Among the major social networking sites of today, Twitter is probably the only one where saying “thank you” still matters a lot – especially from a professional standpoint.
Looking for ways to show appreciation? You will find ten in this article.
Retweeting a person’s message to you is the easiest way to thank them.
Add something to the retweet
On Twitter, the 140-character limit should never be an excuse for “cheap” thank yous. Actually, there is no character limit anymore. For example, you could use TwitLonger or Deck.ly (exclusively for TweetDeck) to type long messages. A link to what you said will automatically be posted to your Twitter account.
So, go ahead and add something to the retweet that will help fuel the conversation.
Share the person’s content
Twitter is about reciprocation — not a one-way stream of self-promotional content. Make sure that you keep an eye on what the person shares in their stream and retweet their content if you feel that it could benefit others.
If someone has taken the time to retweet your content or send you a few words, why not ask them a couple of questions? Engage in conversation and create a meaningful relationship. People use Twitter to find quality content and network with like-minded individuals or brands. And entrepreneurs or businesses who make the extra effort to connect with them will certainly be respected and appreciated.
Continue the conversation privately
Every expert will tell you that conversations exceeding four or five tweets on each side should be taken to DMs. This is a wise piece of advice. It may make the person more comfortable to talk to you; and you will avoid being unfollowed by those who are not interested in reading your long discussion.
List the user
Another great (and easy) way to acknowledge people on Twitter is to list them. Lists offer a great way to regroup Tweeps according to a specific topic and make their content much easier to follow.
Visit blogs / websites and leave comments
If people retweet your content, it means that they have read it. So, be nice and return the favor. Leave comments or let them know that you have checked out what they do. Pinpoint your favorite article, what you like the most about their page, etc. This will add a nice touch to the connection.
Invite the user to connect on Facebook
After a couple of conversations with the user, why not invite them to become friends on Facebook? The social networking site offers a more informal setting. They could also be interested in liking your Fan Page…
Recommend the user
Recommending people on Twitter always goes a long way. While using Follow Friday Helper is a step in the right direction, writing a short customized recommendation is even better. Why, according to you, should others follow the person? What makes them special?
A lot of Tweeps have questions that often receive no answers. Go the extra mile for people in your niche and chances are that you will gain the respect of more than one user…
What else do you do on Twitter to show your gratitude?
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com