Many great tools are ignored when they’re first seen as users couldn’t think of any use for them at the time. It’s often only when they see someone making good use of it that they even remember it exists. For instance, most people forget about group DMs, despite the many interesting ways to use group Twitter DMs.
And these tips go so much further than just changing Twitter’s layout, or just making sure you don’t screw up.
Here are a bunch of great tips that even the biggest Twitter fans often miss, and could really make a difference to how you use the app.
1. Bump Tweets
If you’ve tweeted something important and want to get fresh eyeballs on it, you’d probably do what most people do and just reword the tweet to send it out again. But there are a couple of other ways you can do it
Use threading to bump your original tweet by replying to your own tweet and deleting your name. The new tweet will still show up as part of the thread, and your original comment will be seen by more people as a result.
You can also use this tactic when you’re trying to say something that takes more than a couple of tweets. Just keep adding to the thread and your followers will be able to read everything in order, but perhaps add some numbering to make it easier for people using different Twitter clients to keep track.
2. Twitter Cards
The main thing you need to know about what Twitter cards is that it makes it easy for users to submit their Twitter data, such as an email address, name and username, to businesses for whatever purpose. The business collecting the data can send that information to their mailing list software, or some other API as they wish.
Twitter cards are available through ads.twitter.com and have all sorts of uses. For many bloggers and business owners though, the most important use for cards is to get people to sign up to your mailing list.
The best uses of Twitter cards I’ve seen involve asking an intriguing question readers will want to know the answer to, then offering a white paper on the topic if people sign up using the card.
3. Uploading Multiple Images
If a picture is worth a thousand words, four pictures must be worth… quite the short story. And since you can add four pictures to every tweet, it makes sense to use that feature on occasion
Most people by now realize that images in Twitter get shared a lot more than regular tweets. What some people forget is that you can actually upload multiple pictures to each tweet, so it’s like a miniature photo album.
4. Be Sociable at the Right Times
Lots of people know that using tools like Tweriod help you see when your Twitter followers are online, and use this information to post their content during these hours. It’s sensible to get your posts seen by as many eyeballs as possible.
But not many people take the next logical step, which is to make sure you’re there chatting exactly when this graph reaches its peak. I mean, if you can only spare 10 minutes for Twitter per day, why not do it when people are around?
5. Find Your Best Followers
Do you know who your biggest fans are? Do you actually know who is engaging with your content the most? There is a great tool to find these things out, and the one I’d recommend you try is Social Rank.
You can sort your followers by all sorts of criteria and export the data as a Twitter list, making it easy to stay in touch with these top fans of yours.
6. Use Keyboard Shortcuts
Twitter has a whole bunch of keyboard shortcuts you can use to make your life easier, although almost everyone forgets this. Even seasoned Twitter users, who always use the native web app, forget these shortcuts are here.
Shortcuts can open your Twitter lists, see your likes, retweet, mute and block. Plus everything else you would expect.
Once you get going with these you’ll find it hard to use third-party clients. They’ll feel so slow!
7. Try Quick Ways To Unfollow
Every long-term user has at some point or other followed an account that no longer posts to Twitter. This is just one of many reasons to unfollow people, and there’s no crime in wanting to find these dead accounts and stop following them.
My two personal favorite apps for finding the dead accounts are Manage Flitter and the Crowdfire app. Both work in much the same way, allowing you to quickly see all the accounts that fit a certain criteria and letting you decide what to do with them. Twitter enforces a certain amount of active participation when it comes to the actual unfollowing, but these apps make it as easy as possible to clean up your account.
8. Use The Right Hashtags
Twitter now lets you know the strength of any given hashtag as you type it into the tweet. This allows you to make better choices, even if it’s just between #parent or #parents. That tiny difference could drastically alter how many people see your tweets.
For even further analysis, you can check out tools like RiteTag (free for a trial period), which also lets you know if the hashtag is being over-used. It’s also worth looking at Hashtagify.me regularly to see which hashtags people are using for current events, what each of the hashtags mean exactly (so you don’t make any embarrassing blunders), and to look at tags you use regularly to find any related tags you should try.
The power of good hashtags cannot be underestimated here, so it’s important to check what you’re using every now and then.
9. Twitter’s Advanced Search
Most Twitter users don’t use the search function very much, and if they do it’s just for a solitary hashtag. Power users usually know they can use an OR between keywords to bring up a more interesting set of results or to set up a good TweetDeck feed.
But very few people think to use the really advanced Twitter search terms, like location, avoiding certain words, limiting to only one language, limiting to just questions, searching just within specific dates, or more.
10. Tag Your Images
Even better than adding multiple photos to tweets is the fact you can tag up to 10 people in each photo and still have the full 140 characters to use to craft the perfect tweet. So, if you’re trying to get the attention of 40 people at with the one tweet, add four photos and tag. This is the best way to do it.