13 Tweet Ideas You Can Use on Twitter

One thing that I love about Twitter is that the written word reigns supreme. On Twitter, the story is told through concise messaging. Though the tweet is occasionally sprinkled with images and GIFS, the words are primarily the vehicle of the tweet. Using the right words with a little extra is essential for getting good engagement and establishing a strong community.

But sometimes, it can be hard to think of things to write about. In this post, you can find 13 tweet ideas that you can use on Twitter. Of course, the ideas found in this post is not all-inclusive. Feel free to expand upon the idea and add a little bit of flair and a little of you into it. After all, the most successful social media campaigns are ones that are planned, engaged, and most importantly, authentic.

13 Tweet Ideas You Can Use On Twitter

1–Tell us what you are most passionate about.

2–Ask a ‘Would you rather….?’ question.

3–Tell us what you are eating for dinner.

4–Ask a ‘This or That?’ question.

5–Tell us what your hobby is.

6–Ask a ‘What are your plans?’ question.

7–Tell us what your biggest pet peeve is.

8–Ask a “Why?” question.

9–Tell us what your hopes and dreams are.

10–Ask a “Yes or No” question.

11–Tell us what you are working on.

12–Ask us a “What do you predict…?” question.

13–Tell us one random personal detail about you.

Similar to any two-way communication, using Twitter is a bit like give and take. You should give and receive information from the audience. They learn about you, and you learn about them. Craft tweet messages to help show the best possible, authentic version of your personal brand. Craft messages to show who or what your brand is. At the same time, always be willing to give the same courtesy back.

What would you add to this list?

How to Craft That Perfect Tweet

How To Craft That Perfect Tweet

Twitter is a powerful microblogging social media platform. It’s superpower is not just words but the ability to create good, lasting content in as few characters as possible. Many people struggle with writing; many more struggle with creating content that is short and to the point. In the social media age, this is a must. Failure to do so can result in less replies, less shares, and ultimately less engagement.

I am here to share with you seven tips and tricks that I have used to help me craft that perfect tweet.

1–Use Call-to-Actions

You’ve got to make the tweet compelling. You’ve got to give the audience a sense of urgency. You can do this by providing a call-to-action. Ask questions. Start a poll. Tell them to download something. Provide a link to a blog or a website. Whatever it is, get them to do something.

2–Use Visuals

In the word-dominated world of Twitter, pictures or GIFs can be used to help make your tweet stand out. Post a picture of something that you are passionate about. Post a funny GIF in a tweet or a response. If appropriate, add emojis to show how you feel.

3–Use Active Verbs

Use active verbs; don’t use passive ones.

4–Don’t Use Adjectives

It’s about the action that you want from the audience. It’s not so much about how pretty something is. Don’t use descriptive words. Use only the words that are absolutely necessary.

5–Use 0-2 Hashtags

Don’t use more than two hashtags. This is not Instagram. Using just one or two hashtags is sufficient. In some cases, it is better to not use hashtags at all. Just let the message speak for itself. If it’s a good one, then it will spread like wildfire.

6–Keep It Short

There’s a reason why the maximum character limit on Twitter is 280. Write short, simple sentences. Save the fluff for the book.

7–Give Value

Every tweet that you compose should give value. Ask yourself how this message can help the audience. Are you offering a service, a freebie, or information? We always write tweets for our audience.

Overall, keep the tweet simple, short, and to the point. Use images and hashtags only if it is necessary. Always make sure to have a call-to-action. Always give value to the audience.


What would you add to this list?

See also: The Five Best Ways To Increase Your Traffic on Twitter

4 Features on Twitter You May Not Know About

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It’s 2010 and I’m sitting at my computer in my bedroom. On a whim, I decide to check out Twitter. I create an account and mentally cheer myself on as Twitter notifies me that my registration is successful. I then create my very first tweet, something along the lines of “my first tweet yay.” I then stare at Twitter blankly for a few minutes and then exit out.

