Like vs. Retweet

We love us Twitter! So much going on, so many people sharing so many cool things. However, Twitter Chat Image we've noticed a trend that we think you should know about.  It's the "Like" button vs the act of providing a Retweet of something that you "Like". Confusing?  We get it. 

A couple of Twitter Etiquette thoughts:

If somebody Tweets something and you want to share it with others it's best to Retweet and if you have enough space you might add a comment. And, when somebody takes the time to Retweet one of your posts it's always polite to reach out and say, "Thank you!".

When you "Like" something why not Retweet it?  When you do that it helps spread the word even further. For us, simply "Liking" a tweet is like a handshake after a date.  Sorry...but it was all I could come up with.

In the end, thank you for your "Likes" but if you really want traction take a moment and Retweet we'll all be glad you did!

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Giving Up Twitter!

This week I saw a Facebook Post about a friend who had "given up" on Twitter RejectedTwitter. "I have deleted my Twitter account but will continue Facebook for awhile."

That was followed by several others chiming in saying they "never really got or understood" Twitter.

I understand and that's OK. 

To explain Twitter and the power it holds for news and information doesn't much matter to folks who use social media for...being social. For those of us in business and/or the news world Twitter is a valuable asset.  Spending a few moments rolling through my Twitter TeletypeStream puts me in touch with other business professionals and allows me to digest lots of headline news.

Think of Twitter as an "old school" teletype that used to dominate every newsroom in the nation.  Every few seconds that teletype would spit out the news, weather, markets and more. Twitter is the same thing.  Sure it can be 100% social but it can also be a wonderful tool for business and for news. 

We're here to stay.  Your thoughts?

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Twitter Etiquette?

We've found, over the years, that Twitter can be a wonderful tool for Men Bowing finding and sharing information.  We use it and encourage our clients to also spend some time using it...well.

Which brings us to "Twitter Etiquette" and some suggestions on how to get a little more out of your experience. These are observations from years of experience...here we go:

  • Be Nice:  It should't even be in the Tip List but man, some folks think that because it's only 140 characters they can say anything. We can all disagree but bad language and hateful tweets won't help your personal or business brand;
  • Re-Tweeting:  If somebody take the time to RT one of your posts we think it's neat to go back and say, "Thanks for the RT!".  It's being nice.
  • Engage:  If somebody asks a question or makes a comment about your post you really should answer back. Ignoring the conversation can just be rude (see above);
  • Following Back:  This is tough because we only have a limited ability to keep up on all the conversation.  However, as a rule, it's polite to follow back even if it takes you some time to get it done.
  • Think About It:  It might sound like a cool thing to say at 1:00AM but in the daylight you might wish you had not pushed the "send button". You've heard the stories of how folks have been fired for using poor judgement...right?

Five quick tips on Twitter Etiquette. You might have your own and if so, feel free to share.

Thanks for reading!

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