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Why You Should Use Twitter

March 23, 2009

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Twitter has been the newest and biggest thing on the web for some time now, and yet still many people haven’t signed up, while others don’t even know what it is. For a quick summary, read the definition of Twitter as found on their support page:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People write short updates, often called “tweets” of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.

You can update and manage your Twitter account on the web, or even get an application for it to use on your phone or other portable device. This makes Twitter always available as a handy on-the-go resource, and you’re always able to keep in touch whenever needed.

Using Twitter, you can follow other users who you want to keep up with, as well as gather your own following. You can communicate with other users through private message or by @replies, which are done through the “tweet” messages themselves. As you see, Twitter is a great social networking site which can be used to do many different things. I will share some of the top reasons with you from a blogger’s point of view.

Promoting Your Blog/Site

Twitter can be used nearly better than any other social networking system to promote your visibility and reach on the web. Gathering a stream of followers is simple if you have people who are interested in what you have to say, and increasing your amount of followers is as easy as word of mouth and updating. Not only that, but putting yourself out there in front of all of these users is more simple than posting a 140 character message. If you’ve already got a blog, converting your current visitors to Twitter followers won’t be too hard.

After you have people who are keeping up with your Twitter account, you can share information about your blog and posts you have made by “tweeting” them, which in turn draws more visitors and pageviews to your site. And apart from that, it also increases the interactivity and closeness you have with your niche and your readers.

Twitter can also be used as a source to draw in new readers to your blog, not just as a way to provide interest for the old ones. As your presence on Twitter grows, so does the amount of traffic and new readership coming in to your site.

Getting to Know Your Readers

Twitter can be a fantastic way to develop relationships with other bloggers and your visitors. Don’t just make Twitter an extension of your blog, make it something a little more – bring your activity there down to a more personal level. Let your readers get to know another side of you there. And make sure you focus on your readers as well, and get to know them too. Ask questions where you value people’s honest opinions, and whenever you receive a message or a reply, take time to read it and respond if you can. Help as many of your followers as possible. Use any feedback you get to better your blog, your content, and what your site provides.

Learning New Things

And last but not least, use Twitter to broaden your knowledge and experiences. Keep up with and follow any person whose updates teach you about things you didn’t know before, and ask questions whenever you need to. If you have a following on Twitter and you need help with something or would like an opinion, just post an update discussing it. Twitter is one big caring, helping community. Give as much as you can to your followers and they’ll be happy to help you out whenever that time comes.

To learn more about how to use Twitter alongside your blog, read How I Use Twitter to Promote My Blog. And if you’d like to follow SuperBloggingTips.com on Twitter, you may do that here. Post your Twitter profiles in the comments box so we can follow you as well! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask. :)

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36 Responses to “Why You Should Use Twitter”

  1. TheNooge on April 1st, 2009 11:35 am

    I find twitter to be kind of annoying!

    I don’t really care about anyone that much where I’d like to have that many updates about what they are doing…and I really hope none of my fans care about what I’m doing that badly that they want a twitter (tweet) from me!

    TheNooges last blog post..What is April Fools Day Anyway?

  2. Ari Lestariono on April 1st, 2009 11:30 pm

    I have read many things about Twitter, it’s a good way to exposure your company, but you must update your blog at least 3 times a week with original content and based research article is the best to get into the game no matter what your niche is in.

    Ari Lestarionos last blog post..Healthy Living Naturally: The Top Secret

  3. Offshore employees on April 7th, 2009 10:04 pm

    I heard a lot of stuff about twitter. Its very popular now. I think if you really want a more interactive and have more staff to offer other than just for business purposes, switch to friendster, facebook or multiply. Nice post though.

  4. dieting tips on April 8th, 2009 9:56 am

    I must agree I find twitter a little annoying too! I have only just started using it though so I guess its early days and I may start getting into it!

  5. Leo Saraceni on April 14th, 2009 10:41 pm

    Yeah, Twitter is powerful, fast, addictive…
    But it could also be a waste of time. Be careful with Social Media, it easily takes hours off of your day, which may seem productive, but generate very little results.

