One of the best Twitter strategies for entrepreneurs is to implement Mr. Tweet, the self proclaimed “Your Personal Networking Assistant”, recommendations. Much like the strategy behind Linkedin recommendations, Mr Tweet recommendations allow Twitterers the opportunity to recommend their favorite Twitterers. The twitter strategy in utilizing favorites can be used in conjunction with your Mr.Tweet Twitter strategy.
There are two methods to writing a recommendation on Mr. Tweet. You can utilize the Mr. Tweet internal search engine to find people you want to recommmend or you can allow Mr.Tweet to suggest people you may wish to recommend:
The recommendation box provides a description of the Twitterer you will recommend. The box below allows you plenty of space to write a solid recommendation. Note once you have written the recommendation, Mr.Tweet has an option that will automatically tweet your recommendation for you.
Twitter-Mr.Tweet Recommendation Strategies
Networking: by recommending someone whose work you covet but do not have a personal relationship with, you can open up the lines of communication by recommending their work
Exposure: when you recommend people, other Twitterers notice the time and effort you put in to help people
#Followfriday: on a follow Friday recommend people in your network in conjunction with your #followfriday efforts
Genuine: be genuine and acknowledge what makes the person you recommend special aka what is their differentiating factor? If you are not familiar with a person’s work, do not try to fake a recommendation
Automatic Tweet: always check the option box at the end of your recommendation that allows Mr.Tweet to immediately tweet your recommendation. This will maximize the amount of exposure your recommended Twitter will receive and exposure for your efforts as someone willing to help others
Twitter is one of the most robust resource for links, ebooks, pdf, and information available to any entrepreneur, job seeker, or business person today. I use Twitter for 85% of my content research for both of my blogs deansguide and innerarchitect. One of the best strategies once you have found your nuggets of information is to use the “Favorites” option on your Twitter home page.
Favorites is found on the right side bar beneath the “Direct Messages” section and above the “Search Box” area that allows Twitterers to search the site for keywords.
How Does it Work?
When you find an important link to an article that you wish to keep for future reference, you can move your cursor into the right side of the tweet message. On the far right side, invisible until you move your cursor over it, are two icons. The top icon is a star which denotes a “favorite.” By clicking on this star, you will have “saved” the tweet with the important link for future reference
Research Strategy: Favorites
Here are the uses the Favorites section provides for your research on Twitter:
Repository: container that holds all your coveted tweets with important content links
Personalize: your selections are a valuable library that you build
Recognition: take inventory to determine who provides the most value and then RT aka retweet their content as often as possible
Create: create a spreadsheet or list of the top 5 Twitterers who provide you the most valuable content that is contained in your Favorites “library.” Tweet the results of your “Top 5 Favorites”
#FollowFriday: take your top content providers from your Favorites section and recognize them by recommending them with a #followfriday tweet