over here has just inspired me and one day I definitely going to become a Twitter power user. Thanks so much for this great stuff. :D

  21. thank you Neil…This will definitely useful for my blog………Thanks again:)

  22. How did you get this information Neil that Twitter users are more generous in terms of donations. Also the point that on average twitter users spend atleast 12 minutes is really interesting. I do wonder at times how they calculate this time.

  23. Great stuff Neil,
    Out of everything that you mention the thing that stuck out most to me is the goal setting. I think it is one of the more important things you can do but probably the most overlooked. Also make sure that you plan time to tweet, if you don’t plan it in your day then it probably won’t get done. Also I would also add set a time limit, it is easy to become addicted to twitter and you could be wasting time that could be spent elsewhere, twitter is just one out of many social media marking.

    • Awesome, you have many good points. Goals are what set priorities and keep you focused. I like the idea of setting time limit on Twitter. However I would extend that to all social media sites any one can become addictive.

  24. Wow – 4,271 words! That’s a huge to-do list, but very detailed and useful. It will take a while for me to digest it, but I have bookmarked it and will keep coming back.

    Just wanted to ask one question Neil,… Considering that you are a successful busy entrepreneur, do you research and write the articles yourself, or have article writes do the job?

    Each of your article is so well done and detailed. I love them.

    • I do all of the research and writing. Like this post took me many hours to write, but I split it up over multiple days as I couldn’t finish it all in 1 day.

      I typically do most of my blogging while on the plane.

  25. Thanks a lot. The most complete guide on twitter & tweeting, I have ever read. Awesome!

  26. Hrm. Hundreds of RTs already. I know: I’ll pinboard and save this to delicious, then tweet it out later. *lightbulb* Sounds like a job for bufferapp…

  27. Twitter fever still not that high in India.

  28. Twitter fever in South Africa also is not so high. My estimate is that 90% + registered users go on less than one a week.

    • It will be interesting to see if it grows over the next few years.

    • I actually had the same opinion as you – that twitter fever in South Africa is not so high – but I heard on the radio, just this week ironically, that South Africans are actually using Twitter much more than other countries lately. I looked it up as well, just to confirm, and I found that:

      “The interesting report, ‘How Africa Tweets’, compiled by Portland Communications and media service, Tweetminster, found that South Africa, Africa’s largest economy, produced the most amount of tweets (more than five million) over a three month period.”

      I still find this surprising…!

  29. Amazing stats!!
    Thank you so much for Twitter related software list.
    I know only a few of them

  30. Very powerful tips here . Tools you mentioned are new to me back tweet and some other i never used . Thank you for your twitter tips .One thing i realized on twitter is whenever i post quotes it gets retweeted many times , but no links tweet gets retweet :)

  31. Kristian Frisk :

    Liked this article a lot but how much of this carries over to Google Plus? Obviously not the tools but does hash tags work the same way in G+ as in Twitter. Are they as effective?

    • I am not 100% sure. I would say a decent chunk carries over, but Google + is a big different as it is owned by Google and they can use it to affect search results more.

  32. Holy Cow…Information Overload…Always entertaining to see the vast number of Twitter Tools out there…While most don’t survive, they’re definitely some handy ones available. I know this an all encompassing piece with great info, but I would suggest users keep it to 3-5 tools. Anymore, and it gets to be a little much. The three I use are: SocialBro, Tweepi, and TweetSpinner.

    • Good point… if you try to do everything instead of just picking a few things, you’ll never get anything done.

      I also have a tendency to write really long posts instead of shorter ones. :(

  33. Hi Neil,

    You have put your knowledge and experience handsomely in this article and I am sure all the people who are using twitter will be thinking seriously to turn themselves into POWER USERs. Actually, your article gives me power to turn myself into power user too – lol.

    I envision the better use of twitter is more and more practice with some continuance guidance from the experts like you. After through study of your article I guess it will take me at least 8-12 weeks to really get going your 100 tips but the result should be awesome.

    Neil, do you have a guide to use twitter as power user in the light of your tips? and if so, would you like to share with us the highlighted points of your guide. You have provided all the DO’s on twitter do you have DON’Ts of twitter?

  34. This was such a helpful article, especially since i’ve stumbled into a career as a social media manager for realtors and lawyers. I will definitely be using this information for their sites. Also, using your tactics i’ll follow up by saying follow me on twitter @kenziesong
    Thanks again!

