Tweets are posts on Twitter, a social networking micro-blogging service.
Writing tweets with brevity is a strength, especially since Twitter’s posts are available on mobile devices. Twitter allows users to send and read content which used to be limited to 140 characters (now 280) including spaces and other symbols. Shortened attention spans are drawn to quick, simple content that is easy to process.
Readers who subscribe to others’ updates are known as “followers.” By building a large collection of followers on Twitter, you extend your reach.
How do you get followers to read your tweets? Think like them.
When you see a user with quality, consistent content, he stands out. You begin to follow him. (Likewise, mediocre content rarely pulls you in as a follower.)
Quality is key.
Quality tweets entice users to follow you. As followers scroll through their Twitter feeds, they look for posts that grab their attention and offer a type of reward – useful information, unique information, or urgent information. You build good will and get favorites and retweets when you post practical, insightful, interesting, or helpful content.
That’s why quality Twitter posts are a lot like headlines.
Like a headline, they are formatted to get the follower’s attention and move her to keep reading. Both headlines and tweets are specific and unique. (More about headline formulas.)
But a post on Twitter goes a step further than a headline in at least one way. It can stand alone as its own piece of content.
Writing Tip: as you read your tweet, ask yourself, “Can this statement stand independently so that without reading anything else the follower will understand the idea?”
You can write all types of Twitter posts, but there are at least three formats that are among the most-read, most-followed, and most-retweeted.
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