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How Do You Talk To People On Twitter – Or Do You Sell, Sell, Sell?

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How do you talk to people on Twitter?Do you ever get frustrated with the speed of Twitter and the fact that many people are only intent on selling? It’s become a giant advertising billboard! My question for you is, how do you talk to people on Twitter?

There seems to be 3 categories:
conversations with only people you know
conversations and Retweets of others you like, follow, and share
Millions and millions of things for sale or the latest “online opportunity”

But what if you only conversed and only with those people that don’t link the heck out of you. Would you use Twitter? I’m going to do a variation of this training and see if I can change how I use Twitter.

New Account

In order to make this work, you will need to create a new account such as I’ve done here. The reason is very simple, to find out how people are engaging and sharing we will need to start off with a clean slate.

A new account will allow you to select only those you wish to follow and interact with. So this challenge will be an attempt to “just talk”…and no promoting allowed!  If you need to get started with Twitter then I would recommend using this guide from their Help Center.

Lets Get Engaged

The purpose of this post and the new account is to attempt to engage, one-on-one, with an individual, regardless if it’s a personal account or an individual speaking on behalf of a company or organization.

As an example, within 5 minutes of setting this account up I found 23 to follow and have already sent 3 tweets; one to introduce myself and the other two in response to someone acknowledging that I followed them.

With millions of users and sellers, it’s so easy to get lost in the maelstrom of Twitter. If you currently have an account take a few minutes and see how quickly the tweets scroll by. It is rather difficult to read them all, depending on how many you follow and how often they post (many use auto-posts and will publish something 5 times a day or more).

Feel Free to Add Me

If you would like to join in on this challenge then please feel free to add me here.

I will certainly do the same so that we may chat online. NOTE: I will not be responding to links that promote or sell and I hope you do the same. This is all about interaction.


This post will have weekly updates so I can share how this has been working. Again, the goal is only to converse, to engage with one another. Lets get a conversation going.

Twitter Insights – Things You Should Know

What is Twitter?

If you’ve ever wanted to understand micro-blogging then Twitter is the best place to start. Each “tweet” can be only 140 characters, which will truly make you focus your writing and say only what needs to be said.

Known as a social networking platform it is equivalent to “texting” but without the cost of a cell phone data plan. That’s pretty cool…if you use it only for that and don’t get caught up in the online hype.

Some Interesting Facts

Did you know this about Twitter:
In 2012 it is estimated that there are some 500 million users
There were some 340 million tweets per day
There were over 1.6 billion search queries per day
Twitter is now one of the 10 top websites worldwide

Source: Wikipedia

Unless you know how to search Twitter it’s like pinning the tail on the proverbial donkey to find someone specifically or even a group of like-minded individuals or businesses.

Tips to Use Twitter

There are some things that you can do to target those that you want to tweet and retweet.

Hashtag – “#”

Use this if you want to search for a certain word or a group; i.e.” #babyboomers” will give you results for this generation of people (and is what I’m using on my new account). When someone uses the same hashtag and name then they will get those results only.

Hashtags are similar to using keywords to find what you are looking for or to indicate what your topic is about. It’s similar to creating a filing system to find things and have become extremely popular on Twitter.

As an example, this is what my new account looks like:

Twitter Screenshot of my account

Over time, I will get followers as well and, with the challenge noted above, will interact and engage with them on a one-to-one base. Of course, I can’t control what they post so the goal will not be to respond to links.


Using the @ Symbol

This is a great way to send your tweet directly to an individual. For instance, on my new account I received “@BoomersBlog” when I followed someone and they acknowledged that.

This is also accomplished by simply using the “retweet” option you will find with each Twitter post. You can also “mention” others in your microblog by preceding their name with the @ sign. If you haven’t received one of these yet you will appreciate the first one; it’s a great feeling when someone believes you’re worth “mentioning” in a post.

Blocking the Unruly

This is a great feature to use if you find you are being spammed, don’t like what someone is saying, or even don’t like the language some use (remember, Twitter is a free social tool and some speak quite openly).

All you need to do is click on their Profile, hit the drop down menu (with the head icon) and hit “Block @…”.

Hopefully you find this post useful and, if you’re like me, would like to have a more engaging and personal experience online. This is very much like the Chat Room I’m a member of and I think it would be extremely valuable to bring those practices to the beast that has become Twitter.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Great tips Rick! I have been frustrated with trying to get the hang of Twitter and actually conversing with real people and not have a sales pitch thrown at me (or me not throwing a sales pitch at someone). Maybe I will start a new account and start with a clean slate as you say!

    • I’m enjoying the new Twitter account. I’ve been getting followers from my niche and am beginning to interact with them. If we’re not careful Twitter just becomes a long link platform that no one reads.

  3. Never been a big fan of using twitter for social marketing, but I can def see the potential behind it. I suppose thing kind of thing is really for people who have established some sort of reputation and have followers who will actively participate in their campaigns. Who knows I might just become one of those people one day 🙂

  4. Hi there.

    A fantastic explanation on how to talk on twitter… The majority, when it comes to online business, don’t really think about that they are selling in their messages. They almos write it out in an selling way through automatic. Instead of trying to sell anything, it’s definitely more converting to show more and sell less. In that way you will get more sales.

    Keep up the good work!



    • Thank you. I really like what you said “show more, sell less”. That’s exactly what I was thinking (but it made for too short of a post:). I read someone complaining on Facebook about the number of ads as well. Social media is no longer social, it has become commercial media.

  5. Hi Rick,
    Love your input on Twitter use! I’m fair;y new to Twitter myself, and have certainly picked up a few tips from you just now. Oh, and I am now following you on Twitter 🙂


    • Thank you very much for the Twitter follow and I followed you back. I’m slowly building up follower but my goal of not adding links and not blindly following others is challenging at times. However, it is also serving as a reminder to offer valuable comments and try to get some interactions going.

  6. Rick, this is an excellent post! I started off in Twitter “spamming” my page and really did not get me anywhere in my marketing. This is a great post to first start engaging people. If they see what you are doing, they will ask you and you will have their attention!

    • Thank you. I watched the video you did on social media and it was excellent as well. I should update this post and let folks know how I’m doing. I gotta say it’s really hard not to add links and just try to start conversations. Thanks for reading.

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