30 Twitter tips hath September: @ikepigott’s 10 commandments
In September, we’re offering a Twitter tip a day. Send us your thoughts and suggestions.
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Day 13: @ikepigott says: Be human. Be humane. Be yourself. Be interesting.
Be brief. Share. Laugh. Listen. Learn. Repeat.
With Ike Pigott’s blessing, I’m reproducing most of his post, “Twitter’s Ten Rules.” I’ve tweeted it before, but it’s elegant and powerful and worth repeating.
Let’s take a closer look at each of them, which apply not just to Twitter but often to life.
- Be human. I don’t want to read robots. Marketers, pay attention. Don’t write me short ad copy; write like you’re flesh and blood.
- Be humane. An Internet comment fight? Yawn. Take the high road when having a conversation, especially among strangers.
- Be yourself. Those with personality are the ones to whom I pay closest attention. If I fire off a one-liner, it’s because I do so in real life.
- Be interesting. Some people cannot pull this off. I feel sorry for them.
- Be brief. By nature of Twitter, it’s 140 characters or the highway. (Ike suggests 120 characters for retweetability.)
- Share. If you find something useful or interesting, please please let us know.
- Laugh. If you really want to stand out, be funny. (Oh how I struggle …)
- Listen. You can’t really have a good dialogue if YOU’RE SHOUTING ALL THE TIME. Breathe, and concentrate on others’ thoughts.
- Learn. We’re all new at this. Learn from others’ tweets.
- Repeat. Or retweet. It’s common courtesy.