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Twitter for Squidoo Users

5042764163_15405340feToday we’re going to cover Twitter, a social networking platform with a unique format that makes it easy to learn and use. Twitter won’t appeal to everyone but if you enjoy it, it can be a powerful tool for connecting with your audience and your influencers.

As I mentioned in the intro, Twitter’s posting format is a short 140 character post. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in using, read on for tips on how to get the most out of your 140 characters.

 

 

 

 

1. Use lists to find other users to follow

Lists are curated lists of Twitter users that you can use to discover people who share interesting content and ideas. I recommend you check out lists relevant to your topics on Squidoo and follow users that post great tweets. Don’t feel like you have to follow everyone, be selective and follow users that post content that speaks to you or informs your approach to lensbuilding. Also beware of the “over-tweeter”: These are the Twitter users that flood the service with tons of tweets around the clock or dump 10 at a time.

Following these types of Twitter users will clog up your dashboard and may prevent you from seeing valuable content from other more restrained users. Take this as a lesson as well – keep your tweeting at a reasonable level. With Twitter, less is more and quality is much more valuable than quantity. Don’t feel like you need to post all day every day and try not to post more than 3 things within a few hours.

2. Keep your audience clue-ed in

Use Twitter to keep people in the loop about what you’re doing on Squidoo by tweeting when you update an old lens, create a lensography or start a new project. You can use the short format to show that you’re active and serious about the quality and freshness of your content. Be sure to use any relevant hashtags when you announce a new lens or do an update – this is a great way to help new readers find your work.

3. Clean up and replace your old Twitter modules

Some of you may remember that at one point Squidoo lenses offered a variety of Twitter oriented modules. Changes in the way Twitter works would eventually mean that we could no longer support those modules and we had to retire them. Fortunately this turned out to be temporary and we were able to roll out a brand new Twitter module in January of 2013. If you have any lenses with these older modules, be sure to remove them and update your lens with the updated version.

From time to time, visit your lenses and check to see that whatever search term, user or hashtag you’re using in the module is working well. From time to time, users may delete accounts, hashtags may “go dark” or change in meaning. When this happens it’s a good idea to replace the search with something else so readers see the most valuable and interesting content in your Twitter modules.

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Those are my top 3 tips for Twitter – what are yours? Let us know in the comments!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/britflorida britflorida
  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/britflorida britflorida
    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/linhah linhah

      Yes, Britflorida, common sense always helps.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CosmeticMom CosmeticMom

    I never did open a Twitter account, but “used” to add the Twitter module. Since I never knew what remarks people would say, I removed Twitter.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Deborah-Diane Deborah-Diane

    I do send out a Tweet every time I write a new lens or update an old one. I often see an increase in views within hours after I send out a Tweet, so it seems to be working! I also have a couple of followers who are good about re-Tweeting my Tweets … and I try to do the same for them! I send out about 15 Tweets a day … spread out over the entire day.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/smilebs520 smilebs520

    This is an interesting information, it helped me learn more about Twitte.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/aredey aredey

    wonderful

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/meetpeopleonline meetpeopleonline

    nice, thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/staylor32 staylor32

    good stuff

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/staylor32 staylor32

    good stuff

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artyfax artyfax

    I use twitter fairly sparingly. Mostly to announce updates or new lenses and new blog posts. I tend to shy away from all personal information on social media.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artyfax artyfax

    I use twitter fairly sparingly. Mostly to announce updates or new lenses and new blog posts. I tend to shy away from all personal information on social media.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artyfax artyfax

    I use twitter fairly sparingly. Mostly to announce updates or new lenses and new blog posts. I tend to shy away from all personal information on social media.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Arachnea Arachnea

    The settings on my Twitter a such that I automatically post to my Facebook timeline. Because my WordPress page also posts to twitter, I then get posts to my Facebook from my WordPress whenever I post a new entry. Like Pinterest, I use Twitter to drive traffic to more detailed information. If I find the Twitter posts to Facebook annoying, I can change the settings so only I can see them. When I tweet a new lens, I kill two birds with one stone because I don’t have to post to Facebook immediately.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    Thanks for the information. It will help when I get ready to set it up.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Titia Titia

