Five Ways to Get Your Twitter or Facebook Noticed (or at least, not annoying)

Recently, I have been seeing some really annoying posts on or . With Twitter, I see a lot of cryptic @ and # messages and with – well, some of them are just annoying. There is a group out there whose title is the same 5 words repeated 15 times. So when someone likes the group, I see:

Joe Somebody likesI wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool

(I made that group up because the group that I see has a profane word in the title – That, and I don’t want you to like that group…)

If you want your Twitter or Facebook posts noticed, here are five rules to help out.

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K.I.S.S – Keep it Simple Stupid

You want to have your post read, then follow the rules of Twitter – 140 characters or less. It really makes you think what to write. I have noticed a more critical eye in my writing simply because I cannot expound on anything. I notice redundancies and correct. For example, a lot of articles in the past I wrote:

…that the….

There are more instances (like in this sentence where I would have wrote “There are a lot more instances”  in the past). Being observant in what you type helps the overall writing.

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Start with the statement

I saw a post on Facebook last week (changed to protect the innocent)

“Hey, if you want to come over to the shop, we have a lot of computers for you. If you mention the “Sell me an awesome computer mate”, you will get a 20% discount. Must be 10-11 AM. ”

I would have left by the 10th word. Instead, I would write:

“20% discount off computer – Come in 10 to 11 AM and say “Sell me an awesome computer mate”

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Don’t Yell (All )

Yelling on Facebook or Twitter could get your profile removed. Just like in Chatrooms, the etiquette is to not yell.

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How Cryptic are You?

@bob said that #cool #beans are the best. #CBATB

I am finding that some people have a hard time reading that – especially those not on Twitter. Facebook has added a caveat stating that it will resolve @, but if the Twitter name is different than the Facebook name, it might not happen. More so, it might resolve to someone else’s profile. Instead, I would write:

@bob says Cool Beans are Best. #cool #beans

Put the hashtags at the end, unless you are at your 140 limit. Then space them out a bit, like so

On the 20th, we are having a #tweetup. Bring your devices and tweet @geekazine was here. You could win a Getaway to #vegas.

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Don’t overdo it. Especially #Follow Friday (#FF)

Posting it once is good. In the twitter world, posting a second time later in the day is acceptable. Posting every hour is just annoying. Once again, I will delete  those who do.

One thing I always say if you decide to #FollowFriday – Give a reason. For instance, I will tweet:

#followfriday @caffination – He talks coffee, bacon and Legos. @tctpodcast – Cool tech stuff. @bwana – Gaming information.

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If you follow these five simple rules, you might get some better responses on your social network blog. Don’t overthink and don’t overdo. You might get more people reading and replying.

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