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  • http://twitter.com/AndeLyons Ande Lyons

    LOVE TWITTER… LOVE your 10 commandments.

    I would add engage… not about your topic or business…about life… it’s amazing what you can exchange in 140 characters… how you can lift others up… and share your gifts with the world.

    If you’re new to Twitter… as I was just 18 months ago… TweetChats are a marvelous way to meet Tweeps, find common threads for engagement, and learn more about TwitterVille. #LeadFromWithin and #BlogChat are two of my FAVEs…


    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Ande… iI sounds like you have given Twitter a big hug!

    • http://twitter.com/PTheWyse Praverb

      #Blogchat is awesome Ande…good call!

  • http://www.DebraAyersBrown.com/ Debra Brown

    Great advice. I started playing with Twitter a year ago & couldn’t use common sense to figure it out. I was overwhelmed, but determined. Now after studying your info & others, I’ve come to enjoy meeting people around the world and really connecting. It has been nice to move past just trying to get numbers. Thanks for sharing great info. Tweet me @CoastalDeb.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Good to hear your story and Twitter does seem to be an enigma to quite a few!

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyKirlew Anthony Kirlew

    Jeff is that a social media pun to say you “Stumbled Upon Twitter” in your opening sentance? ;-)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is well spotted but wasn’t meant to be. But it is!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      It was unintentional but well spotted Anthony. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Salmaal7ajry ســلمى الحـجـري

    Be human by engaging with others not a Robert :)
    Thanx for the commandments , useful and helpful for those who think to join or have joined recently,,

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the comment. Engagement is important but it becomes a challenge as you start getting thousands of followers. Then being selective starts to come into the mix

  • http://twitter.com/PTheWyse Praverb

    I really appreciate your advice Jeff. I actually studied your Twitter habits prior to reading this post and well you are a pro haha. I love when bloggers present content that they have applied before. Thank you!

    I never thought about automation until I started following you. I love your use of hashtags as well.

    Thank you for providing great content.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Praverb. The use of hashtags is important and it is also good to not use too many. 2-3 usually does it

      • http://twitter.com/PTheWyse Praverb

        thank you very much for taking the time to provide an answer.

        • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

          A pleasure Praverb and you are very welcome.

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  • http://twitter.com/EricRoutenberg Eric Routenberg

    Excellent article Jeff, which automatic follow-back tool do you recommend?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad you enjoyed it Eric. I am currently using socialoomphprofessional.comand it has been working well for me for years.

  • Holly Ritchie

    Having a link and being focused!! I literally just updated my personal and company twitter from your advise. Thanks!! :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Great to hear Holly.Onwards and upwards!

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Glad to hear about your success with Twitter Elke. Twitter is often underestimated.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    No, but they have certain limits.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    There is only one benefit of buying Twitter followers and that is creating the impression of social proof. As for me I have never bought any. It just doesn’t seem right.
    That’s just me.

  • http://www.ahaingroup.com/ Sian Phillips

    Excellent advice as always Jeff. I too started off like a headless chicken but only 52 months ago so I’m 2 months behind you and one hell of a lot of tweets and followers less :) Personally I prefer Twitter to the other Social Media platforms – I use it for business and personal chat plus manage some client accounts. And I couldn’t manage that without Tweetdeck. I like the fact it is immediate and lots of chat. It can connect you with people all over the world simply – I managed to pin you down for an interview and all via Twitter so it has to be good :) Something I find works well is answering questions and showing your expertise so people tend to come to you or recommend you for your niche. Thanks so much for sharing this on Bizsugar. I will be sharing it on social media too.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad to catch up Sian again and great to see Twitter is no enigma for you!

  • http://www.leadgenix.com/ LeadGenix

    Thanks for sharing Jeff! Great advice for anyone wanting to get the most out of Twitter.

  • blackdogdev

    Dig the post .. My favorite is Not Neglect – I’m the worst at this and my lack of “stickiness” can prove it. Thanks for keeping me honest and refocusing my attention.

  • http://twitter.com/kapeeshteam kapeesh

    Excellent post! Sharing to our clients and followers. :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for sharing Kapeesh. :)

  • http://www.3hatscommunications.com/blog/ Davina K. Brewer

    Written many a post on Twitter, these are pretty much on the money Jeff. One quibble on #4 – automation and it’s flaws. I consider following back engagement; it’s not something I do automatically, don’t recommend others follow anyone and everyone that follows them (leads to spam, noise, etc.). Also, I schedule content when appropriate – when read, written w/ some contribution, attribution; but not blind, ala ‘set and forget’ automatically.