    I do have a Twitter account and I do tweet once in a while when updating a lens, but never understood the benifit of it. I don’t think I ever got Twitter visitors. This social media era is not my cup of tea. Can’t bring myself sitting here at my pc and clicking all those shortened links. Seems I’m not so social after all, but I knew that already.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/akreviews360 akreviews360

    Great tips in here, thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/akreviews360 akreviews360

    Great tips in here, thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/AlleyCatLane AlleyCatLane

    I have no interest in twitter at all.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/mountainmistjewelry mountainmistjewelry

    Love Twitter! It’s the best source of free advertising for my Etsy store and Squidoo lenses. I have found content specific hashtags broaden potential readers tremendously. Also, setting Facebook to tweet posts also adds the Facebook audience to tweets, not just one’s own followers. I use Hootsuite.com to set up tweets in advance. I like it better than Tweetdeck personally.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RubyHRose RubyHRose

      Oh thank you for this info. I keep checking out hootsuite, will again, now.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/3QuartersToday 3QuartersToday

    Oh one more VERY important tip that Mountainmistjewelry brought up hashtag, hashtag, hashtag, it’s the search filter for Twitter. I use Hootsuite also, in combination with SocialOoomph both free up time to actually reply and talk to people.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/3QuartersToday 3QuartersToday

    Oh one more VERY important tip that Mountainmistjewelry brought up hashtag, hashtag, hashtag, it’s the search filter for Twitter. I use Hootsuite also, in combination with SocialOoomph both free up time to actually reply and talk to people.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RubyHRose RubyHRose

      That is very helpful to know. Hashtag is the search filter for Twitter! Aha. I still don’t know how to use it, I retweet, that’s it, until now. Onto more learning, thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sholland10 Sholland10

    I haven’t been using Twitter the past few months, and my views have definitely decreased. Thanks for the info. I need to get “back in the game.” :-)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ibidii ibidii

    I will look at both of these ideas thank you Tom Maybrier and thank you Britflorida for the info!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/esmonaco esmonaco

    Thanks for the info, as I don’t have a twitter account but have been thinking about it. I’ll have to check it now Thanks Again

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/susan-zutautas susan-zutautas

    I use Twitter all the time not only for my own articles and lenses but or others that I find of interest as well.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    I do Tweet each new lens I publish. There is a lot more I could be doing with Twitter. I need to expand my following. Thanks for the tips. Always appreciated.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    I do Tweet each new lens I publish. There is a lot more I could be doing with Twitter. I need to expand my following. Thanks for the tips. Always appreciated.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/KitandCaboodle KitandCaboodle

    Thanks for the info. I have a twitter account, but do not use it regularly. I will have to revive it soon.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/angela-amor-129 angela-amor-129

    good!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RinchenChodron RinchenChodron

    Yes, I’ve been deleting a bunch of the little twitter link jpgs lately.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DeniseMcGill DeniseMcGill

    I like twitter but I’m a fairly new user/follower, so this was really good information. Thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lydia-workman lydia-workman

    Thank you for this article. I have had a twitter account for some time, but rarely found a use for it. I mostly use it to promote things. I rarely use it for anything else.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Jaka305 Jaka305

    I don’t have Twitter account. Maybe some day :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MarcellaCarlton MarcellaCarlton

    This is wonderful information!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nancycarol nancycarol

    Although I don’t Tweet, I appreciate you keeping us apprised of ways to expand our audience. Thanks for posting this information.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/TalkingFreebies TalkingFreebies

    I use Twitter, however I am real clueless about the whole #hashtag usage. Am I correct to understand if clicking on the #hashtagged word, it will pull up relevant topics related to that #hashtag? Any help and instructions are greatly appreciated! Thank you… :-)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RubyHRose RubyHRose

      Agreed. That is where I have problems too. Learning how to! Hashtags, time to go to twitter school……

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Thanks for this information, I’m learning something new all the time. It’s great!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Pastiche Pastiche

    Got to check for old Twitter mods … and use Twitter more often than I currently do.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nightcats nightcats

    I would appreciate some information on hashtags. I do not really know what they are or how to use them effectively.