  35. Hi Neil great post, I have just started to build a Twitter base for my boss and branching out into social media for his company and you have given some excellent tips here, many of which I will share with our fans. Oh and by the way, Do you write blog posts in your sleep? You never seem to stop :)

    • Kind of. I wrote it on the plane… Which means I fell asleep for part of the flight and when I woke up I started blogging.

      It actually took me a few plane flights to complete.

  36. Twitter is the best source to drive traffic hence we follow it up in right direction

  37. Guy Kawasaki’s tweets are always enjoyable, most of them are a wise-ass yet useful look at things. And the McDonald’s link was killer. Very useful resource, this post.

  38. Is Twitter really getting that big. I personally dont use it, Maybe I should on a day to day basis to help promote my business. To me Facebook is still number one.

  39. Man this is a brilliant article, brilliant I’ve sent it to people I know in the business. It is so well researched – “common sense isn’t common” in particular the 47% of people on twitter are on EST.
    Brilliant.
    Jake
    PS I have data on “Digital Natives” in China I can share with you – that’s my way of saying thanks.

  40. Really informative tips. I always though a lot of people tweet just to market their product but not much people really look at other peoples tweet.. looks like there is a 50% audience after all. I need to seriously give a thought.

  41. This has in depth information about twitter. Checking out the tools for twitter now. Thanks for sharing it.

  42. I have an twitter account but not much followers and also not finding an source to increase an traffic through it

    • Give some of the tactics above a try and see if they help you increase traffic. If you have a specific question feel free to ask and I will do my best to help answer it.

  43. To be popular on twitter, just update often and find a specific topic !

  44. This is all getting too much for me, how to twitter properly and Facebook and blogging etc all to promote my business, don’t get me wrong, I want to promote my business but I just don’t have the time to keep up with all these social networks and their various nuances. I am now outsourcing all my SocioViral marketing to Magicbuz who have the experience and know-how to do it properly. Their conversationalists are experienced and are able to connect with people on a personal level.

  45. Awesome, I have been using twitter for about 2 months now, and this should prove to be useful in ensuring my website gets exposure.

    Thanks again

    -Lee

  46. I like Twitter as a tool but unfortunately Twitter doesn’t like me! My accounts are suspended indiscriminately, no email or reason given, even when the accounts are being used lightly or not used at all. I resent having to get on my knees and plead my case to have the accounts reinstated. They appear to have a high and mighty attitude.

  47. Wow ! Such a lot of useful information about Twitter at one place. Thanks. I am so much wiser about it now.

  48. I am not a twitter power user. Actually I don’t know the tools on twitter much those hash tags, etc. I got to tweet something for the company once on my personal twitter profile. But I don’t have many followers. But thanks for this tips, advises on how to be a followed by. Mostly those who tweet a lot and joins the trend gets a lot of followers, because that’s really proven by very ordinary people like my friends.

    • Twitter is tricky and takes time to learn how to utilize properly. If you practice and read different tools and tips often you will soon get there. Let me know if you have any questions as you go.

  49. Hi Neil,

    Amazing post, on the section in 10 Reasons why twitter power users are so influential, it’s Jeff Bullas instead of Jeff Bulla :)

  50. That’s good that you say at the end to start with the first section and grow from there, using all of those would take a while, and congrats on putting together such a long and comprehensive post on the subject of becoming a twitter power user.

  51. This was really helpful. Incredible aggregation of tools, resources & tips..must’ve taken you a while. thanks Neil!

  52. Nice one Neil.One point probably you missed out is recommending someone to change their handle/id so that it better reflects their tweeting habits and also whether or not to use real vs pseudo-names

    @praxprasanna

  53. Definitely the most comprehensive article which I’ve read on getting the most out of Twitter! Thank you very much for putting this together, I learned a lot from reading it and bookmarked it for future reference.

  54. Hi Neil,

    I have a question …Do you write all posts by yourself??

  55. Hey Neil, thanks so much for the wealth of information. I have been studying your Traffic System course for the past week, great stuff!

    This article was very helpful but I’m wondering why use Buffer if you already use TweetAdder. Doesn’t TweetAdder allow you to schedule posts like Buffer in addition to other features? I think I may be missing something here, thanks again!

  56. Wow, 100 ways indeed. I absolutely didn’t know lots of these that you mentioned. Awesome, Neil. Thanks for a great article.

    Many people still feel Twitter is not relevant to their business. Sadly they are losing out on a whole lot of business by ignoring Twitter. I wonder if they will continue to do so as Twitter gets more popular, :)

  57. I am going to use this advice on my twitter. It seems that Twitter is the only place where I am lacking in the traffic area. This is a great post! Thanks!

  58. Hi Neil
    Thanks for the super-informative post. I see you say it’s OK to tweet the same thing more than once. Is it also OK to tweet/post the same thing to Twitter and Facebook at the same time (using hootsuite or something along those lines, for example)? Or, would it be better to stagger posts so that Twitter gets it one day and FB the next and g+ the next?

    Thanks!

  59. Wow. There is a LOT of information to digest in this post! Thanks for creating such a comprehensive resource.

    You asked ‘So other ways can you become a Twitter power user?’

    I’m new to Twitter, and one thing I’m doing to work my way toward power use status is to offer an incentive for people to follow me. Specifically, I give away a free one-on-one consulting session each month to a new follower on Twitter. I don’t normally offer consulting or coaching, so this makes the offer even better.

    Neil – One question for you: As a fairly new Twitter user, it appears there are two strategies people employ.

    1) Follow as many people as possible, in hopes of them following you back (to maximize reach)
    2) Making sure that the ratio of people you follow compared to those who follow you is a small as possible (to maximize authority)

    Do you have an opinion on which is best? Based on your 50,000 to 100.000+ ratio on Twitter, I’m guessing you advocate option number 2?

    Thanks!

  60. i know how powerful twitter is, ESPECIALLY for my industry…but i just can’t get myself to really start using it frequently. I guess I sort of think its lame in general, so I have to really push myself to tweet

  61. I too over the last couple of years have noticed how widespread the use of Twitter is and it is indeed a powerful (tool?) however I have never got into it and the few times that I have looked at it I find it hard to follow who is tweeting about what. I know a lot of celebs will announce big news on twitter 1st so I can see it only getting even bigger and more powerful as time goes on.

  62. Twitter is pretty powerful social network, and every webmaster must take advantage.

  63. I wonder how much value there still is in becoming a twitter power user.

    Great article nonetheless.

  64. Never realised that Twitter could be engineered to be so powerful. I have been using it as a sort of announcement board for my blog. From your advice it seems I’m losing out on a good thing.

  65. hey neil.
    i am really amazed that you have included a list of tricks and tips.
    A remarkable post by you.

    Thanks.

    Matt

  66. Thanks Neil,
    This post really helped me! I have been seriously lacking in my twitter knowledge and its something I need to up my game on. I tried one of those retweet for follower things and it gets you followers, but they are a mixed bag of people with interests much different than yours so I don’t see what you would gain out of that.

  67. Hi!,,,
    I really agree the idea that you’v shared,Its really very helpful for every one,, Thank you for sharing,,,,

  68. It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people for this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

    Thanks

  69. I need to memorize few points from here, have completed reading 50 points, and complete study on all 100 points after waking up. Going for a sleep and many many thanks for this article.

  70. Thanks for a great article Neil and sharing all this wonderful advice. You’ve inspired me to link this comment to my Twitter account rather than my website although I’m a very long way off becoming a power user!

  71. Thanks for pointing out Tweepi, shame the Select All feature is disabled in the Flush section. Is it available in the paid plans, I would guess not from the message that pops up when you try to click on it.

  72. Currently it looks like Drupal is the best blogging platform available
    right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  73. Good content, nice to read and very engaging, your use of links is amazing, it’s funny to read the anchor text and realize you actually want to click on that link other than it just being a whorish shotgun blast of optimization. Nothing is more refreshing than seeing power users have great search engine AND is using links for their intended use; to organize separate engaging bodies of content for a user. Well done.

    If I had any advice I’d tone down the ads for your services, your content speaks volumes about your credibility which takes a bit of a hit when I get testimonials flooding my browser.

    Otherwise keep up the Great work!

    • Devin, thanks for the feedback. I use my ads to reach out to people who may have passed over some valuable content. I offer a ton of free content so the ads usually work in that regard :)

  74. Thanks for the great tips.. :)

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  77. This is a fantastic article. My only problem when it comes to articles such as this, and approaching topics such as social media marketing in general, is that there are so many tools and methods you can use and most of these tools and methods achieve the same similar goals. It would be much more relevant to list only those tools that are the most useful and have proven results

    • Fuad, great point! I like to offer as many tools and methods as possible because my audience is so spread out across the spectrum. What works for one person may not work for the other. I like to lay all the tools and trick out so people can pick and choose what works best for them. Thanks for reading.

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  81. I wonder how much value there still is in becoming a twitter power user.

    Great article nonetheless.

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