    I use social media as a brand awareness tool, and I don’t spend more than 1 hour a day on it. (except for blogging)

    Leo Saraceni

    Leo Saracenis last blog post..Full Time Home Business Owner – My 2nd Day Retired From JOB

  6. William on April 15th, 2009 2:16 pm

    The problem I have with Twitter is that it just adds to the growing list of Social Media sites I have to keep up with. However, being able to promote your blog though it is quite valuable. Nice overview.

    Williams last blog post..Weekend Chores

  7. Jederus on May 5th, 2009 10:11 am

    Thanks for the tips on using Twitter for promotion. I have to agree with some of the other commenters that I am no big fan of the service but after reading your post perhaps I’ll take a closer look.

    Also wanted to thank you for your blog in general, I’m a long time reader/first time commenter and your tips and suggestions were integral to the design and writing style decisions we made early on.

    Jederuss last blog post..Funny Money- 3 May 2009

  8. Alfred on May 28th, 2009 2:52 pm

    I have no idea how old this post is since it has no dates, but in the past few months, Twitter has become pretty crappy. It’s become so popular that even computer illiterate people are aware of it (via newspapers) and have begun abusing it in the spammiest, most irresponsible way possible. As a result, the people who actually used it properly (bloggers) are getting turned off.

  9. Grace on June 1st, 2009 12:00 am

    I do have a Twitter account, but I’m not very active on it right now… I’m going to update it more often this month, and if it affects my blog in a good way, then I’ll go on with twitting. Thanks for sharing! Feel free to add me. :)

    Graces last blog post..111 Places for Awesome Free and Premium Templates

  10. Dynamic Web Design on June 9th, 2009 5:59 am

    I think Twitter is very useful for blog owners who want to easily notifiy people when they’ve updated their blog. but using it for your own personal needs is not something i’d use it for when there are other ways of communicating with friends and family like MSN, MySpace, Facebook etc.

  11. Samuel on June 11th, 2009 6:31 am

    I am also using twitter for my website.. and dont believe i have a good number of followers..

    And also getting good results from twitter for my website.

  12. Hesham on June 13th, 2009 4:51 am

    I am using twitter since a few months back and getting some nice traffic from it, thanks for sharing good information on your blog!

    Heshams last blog post..Features That Didn’t Make it into WordPress Version 2.8

  13. cara membuat web on June 29th, 2009 11:15 pm

    I use twitter and facebook as marketing tools online, they both great tools.

  14. pz on July 4th, 2009 10:39 pm

    I have been using Twitter for some time now and still don’t get it. Every now and then I’ll get a message saying that someone I don’t know is following me on Twitter. Naturally, I call the police right away because that’s a scary thought, being stalked online.

    Or maybe not.

    But it seems like everyone who follows me on Twitter really wants me to follow them on Twitter instead, so I never get any actual hits from them, and every time I log into Twitter, all I see is constant streams of twits twitting on my page. I just don’t get it.

    pzs last blog post..Host Papa Review

  15. New York on July 7th, 2009 3:25 pm

    Twitter is really dying down due to businesses abusing it. I would say that less than 10% of active Twitter accounts are actual bloggers. Also, their servers have been crashing more and more. I’m a member, but I really don’t find it all that useful, and the quality of visits from it are poor (High bounce rate)

  16. Larry on July 14th, 2009 5:22 am

    my twitter account is working well now. it can lead many traffic to my blog. however, actually, my blog has good content also…so, visitor prefer to comeback also.

  17. Mikes Sumondong on July 17th, 2009 5:54 pm

    in this time, everybody must be in twitter. though i’m still learning how to make use of it for my site, i’m already loving it.

    Mikes Sumondongs last blog post..Where the is no Vision, People Perish | Apollo 11’s 40th Anniversary

  18. I Love Twitter on July 20th, 2009 9:54 pm

    Yes, twitter can be annoying, but still I love it. I think it is a great way to do searches for stuff on the net instead of just relying on google. Especially if you want super up to date stuff.

