Are You Making This Twitter Mistake When Addressing Another Twitter User?

Killing Common Twitter Mistakes: #1 Addressing Another Twitter User

For the next few months, we will identify and KILL common Twitter mistakes or clarify Twitter myths.

One of the biggest mistakes I see new and some long-term Twitter users make is when addressing another Twitter user.

If you simply want to shout out to another Twitter user, begin the tweet with their Twitter handle.

   @HeyColleague How are you? Are you going to that event tonight?

The only people who will see this tweet is:
• You
• Them (@HeyColleague)
• Anyone who follows you both (at that moment)
• Anyone who happens to look at your posted feed (at that moment)
• Anyone who happens to look at your colleague’s mention feed (at that moment)

If you want to promote another Twitter user to your community then begin the Twitter feed with ANYTHING BUT their Twitter handle.

This is wrong!
     @HeyColleague is someone you want to follow. They have great Twitter content. #FF

This is right!
     ‘ @HeyColleague is someone you want to follow. They have great Twitter content. #FF

These are better!
     #FF @HeyColleague is someone you want to follow. They have great Twitter content.
     Great Twitter content by @HeyColleague. This is someone you want to follow. #FF
     Are you following @HeyColleague for great Twitter content? #FF

By not beginning the tweet with their Twitter handle you haven’t limited the number of people seeing your tweet to the list above.

Catherine Saykaly-Stevens

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art - July 23, 2015 Reply

Nice tip. Thanks

jmeyersforeman - September 18, 2015 Reply

I just opened a twitter account, so plenty to learn, and I always learn something from your posts! thanks

Whitney Parchman - December 9, 2015 Reply

Thanks! Great tip!

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