I’ve had a twitter account since June of 2010, and like many longtime advocates of Twitter, I’ve bemoaned the evolution of Twitter from a place to find like-minded souls and carry on conversations to just another social media marketplace. But wait; is it The Twitter or The user? I believe it’s a little bit of both. On the one hand, it is more salesy than it was eight years ago, but on the other hand, one can still find great conversations if they know where to look and what to do. Here are six examples of how to start a conversation on Twitter.

How to  Start a Conversation on Twitter  

Join Twitter Chats

There are Twitter chats for almost any topic under the sun. Regardless of your passion – there’s a chat. My favorite is  #DigiBlogChat . Every Tuesday at 4:00 EST Carol Stephens and Larry Mount lead us through questions about blogging, social media, marketing, and more. I’ve never met my fellow DBC friends F2F, but friends they are. It’s like the old days when I first learned that social media is IRL (in real life). So, if you want to find that twitter conversation sweet place like the old days, then search for a chat and jump in.

Respond

Thank people for retweets, but take it further by continuing the conversations. Rather than stopping at “Thanks for the RT” share additional information or ask the retweeter a question such as, “What did you take away from the post?”

Here’s one I’ve gotten away from, conversing with new followers. Don’t just thank them for the follow, also ask them a question or make a comment based on their bio. For example, “I see you’re a gardener, flowers, veggies, or both?”

Ask Questions

It can be as simple as, “Share one word that describes your day?” I tweeted this question recently, and several people replied to which I continued the conversation based on their answer.  Seek advice like, “What would you do?” or “What are your thoughts?”

Share Quotes

My friend Robby Slaughter shares quotes on Twitter throughout the day. I’ve not asked him, but I believe most, if not all, the quotes are original. The same old boring quotes may work, but if you write, simply scan your work for usable quotes. For example, I’ve published two books on leadership as well as hundreds of blog posts. I have a steady supply of leadership quotes to share. Most of my #leadership tweets gain RT’s and likes to which I comment hoping to begin a conversation on one of my favorite topics.

Post Images

Twitter might not be as image-driven as Instagram or Snapchat, but photos and videos do make a difference. Finished product, behind the curtain, and featured customers all attract a crowd. And GIF’s can be fun and funny.

Don’t be Square be There to Share

Retweet, reply, and like, but do more than that, be a conversation starter. Ask questions, make comments, and add to the conversation. One of the keys to this is staying connected and involved. With the trends towards increased automation, I’ve talked to marketers that don’t look at their Twitter feed for days at a time. It’s difficult to be part of the conversation if you’re not in the room.  So, there’s the bottom line. If you want to start a twitter conversation, if you want to be part of the Twitter convo crowd you can’t leave it all up to IFTT. If you do who will you have to converse with?

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