That was my very first experience with Twitter. I joined because I was curious and I knew that it was a social media platform like Facebook. But at the time, I didn’t know how much of an impact it would have on me today.

Today, I’ve come to love and appreciate Twitter for what it is. It is a social media platform which allows its users to connect and share concise messaging. We can use Twitter to read and share news, promote and market our brand, and even keep tabs on celebrities and politicians. We can use Twitter to share about our day and our lives.

A lot has changed since 2010 when I first opened my account. Now, Twitter has made it easier and more convenient to use this platform for all of our needs. In this article, I will list five features of Twitter that you may know about but have never used.

1–Lists

In the left hand sidebar, you can click on “Lists.” Lists are a handy feature that allows you to group Twitter accounts by category. You can create as many lists as you like about any topic, and then start adding the users to them. You can make the lists private or public. You can even pin the lists to the top for easier access.

What I like most about this feature is how I can easily access tweets by certain people. For example, I created a list called “Bloggers.” Whenever I seek some blog reads or blogging inspiration, I can just head on over to this list and start scrolling through the tweets.

Another thing I like about this feature is that I can see whose lists I’m on. After clicking “lists,” I then click on the three dots in the top right part of the page, and then click on the “Lists you’re on” tab that pops up. This will show me which lists I’m in. This is a great way to help me connect with other users who have similar interests.

2–Bookmarks

Above “Lists,” you can click on the “Bookmarks.” You can use this feature to bookmark tweets. Let’s be honest, with millions (billions!) of tweets out there, it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Sure, you can always search for it. Another option would be to save it. You can save any tweet, written by anyone, and then place it quickly and easily in this folder. You can bookmark any tweet by clicking on the up arrow icon located at the bottom of every tweet.

I love to use it to keep track of tweets that I’ve written and know that I want to be able to access it later. For example, if I created a poll and want to keep track of the results, I can bookmark it so that I can view it later. Or, if I saw a witty and clever saying, I can bookmark it, in addition to retweeting and liking it of course. It’s a really handy tool for writers, or anyone really, who like to create a space for all things they can seek inspiration from.

3–Moments

Using the “More” link, you can find your “Moments”

You can make some fun moments on Twitter. You can access it by clicking on the “More” in the left hand sidebar, and then clicking on “Moments” once a tab pops up. Twitter Moments are like Instagram Stories. You can create a story consisting of tweets, complete with a picture to wrap it up nice and pretty.

I personally have only used this feature once, a few years ago. I created some tweets about, well, me. That is, I wrote various, random facts about me.

In the future, I plan to use Twitter Moments to highlight inspirational writing advice or the best blog posts. Another way to use Twitter Moments would be to ask a question to the Twitter community and then make a story with the answers that you receive. There’s a lot you can do using Moments to get the community talking about your brand.

4–Topics

Under the “More” tab, you can find “Topics”

It’s common knowledge that the tweets that you see in your homepage are the tweets that you follow. Well, twitter has a way that you can personalize these tweets and even ads further.

You can choose to follow certain topics that you are interested in or not interested in. For example, you can follow the “Books” topic or the “Health & Wellness” topic and you will see tweets in those niches. Or, you can choose to not follow those topics and you will stop seeing book related or health & wellness related topics in your feed.

I think this feature can help to make your twitter feed truly your own. You aren’t just seeing tweets that your followers post but specifically tweets that you have an interest in.


Which feature on Twitter is your favorite?

5 Things You Should Never Do on Twitter

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Previously, I wrote a post about the five things you should do to increase your traffic on Twitter. Today, I decided to flip that around and talk about five things you should not do on Twitter.

1–Don’t Use Bad Grammar

Even though there aren’t any Grammar Nazis on Twitter (at least, I don’t think so ), it is still a good idea to use correct grammar in your tweets. If I were to wite lik this, then what would your first impression be of me? It wouldn’t be very good, right?

Using good grammar with correct punctuation tells so much about you. For one, it says that that you can read and write English correctly. For another, it shows that that you are credible and coherent.