    Biggest thing I can add, part of #5 and not neglecting Twitter – Thou Shalt Talk to Others! It’s why you’re there, not just to schedule and share links, but to use it per interests, per chats and conversations, to contribute, to listen, discuss, talk to people. FWIW.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Davina for adding some great insights to the conversation.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/aboterf Andrew

    I also find it awesome that you have responded to most of the comments in this post! You are doing it right! Thanks for the great info.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad to have you drop by Andrew. I do my best :)

  • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

    Hi Jeff! Very nice post! Any recommendations on automating content distribution tools?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Two tools to try… Twitterfeed.com for sharing other bloggers content and Socialoomph.com professional version for your own content

  • http://www.shamabhakti.com/ chrissy

    Hi! Great article. Thanks. I’m not sure when I started to tweet and I’m still trying to keep up! I’m the worst at branding! I have two twitter accounts, two blogs which relate to the twitter accounts, one company FB which relates to both, google+, vimeo, youtube, one tumblr, about me, scoopit and and… I’m getting so confused. When I started my twitter accounts I used names that I didn’t use for the blogs when I finally started them. I use different gravatar pics too. Some of these have a personal identity, others are about one of two of my major interests like: one twitter is mostly yoga/psychology/spirituality and the other is anything eco-fashion to eco-conscious anything so not so personal. Most with different identities. I feel like Sybil! :) Any advice?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Hey Sybil…. also known as Chrissy :)
      I think it is time to get focused. One category is enough to keep you busy.
      Pick one!
      Jeff :)

      • http://www.shamabhakti.com/ chrissy

        Thx I’ll try! I hate to lose all the work though. :(

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  • http://twitter.com/TamarrayCain Tamarray Cain

    Thanks so much Jeff for always sharing the best value! I would just add thanking people for RT & following, but I guess that falls under engagement….Anyway, again, thanks for sharing! http://www.empowernetwork.com/grammywealth/blog/steps-to-building-a-list/?id=grammywealth

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Tamarray That is a great tip. :)

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  • SMS48

    Commandment # 3, “Be focused”, touches very lightly on an issue that deserves a lot more attention. I follow various Tweeters because they provide technical information that is valuable to me. However, enough of them also tweet enough off-topic, personal information that it becomes very annoying and a major time-drain. An occasional mention of something that shows the Tweeter’s human-side is fine; but not frequent Tweets about personal activities, family life, hobbies, sport interests, etc. Currently, the solution to this issue is separate Twitter accounts for personal use and for other topics. Twitter could help with this issue by making “lists” not just for grouping incoming Tweets for reading, but also for directing outgoing Tweets to specific groups of followers. Otherwise, following commandment #3 by using separate accounts to focus on separate personas/topics would certainly be an improvement.

  • Tracie Sanim

    Commandments – be constructive; and be consistent to ensure your branding isn’t compromised

  • C Gallagher-Louisy

    This is a great article. Thanks! Tip re: #2: an excellent way to provide a link on your twitter profile page is http://www.about.me. It’s a one-page profile where you can provide a description of yourself and links to all your social media accounts and other websites where you share information and resources.

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  • http://www.dpsinfo.com LaurieMann

    I’ve been much more active since the fall of 2012 and went from about 200 followers to over 2200 in about 8 months, mostly due to be an active #uniteblue follower. However, I don’t want to have separate accounts for separate interests, so I do list my interests in my bio. (@lauriedtmann) My main commandment would be “Thou shalt not troll and shall block trolls.”

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  • http://daveshrein.com Dave Shrein

    I would add engage with your audience. Twitter is part of the social media world, not the news media world. You must respect the nature of the platform as well as the intricacies of the platform itself.

  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    I use hootsuite to manage my tweets since it’s not whole day that I’ll be checking out my twitter but I still make sure that I share relevant information with my followers. Great list here @jeffbullas:disqus.

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  • http://twitter.com/JayLaw1 JayLaw1

    Respectfully disagree with part of #4. Followback was a popular technique a couple years ago, but has fallen out of favour. If you automatically follow back, you’re going to end up following a lot of spam bots and scammers, which reflects poorly on your brand. I think the signal to noise ratio is too poor to automate following.