  19. Eric on July 21st, 2009 2:27 pm

    I’ve been on Twitter for about a month now. I have about 200 followers, but I don’t know if I can keep it up, or if it’s really worth it. Seems there are so many scams out there on how to get followers, and those with tons of followers are already popular outside of the Twitter world. Seems like investing my time elsewhere would be more fruitful.

  20. Lito|TheFilipinoEntrepreneur.Com on July 24th, 2009 10:20 am

    Great info and I’ve done this technique months ago but still I don’t see traffic coming from twitter.

  21. Ms.HealthyPeach on August 4th, 2009 12:09 am

    Who doesn’t like twitter anyway? Well some might hate using it… but if you’ll compare twitter to plurk. I’ll go for twitter!! <3

  22. GBG Home Business Guy on August 11th, 2009 12:47 am

    I post regularly, but I’m not hung up on followers, etc. like I used to be. I find that there are slews of people mass following just to get a follow-back, then unfollowing. As with all new hot sites, people tend to find ways to abuse them and ruin the environment…

  23. Frank Zweegers on August 25th, 2009 3:13 am

    I twitter as well but I find that there’s a lot of people just putting up irrelevant stuff. ‘Waiting for the bus’, ‘Oh crap, I’m out of toiletpaper!’. I doubt whether Twitter is there to stay, even though there are lots of ppl using it.

  24. Franchise Opportunities on September 2nd, 2009 7:38 am

    Really helpful posting. We are just getting into Twitter and how best to use it to promote our business. I liked the using Twitter on a more personal level angle that you have suggested here. Certainly its becoming a good way to build a rapport between you and your readers and to interact with them on a more personal level.

    Joe

  25. afzal on September 3rd, 2009 2:38 am

    Twitter is really good social media tool to make money on internet. If really know how to manipulate Twitter Search, it will help a lot.

  26. Can Can (Mom Most Traveled) on September 7th, 2009 4:07 am

    I love using twitter. The bottom line is that it is all about community.

  27. steppinout on September 10th, 2009 2:41 am

    Will try to be more active on Twitter soon. Thanks for the tips

  28. Free Online Films on September 13th, 2009 6:04 am

    You have some great facts to backup exactly why someone should have a twitter account these days. Unfortunately, Twitter will more than likely become like myspace – full of spam and junk everywhere. Get the most out of it now while you can!

  29. Andrea on September 17th, 2009 12:05 pm

    Not only Twitter, but also all the other smm sites as well. Rgds

  30. Health blog on September 19th, 2009 6:16 pm

    Actually it’s kind of a good point. Twitter is many years ahead of its time. People will come to twitter but for now only a small community of people use it because their work is tied to the Internet. I suppose in the future all of us will have more involvement with the internet.

  31. Jan on December 9th, 2009 12:53 pm

    Since Internet marketers have descended on Twitter in a big way, the most critical issue with it is actually about finding traffic that can be monetized, rather than finding followers.  

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  33. Brian on April 25th, 2010 11:42 am

    Great post.. I have recently started using twitter and must say that is very good traffic generator..  As long as you are patient and trying to pay more attention to other follower and their tweets, you could benefit from twitter.

  34. Tay on April 25th, 2010 4:07 pm

    Brian, you’re very right. Bloggers have to put the majority of their focus on their followers and readers, because those people are who get you where you are.

  35. Larry Workman on May 2nd, 2010 9:07 am

    One of the most effective ways of getting the word out about a new post is to let other bloggers know about it. There isn’t much more powerful a way to find new readers than another blogger recommending something you’ve written to people who trust them.

    Getting other bloggers to link to your posts is not always easy though – particularly in the early days of a blog or if you don’t have some sort of profile or pre-existing relationship with the bloggers that you’re pitching. However it isn’t impossible. Here are a few tips on how to pitch your posts to other blogs:

    Blogs are another form of a mini website

  36. Brian on May 5th, 2010 4:46 pm

    I agree with you Larry, best way to increase traffic is to make your network of trusted online friends that are interested in your writings and ideas so they ptobably will recommend you to other users they know.. And maybe you will get more readers to your blog/website.

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