  • cercis70

    I tweet about my writing at Squidoo here and elsewhere. Because I always feel as if I am sending messages into a great void, I am always surprised when I get followers! Consequently, I am always on the lookout for whatever tips others come up with.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RubyHRose RubyHRose

      Yes, retweets I do.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kinworm kinworm

    I didn’t know about Twitter lists so that was useful thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Like many others, I utilize Twitter for announcing new lenses, updates, and to promote lenses and articles of other writers.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    I respond to each person that is new on my twitter page by first checking their website or other media pages. That way I can see if they are “true” followers or have common interests. It doesn’t build a quick audience, but I feel better about using this form of social page.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/paperfacets paperfacets

    I have ignored twitter for the last nine months. Your write-up has prompt a new photo for the avaitar

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/paperfacets paperfacets

    I have ignored twitter for the last nine months. Your write-up has prompt a new photo for the avaitar

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artonweb artonweb

    Welcome to twitter!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lbmiranda lbmiranda

    I love Twitter!#tweettweet

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lbmiranda lbmiranda

    I love Twitter!#tweettweet

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RubyHRose RubyHRose

    Oh, very helpful. I love twitter for it’s quick way to send tweets out about the great things we read here and beyond. I need to go back to ‘school’ again to learn even more, like hashtags and groups that have similar interests. I’ve found it often helps to check what I am actually following when I retweet. Some things I have had to delete. Other than that, I love to tweet.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Steve_Kaye Steve_Kaye

    Thank you for the info.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/sha-ron sha-ron

    thanks for the update

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/spudzjamezspudz spudzjamezspudz

    Interesting info, especially on the lists idea. Must try…thanks for the article!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/spudzjamezspudz spudzjamezspudz

    Interesting info, especially on the lists idea. Must try…thanks for the article!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MrMackOnly MrMackOnly

    I have an open mind, but still fail to grasp the usefulness of it, unless I was trying to promote myself and not my information, ie artist, musician, athlete.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lazywrites lazywrites

    Now I have to learn hashtags and all that, I have twitter to follow news and other subjects but never did really use it for my advantage. Should start somewhere I guess.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/gir3189 gir3189

    very nice information about twitter

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CubScouter94 CubScouter94

    Thanks for the info! Great Twitter tips. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/senditondown senditondown

    I don’t have a twitter account, but thanks for the info.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/NellyvanderWerff NellyvanderWerff

    I haven’t used twitter yet, to promote my lenses, but will definitely do so in future. Thanks for this lense.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/andry88 andry88

    really useful!! thanks! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StuartJ StuartJ

    I have never used Twitter but may start now.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/BinkMeister BinkMeister

    This was a very good post about Twitter. It also seems that Twitter may be a good medium to drive more traffic to your lenses. Awesome read!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CreativeArtist CreativeArtist

    I read somewhere that one or two hashtags are best in a tweet, that they get more clicks than when there is more.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/WebLori WebLori

    Good info – thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/LoreleiCohen LoreleiCohen

    I use twitter often but post it on my lens as an update of my latest posts. I do not keep it by subject on my lenses because I found many of the posts came up with very offensive language on them.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/hornetsnest hornetsnest

    I published an article on several other tips you can use to get the most out of Twitter. http://www.squidoo.com/get-twitter-follower

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/FledglingStudio_com FledglingStudio_com

    I’ve resisted Twitter so far, but maybe it’s time to go check it out.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/katprice katprice

    Great info! Thanks for sharing. One of my top tips for twitter is to regularly check in on the “Interactions” and “Mentions” sections to see who is tweeting to you and about you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/selfhelpguru selfhelpguru

    Great info. Thanks, Tom! I’ll start being more diligent again about tweeting my new and updated lenses – and adding hashtags too!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Ilona1 Ilona1

    Thanks for the update on twitter modules. Twitter is actually a conversation, its use as an update notifier limits its usefulness. That said, sometimes I get lazy and just post my new stuff to the twitter feed, but I don’t think that is good practice.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    I still need to “get with the program” on Twitter. I think using lists will be very helpful.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tipsanddeals tipsanddeals

    I have a Twitter account but want to learn more. Thanks for the tips.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Mavric08 Mavric08

    good info, thanks

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/River_Rose River_Rose

    Have one never use it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/wleon63 wleon63

    I have a Twitter account and use it often. Good information here and Twitter is good for directing ‘traffic’ to my lenses too.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MSchindel MSchindel

    Thanks for another helpful social media tutorial, Tom! I’m glad to hear that quality is more important than quantity, as I try not to tweet unless I have something I think my followers will find valuable.