By writing well, the audience has already formed a good impression of you. And that is all from just using correct grammar.

2–Don’t Give Out Personal Contact Information

This is a given, but I feel like I should mention this here. You should never give out your personal address, phone number, or even your real name. The internet is a very public place, filled with a variety of people, so it is always best to be safe.

Many people use a nom de plume or a username in place of their real name. But if you do have to use your real name because of your account being affiliated with your job or your published works, then please be safe. If you must give out an address for the fans, then please consider getting a P.O. Box. As for a phone number, consider getting a secondary phone, to keep your “work” and “personal” contacts separate.

It pays to be cautious and safe on social media.

3–Don’t Be Rude

In the real world, we are expected to be polite and have decorum. The same rules apply online, even though we can’t see or hear the people we are communicating with. If anything, we should be even more mindful of our behavior and words when we are online because of the permanence of the Internet.

Being rude in your replies or tweets will only cause further animosity. It will cause people to block you. And that will make for a very lonely Internet existence. And who wants that?

4–Don’t Follow Mindlessly

However tempting it may be to go on Twitter and start clicking “follow” next to every username that you see, I advise you to not do that. For one, it is frowned upon by Twitter. For another, following people mindlessly means that you are not giving each person careful consideration. You are just following them for the numbers and not for them, as people.

Even though Twitter is online, it is more important than ever that you give each person basic courtesy by getting to know them. After all, making strong connections is what social media is all about.

5–Don’t Overuse Hashtags

While it is common knowledge that you can use hashtags to help connect your tweets to particular niches or communities on Twitter, it is still not a good idea to use too many. Personally, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am put off by a tweet that has too many hashtags. It sends the message that that person is trying too hard to make connections. I feel that two, or three, good, strong hashtags are sufficient for helping to promote your tweet, account, and ultimately, your brand. Never overuse a good thing.

These are the five things that you should never do on Twitter.

What do you think? What is a big no-no when it comes to social media?

The 5 Best Ways to Increase Your Traffic on Twitter

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Twitter is a “special” kind of social media platform. I use the word special rather loosely because it is different from Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, or Instagram. While all of these platforms have the common purpose of connecting people all over the world, Twitter doesn’t focus on just images or videos or connections. Instead, it focuses more on delivering concise snippets of news or messages to millions — billions — of people.

Twitter is a breathtakingly fast platform with 280 character tweets buzzing through. It is impossible to go through and read every single tweet that is posted (believe me I’ve tried). That means it is extremely vital that you make your tweets stand out. Or else, they’ll get lost in the world that we like to fondly call Twitter-verse.

Twitter-verse is huge, gigantic, ginormous … there are so many tweets zipping through. There are so many twitter users competing for your attention.

So, how do you do it? How do you gain attention and get enough traffic onto your twitter page and beyond?

1–Follow People (Back)

In order to get people’s attention, you have to first seek them out. First, ask yourself what niche or industry you plan on tweeting about. If you are a writer, then use hashtags #writerslift #writingcommunity #amwriting to help you find and connect with other writers. I personally have found the #writingcommunity very supportive.

Follow the people in these groups. Follow people who seem interesting. Follow people you’d love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with at your local Barnes and Nobles. Don’t just follow people for the sake of following them. Instead follow people you geniunely see yourself being friends with. Take a look at their profile, tweets, and retweets.This should give you an idea of who they are and what they are interested in.

2–Participate in Tweet Chats

One of the ways that you can engage with people on Twitter on a shared topic is through tweet chats. There are so many tweet chats out there. Some tweet chats are for nurses, some are for technology gurus, some are for millennials. Check out this page to find a list of tweet chats, which currently boasts over a 1000 chats. With that many, you are bound to find more than a couple that peaks your interest.

I’ve found tweet chats a great way to chat with like minded people who share some of the same interests as I do. Some of the tweet chats that I’ve participated in are #MillennialTalk (for millennials), #writeandwine (for writers), and #SNHUcareerchat (for students and alumni of Southern New Hampshire University).

