Your Twitter updates or “tweets” are the most important part of the first impression you present on Twitter. But if you’re just getting started and haven’t yet posted anything, you’re a big blank! If you begin following me (and I don’t know you), what am I to make of you?
Let’s apply the Golden Rule and turn the tables, because you will eventually be followed by people you don’t know: You receive an email that “Joe Bob is now following you on Twitter!” but you don’t know any Joe Bob. Who is this person, you wonder? Do you want to follow them back? The main way you will decide is by scanning their updates, so you click to see their profile and… it has no tweets. You are left in mystery.
Don’t put others in that same situation! Twitter abhors a vacuum. Before you follow even one person, tweet something. It could be any combination of:
- Introduce yourself
- Greet the world
- Say you’re a Twitter newbie, and ask for advice
What else would be helpful or engaging in one’s early tweets? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
Before You Sign Up for Twitter series:
- How to Choose Good Twitter Names
- Your Twitter Profile and First Impressions
- Twitter Background: Don’t Do It!
- Tweet Before You Follow
More Twitter resources: