‘Tis the season to spread a little joy – and it doesn’t take much to bring some joy to those who have been retweeting, favoriting, and replying to you all year. Here are 10 ways to thank your followers before Christmas.
1. Be direct. There’s a bit of a divide among power Twitter users about whether or not you should thank people for interactions. Regardless of where you stand on this, it can’t hurt to do it just this once, at the most magical time of the year! So send some @replies to your top followers and thank them directly for the past year of their great content and engagement.
2. Add them to a list. If there is a group of core followers you would like to thank all at once, you can add them to a list called “My Favorite Tweeps” or something similar. This will definitely make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
3. Send a group thank-you. This works by not only thanking people in batches, but you can actually introduce several of your followers to each other while you’re thanking them. Choose 4 or 5 followers that share a similar interest or trait, and thank them all in a single tweet – this could lead to some beautiful new friendships in the new year!
4. Share their content. If you want to thank someone in a more subtle way, tweet out their best content from this past year with a note about how much it impacted you.
5. Give them a little gift. If you have some really stand-out followers, they might deserve a gift – after all, it is the holiday season! This can range from some freebie content that you create for them, a gift card to a coffee shop, or something more substantial.
6. Send a direct message. For a more private thank you, and one that possibly includes the exchange of contact information, a direct message might be the way to go.
7. Engage them. Sometimes simply sparking up a conversation can be enough of a thanks. Rekindle a past discussion, remind them of an opinion you shared, or ask them about their holiday plans.
8. Follow them. It might be a little embarrassing, but sometimes you’ll find that you’re not even following the accounts that interact with you most. Now’s the time to spread the love and do a little following-back!
9. Space them out. A word of warning about thank yous: While they are a great way to spread the holiday cheer, you don’t want people logging in to see “Thanks for being great, @username” repeated 20 times on your profile. Schedule or space out your thank yous to avoid this.
10. Personalize it. However you thank someone, make sure to include why you think they’re great. They’ll appreciate the extra effort.
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