Remember to take note of the time and date so you won’t be late to the tweet chat!

3–Create Engaging Content

In order to attract followers, you have to create engaging content. Write tweets about what you did that day. Give advice or words of wisdom. Ask questions. Use polls for multiple choice questions because some people just like to click. Use GIFs and emojis. Have fun with it. Make the tweets your own.

But above all, be authentic and honest. Be you. Let your true self come out.

4–Hashtags Are Your Best Friends

When tweeting, remember to use at least three hashtags. Try to make the hashtags relevant to the tweet. Remember that people find your tweets using hashtags. So take extra care to think of a few well chosen hashtags.

For example, let’s say I tweet this: “I just wrote 500 words!”

I would use the hashtags #writingcommunity #amwriting #writerslife. I am tweeting about writing so I would want to connect with other words.

Once you post the tweet, you can then click on the hashtags and check out the communities that exist there. Read what other people have tweeted about under that hashtag. Go to their profiles. Follow the people that you are interested in.

5–Like, Retweet, and Reply Your Heart Out

Once you have a couple of followers, you’ll start to see some tweets on your feed. While you scroll through them, take a moment to like and reply. If it’s a tweet that you find interesting and want to save, then retweet it.

This is your chance to create relevant, engaging conversations with your followers. Get to know them. Learn what they like and what makes them tick. The more you get to know them, the easier it will be to create more content that will have your followers coming back for more.

If you follow these five steps, you will without a doubt increase your traffic on your twitter account. The most important thing that you can do is to be yourself. Be yourself when creating fun, engaging content. Follow people. Participate in tweet chats. Use hashtags. Read and reply to other people’s tweets.

So, go to twitter and have some fun! Maybe I’ll “see”you around!

My twitter account


What do you use to increase your traffic on your twitter account?

The 5 Best Things About Living in America

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Recently, I asked this question on Twitter:

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With everything going on in the US, I was genuinely curious what people really thought and felt about this country.

Growing up, I was raised by a mom, who was probably the most realistic person I’ve ever met. She refused to be swayed in the magic of the American Dream that just seemed to happen out of thin air to some people. She knew that in order for that to be a reality you had to work at it. Nothing in life was free after all. She knew that America wasn’t the land with the golden roads and endless opportunities.

America was real. It was as real as the air that you breathed in inner-city Detroit or the smoke permeating the air in California. Sure, America wasn’t perfect, but neither was life. America is a place where people can dream big and where people can say what they want about whomever they want.

So, the best thing about America, I would have to say, is the freedom.

1–Freedom

We have freedom here in America. We are free to speak our minds. We are free to own and carry a gun, thanks to the second amendment. We have freedom to walk outside and organize a protest to fight against injustice. We have the freedom to fight for what we believe in. As Americans, we are free to do these things because that is what this country was built on. And it is one of the things that attracts so many to come here. Because when people are not free, then they live in fear. And what kind of life is that?

2–Landscape

There is no doubt that America is a very big country. In fact, it is the third largest country in the world, right behind Russia and Canada. Because of that, America boasts so many different types of landscapes. By driving or traveling by train from coast to coast, one can see so much of the terrain. And one can be amazed and in awe at the Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon to the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Every state, including Alaska and Hawaii, has something unique to offer, rather its the climate or the geography, or the mountains or the desert. There is something here for everyone.

3–Diversity

It is definitely no secret that America is a very diverse country. Some countries in other parts of the world are known for being quite mono ethnic. But in America, it is nice to be able to walk outside and see people who have different skin color and features and are of varying heights and sizes. It’s hard for me to imagine what it would be like to live in a country in which everyone have the same ethnic background. For me, as a biracial individual, that would almost be an impossibility.

The fact that there is diversity in this country is what makes America great. Because there is diversity, it gives us more opportunities to learn about people’s backgrounds and cultures. It makes us more open minded and tolerant. Of course, America isn’t perfect and we still have a long way to go to combat some of the internal racism that unfortunately many people are still experiencing today (including yours truly).

