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No Thank You On Twitter, Please: 5 Top Alternatives

Before you freak out, read the post. (Don’t worry, my mama raised me right.)

  • Michael Brenner talked this week about thanking people on Twitter and was kind enough to mention me personally and the article I wrote for Jorgen Poulsen and his site, Catalyst Partnership.
  • A nice fella commented here on my BadRedheadMedia site that he thanks every single person who follows and RTs him.
  • A girlfriend with a very large following on Facebook said she can’t keep up with all the ‘thank you’s and your welcomes’ on all her social media and get her writing done so she just checks in when she can.

My overall thought: when all you do is say THANK YOU FOR THE RT or THANK YOU FOR THE FOLLOW, you are diluting all the hard work you’ve put into creating your branded presence.

Why create a personal brand if you’re going to make people jump hurdles to find it?

Because when people visit your stream, they see a creatively thought out tweet, hashtags on your keywords, links to interesting content, and then a rash of THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Think about it: do you want to follow someone when the majority of their content is simply a bunch of THANK YOU’S? It’s like trying to get to customer service with your bank. Ya know, the live kind.

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Where’s the beef? Where’s the person?

Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t thank people. You absolutely should.

So, how to solve this quandary?

I’m gonna tell you. Cause I’m bossy like that.

1. Bitch it up: thank them for the RT or follow but also insert a funny quip or saying. Use a keyword or phrase. Be yourself (which is your brand anyway) while still thanking them.

For example, on my personal @RachelintheOC stream, I’ll mention something about Nutella, martinis, or #Mancode in the thank you. This is still representative of my brand, my personality, and I’m still thanking them.

2. Use DMs: highly underutilized. Do you thank people individually on your public stream so they will feel good or so everyone else will see what a great person you are? Yea.

‘Use the Force, Luke. Let go.’

Use a Direct Message. It’s much more personal to thank someone privately (unless that person says they never check DMs, which I find is quite rare).

And I don’t mean one of those automated DMs thank you services. Take a second and do it yourself.

3. RT them back: Twitter is very karmic. If someone RTs you, take a look at their content. If you find them to be within your interests, RT something of theirs. This increases your interaction and your secondary reach (since your Twitter handle is shown on their stream) as well as their secondary reach (same concept). Then if someone else RTs you and them, you have tertiary reach. And if someone else RTs all y’all, well, I don’t know what comes next. Fouthiary? (I know. Quaternary — but who says that?)

Read this and pay attention: the simple few seconds it takes you to scan and find something of theirs worth RTing is worth far more to them than a THANK YOU FOR THE RT on your stream, particularly if your following is much larger. This is a generous thing to do.

*If you’re on Triberr, use the REBLOG feature which is quite nifty.

4. Follow their blog: A few more seconds, sure. But take some time to go follow their blog, even make a comment! I recommend my clients go to at least five blogs each day and comment. This is a wonderful way to interact with people outside of Twitter and find rich content.

5. Follow them back: Twitter is based on a ‘trust model’ (shout out to @Dino_Dogan for explaining that to me) as I’ve mentioned before. This means you can follow someone, see their stream, etc but there is no obligation for them to follow you back (of course, DMs won’t work). {This differs from Facebook, as you cannot interact with people without both of you following each other back. Though you can leave private messages for each other. Which is weird.}

I believe you should curate a targeted, quality stream. This is why I personally follow all of my tweeps myself and eschew automated programs like Tweet Adder – whom Twitter recently filed suit against for spamming.

Point is, you are under no obligation to follow anyone back. However, if someone follows you and they are not a pornbot (unless you like that kind of thing and really, I don’t want to know) or weird spammer, give them a look. They went out of their way to follow you (even if it was through automation), so at least review their account to determine if they fit your follow criteria.

  • There are many more ways you can thank people: send them email. Subscribe to their newsletter. Look them up on Facebook. Buy their book! Introduce them to someone else. Offer them a guest post….

SPAM: One final note of caution for Twitter newbies and vets alike: avoid #TeamFollowBack (or any other Twitter ‘trains,’ which is different than a hashtag meme — something I’ll review in a future post); don’t beg for follows (ugh); and never, ever send the same message (spam) to hundreds of people (particularly with a link) asking/begging/demanding ANYTHING.

(For the record, I get those requests daily on both my accounts. We all do. I block and report for spam. Because you are spamming. It leaves a bad taste in our mouths. So stop it.)

That’s it for today. I hope I’ve given you some ideas to expand on your Thank You repertoire.

How do you thank people? Do you agree or disagree? Share your ideas and experiences below!

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