Your First Tweet

Everybody remembers their first time. Actually, I don’t recall my first tweet. I am sure it was something that attempted to be funny though. 

Recently, I have had the privilege to help three different people send out their first tweets for their organizations. It’s always kind of cool for me personally when that happens. For some reason beginners have a little fear about tweeting but once they hit that send button for the first time and you see that smile cross their face…you know they are hooked.

As I type this, people are teasing the Governor of Maine for his first tweet. And they should be as it has several missteps in it. If you have been to one of our Social Media classes you know there is no right way to do Social Media, but there are plenty of wrong ways:

  • Don’t use your first tweet to tell people to find you on Facebook.
  • If you ask them to find you on Facebook, at least put a link to your page.
  • You won’t need to introduce yourself…that’s what your bio is for.
  • Don’t start the promotion machine right way. Save the chest beating to sprinkle into your message schedule as you gain an audience.

A couple of things to think about before your second tweet:

  • How will I join the conversation?
  • What can I do to remain genuine in my messages?
  • Who will I follow that will provide me quality and enjoyment in my own twitter stream?
  • Where will my future followers find my twitter info outside of twitter so I can engage them?

I could give you all the answers to those questions but I’d ask that you look within yourself and your communications plan before you listen to me. Still need answers after that? Let’s talk.

See also: How To Succeed At Twitter

Happy tweeting!

Gus Wagner

Gus Wagner is the President.Owner of The Rocket Group – an award-winning marketing and communications firm headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri which serves clients across North America. The Rocket Group has specialized in building effective tools across traditional means and new media for clients in businesses, organizations, and nonprofits since 2001. Gus is also a five-time certified Social Media Strategist, a former Chief of Staff in the Missouri State Senate, a retired national champion amateur hockey coach, and a would like to be a singer/songwriter.