But we can combat this racism by first and foremost embracing diversity as one of America’s greatest assets and not as a disadvantage or an annoyance.

4–Strength

America is a very young country, and yet it can’t be denied that America is a very strong country. When an outside force threatens us, then we, as Americans, come together as a unified force. Unity is oftentimes the only thing that can help beat a greater adversity.

I remember after 9/11 happened, so many examples of patriotism cropped up in the media. Even more recently, we were — and continue to be — united during the Covid-19 pandemic. We remained an unbreakable force on social media, even when we were under lock down and physically separated from other Americans. After the tragic murder of George Floyd, so many people risked their good health and lives to speak out against the injustice of it all by marching together.

Whenever something horrible happens, Americans stand together. This unity is what makes America great because it transforms the non-believers into dreamers.

5–Dreams

In America, dreams can come true. At least, that is what I’ve always been told in history books and novels. In America, if you have the idea and the dream, then you can achieve it. In America, if you work hard, then you can move up the social economic ladder and even, eventually, break and shatter the highest glass ceiling. In America, anything is possible if you have a dream and enough nerve to achieve it.

So, America is a country that still has a lot to learn, and it has made a lot of mistakes. But at the same time, it has also done so much good for other people and nations. Because of that, we shouldn’t give up hope on America. We should keep believing that one day, perhaps sooner than we think, America will be even better. As long as we remain united, then all things are possible.

What do you think? What is the best thing about America? Feel free to comment here, or on my twitter thread. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

4 Things I Learned From Twitter

I first signed up for a Twitter account back in 2010 but I only ever started using it as an undergraduate student at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). As a Communications major grad with a degree in Communications, I have taken a lot of courses that emphasized the importance of using social media to increase brand awareness and establish long-lasting, powerful connections. As a student at SNHU, I fully immersed myself in many of the major social media sites, such as Google+, YouTube, and, of course, Twitter.

But it is only in November that I really started to use Twitter. Why, you may ask? One word: Nanowrimo. In addition to the wonderful forum offered on the Nanowrimo site, I found a thriving community of writers on Twitter. Hashtags such as #amwriting, #Nanowrimo, and #Nanowrimo2015 allowed me to connect with other Nanowrimo writers.

But it soon became more than that: I not only connected with other writers, I learned more about Twitter, a social media site, I admit, that I was initially confused about. I am going to highlight four main things that I learned from using Twitter…

4.) Hashtags are King in the world of Twitter. Hashtags are used to categorize tweets. Hashtags help your tweets reach people they wouldn’t ordinarily reach. And let’s face it, it’s interesting to see what the world on Twitter is talking about at any given moment. I am, of course, talking about the Trending Tweets that are updated/posted on Twitter.

3.) Trending Tweets are a quick way to learn what is going on in the world. It’s almost like a cheat sheet. Instead of reading the daily newspaper or checking Google News or the New York Times, you can just check out the Trending Tweets and found out what people in your area, your state/country or even the world are talking about. And then, you can join in on the conversation. Though, of course, you should read up on key issues before tweeting or contributing to the conversation.

2.) Follow people in your industry. Follow people you are genuinely interested in. Follow people you want to network with. These are the people (and their tweets) that you will see in your personal feed when you log on to Twitter. Don’t just follow people just for the sake of gaining followers. Glance at the person’s Twitter page and come up with at least one good reason for following them. Are you following a company that you would love to work for one day? A fellow classmate? Someone who you lost touch with over the years? Or were you inspired by something that they tweeted?

And, finally, the biggest thing that I learned on Twitter:

1.) Engage with your followers. Tweet. Respond. Be interested. Keep them interested. Continue the conversation. Twitter is instant and breathtakingly fast. But that doesn’t mean that you have to be. Show each of your followers the level of care and devotion that you’d want to be given. In short, the golden rule applies here… treat your followers the way that you would want to be treated.

Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to know your thoughts on Twitter. Comment below or tweet me at @hhensell.