Saturday, March 14, 2009

How to get retweeted in Twitter

1. Keep it short:
Some tweets are so long that they don’t work as retweets because already the 2nd person who wants to retweet can’t even add an “rt: @name” to it without deleting something. So keep it as short as possible so that a cascading retweet is possible with at least 3 or more people involved.

2. Add a link:
As people retweet really noteworthy stuff and resources. As most tweets are too short to offer value without a link you have to add the real resource.

3. Ask for it:
The direct call to action, in this case “please retweet” really works.

4. Link the original source:
People rarely retweet a vote begging tweet. The retweet is already the vote, it’s better than a Digg vote.

5. Add attention grabber:
A word like “free”, “how to”, a number or even special characters grab the attention. Add them to the tweet.

6. Express emotion:
Express dismay, delight and any other strong emotion. If you don’t care why should others care then? “wow”, “FAIL!”, “sucks”, “cool” sounds great doesn’t it?

7. Tweet during daytime:

Do you tweet at night? You don’t? Well, think again. In case you’re not in the US you most probably tweet at night for most Tweeple but even in the US people tweet across time zones. So don’t tweet retweetable stuff when people sleep!

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