Whether you studied English Literature for your four-year undergrad or you read the back of a cereal box this morning, if you’re on Twitter, you’re a writer. Here’s how to be better.
Step 1: Edit, edit, edit.
With only 140 characters to work with, a single word goes a long way on Twitter. So make each one count.
To become a better writer on Twitter, you’ve got to first become a good editor. You’ll often find that, after writing a tweet, the idea you want to express is just longer than 140 characters. You’re hitting the 160 character mark, and it’s frustrating.
To overcome this, be judicious with your editing. How can you say what you need to say, but more concisely? Is there a shorter word or two you could substitute?
The more practice you get with being concise, the better you’ll be at avoiding that 140 character guardrail. And with some extra characters to spare, you might be able to squeeze in an image or a hashtag next time you tweet – both of which can increase the exposure of your tweet.
Step 2: Check your spelling.
A single misspelling can cause your tweet to fall on deaf ears. Your tweet will be ignored by many of your followers… or it might even cause them to unfollow you.
It only takes a few seconds to pass your eyes over your tweet before you hit “Send,” and it’s worth it. It’s easy to type “teh” instead of “the” when you’re excited to reply to someone, and by reviewing quickly you’ll catch these types of easily fixed – but off-putting – mistakes.
Misspelled tweets indicate that you don’t have time to bother with your Twitter presence. It brands you as lazy, and alienates your followers. Just like with essays or business reports, do a double (or triple) check to make sure your tweets are spelled correctly.
Step 3: Have a “voice”.
Perfect spelling and concise tweeting are two essential elements of properly written tweets, but they don’t go far enough. In fact, if that’s all you master, your tweets are bound to be more than a little bland.
The best writers on Twitter are those that let their personalities shine through. They treat every tweet like a conversation, and they respect those they have conversations with – essentially, all of their followers.
People are looking for value when they traverse the social sphere, so why not give it to them? If you’re funny, write funny tweets. If you’re helpful, write helpful tweets. Write your tweets to reflect your personality, and you’ll be sure to give your followers what they want.
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