As I said in earlier posts, Twitter is a social medium. You want to be friendly and have conversations. So, you reply to tweets from other people. Twitter makes this very easy.
Let’s say you’re watching your @Replies very closely, as you should be. Someone mentions you in one of their tweets, so it shows up on your @Replies page (see more about this) and you want to respond. Let me give you a step-by-step example of the process.
In this example, @Loriwords (Lori Woodward Simons) mentioned in her tweet that she just joined my affiliate program. I know this because she mentioned me by my @name and it showed up on my @abstanfield page (see more about this). This is what it looks like there.
If I put my cursor over her tweet, I see a star and an arrow on the right.
The star is to make this a Favorite tweet and the arrow is to reply to what she wrote. When I click on that arrow and Twitter takes me to the update form and automatically enters @Loriwords at the beginning of my tweet. You can see, too, that it takes up 11 characters since it shows I have only 129 characters remaining for that tweet.
I type in my response and click on the update button and voila!
It appears on my page and on the @page of @Loriwords.
Make your replies even more helpful (to you and others)
Note in the example that I didn’t just say “Thanks!” to Lori. If I had wanted to do that, I would have sent her a Direct Message (DM) because only she would know why I was sending her a thank-you tweet. Because my followers will also see what I wrote, they would have no idea why I was thanking Lori.
In my reply, I thanked Lori for joining my affiliate program. That could lead my followers to think “Gosh, I didn’t know Alyson had an affiliate program. I should get in on this!” To help expedite the process of becoming one of my affiliates, I also added the link to the ArtBizCoach.com Affiliate Program page.
Whenever you reply to a tweet, be clear on what you’re replying to so that others can join in the conversation. Either retweet (see #5 on that post) what they originally wrote or add words that explain what you’re talking about.
***One last thing: You don’t have to reply to tweets only when they mention you. Reply whenever you have something to add to the conversation.