    How do you find the curated lists on Twitter that you mentioned? Thanks!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

    more great info and keeping us up to date on our social skills…much thx

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/TheCureForYouthMinistry TheCureForYouthMinistry

    Good stuff, but I wish there was a smaller url for Squidoo. I usually have to use the tinyurl site to shorten the link. i would tweet my lenses more if they were shorter urls.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Eaglesarticle Eaglesarticle

    Got you thanks for this great lens! I think I should open again my twitter a gain.

  • http://www.barbsbooks.com/ Barbara Radisavljevic

    I have three twitter accounts and I’m trying to narrow down each to a target audience. It’s not easy after the fact, though. I wish could remember where I’ve used Twitter modules in the past. I haven’t used it too much.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kiwinana71 kiwinana71

    I do tweet my lens occasionally, but will try to do better. Thanks for the update.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/PeacefulHeather PeacefulHeather

    Just learning the ropes here on Squidoo. This was a good and helpful article. Thanks.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/discountcopiercenter discountcopiercenter

    Thanks for sharing….

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/0ctavias0fferings 0ctavias0fferings

    Great information

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Zhana21 Zhana21

    How can we find Twitter lists?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    Thanks for this Tom. I’ve often wondered whether I should post more than the few tweets a day I usually manage, and your advice reassures me I don’t have to post constantly. Personally, I tire quickly of seeing the same faces in my feed every few tweets and want to see what others have to say. Question for you: What do you think of paper.li?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/angelachao angelachao

    Great tips! Twitter is a strong social platform and using it wisely can be very beneficial.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rlmodranski rlmodranski

    Thanks for the update on the new Twitter module. Not sure how I missed that info before, but I’ll be updating my lenses with the new one as I go! Thanks again!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/goldenrulecomics goldenrulecomics

    We haven’t really used Twitter at all, but maybe we should. Thanks for the tips.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephenJParkin StephenJParkin

    This is great advice! I find that Tweets will increase traffic to anything almost instantaneously. You really need to follow people with interests similar to your own and Tom’s advice on who to follow is spot on. I find that my following goes up and down a bit, but I slowly keep increasing it overall and if you can do that you have a source of “interested” consumers for all of your work.

    It is like any other marketing tool if the user knows and trusts you it is then easier to sell them on your new ideas.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/totalecare totalecare
  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/priyanshu6 priyanshu6

    I never considered all of this…….I always took twitter as a platform to share my views with people from around the globe..This is gonna be really helpful.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/WordChipper WordChipper

    I’m a Twitter noob… thanks for the excellent information!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Debs Debs

    Am on Twitter…but use it less than I did even a year ago…I got bored quickly by this one!

  • http://www.sharisphotos.webs.com/ Shari

    Seems to me that you covered all the stuff I would have said. Thanks for sharing this!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/OUTFOXprevention OUTFOXprevention

    Thanks for the info!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/---Chazz —Chazz

    I do use twitter but I find that I get a hundred times more traffic from pinterest than any other social networking platform.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/recipetohealth recipetohealth

    Great info. Thanks!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/chrystalspace4scrappin chrystalspace4scrappin

    Thanks for the twitter “etiquette” pointers!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/karendd123 karendd123

    I tweet all my lenses and updates on them. I also try to read other people’s tweets.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Possie Possie

    Thanks for the info! I use twitter when I only have a new blog or lens to show. Most likely it’s one in a blue moon kind of thing. I’m still not really familiar with it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Piper950 Piper950

    Not so sure about twitter due to all the celebs personal tweets but may give it a go this year. Thanks.

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