Twitter Tips and Tricks That Don’t Work Anymore

Okay. I admit it. I’m guilty. I’ve posted and shared a Twitter tip that doesn’t actually work anymore, and I’ll remove it from my repertoire. In fact, finding out that this Twitter tip doesn’t work is what lead me to create this post. I wanted to know what other Twitter tips and tricks I had been telling you about, if any, that weren’t actually true anymore.

In many of my tweets, I like to share some really helpful or not-so-well-known social media tips, and I even created a blog post sharing 50 Tweetable Tips for You and Your Business with many of them listed, including the offending tip I mentioned above. So when I find out my tips are no longer useful, I would like to help set the record straight, so you don’t attempt to use the Twitter tips and tricks, find out that they don’t work, and get discouraged!

So, what is this tip that doesn’t work? Which twitter trick should you stop wasting your time on? Well before I get to that, let me share some Twitter tips and tricks that DO work! It wouldn’t be much of a blog post if all I told you was what isn’t working anymore. I’m much nicer than that! ;)

Twitter Tips and Tricks That DO Work

  1. TwitterTip: Make your tweets only 100-120 characters long to make retweets much easier. This is still a very valid tip. If you create a shorter tweet, your followers have room to add a comment or “RT @YourAccount” to the tweet without changing the message too much, if at all.
  2. TwitterTip: Tweets with images get 2 times as much engagement as those tweet without images. This is still true. You’ve heard it, visual, visual, visual! People are visual and social media is definitely following that trend, so if you have a particular tweet you want more engagement, than try to make a visually pleasing image to attach to it.
  3. TwitterTrick: Check out your followers’ followers. When someone new follows you, check out their followers to find some accounts that could lead to some great engagement for your own Twitter account.
  4. TwitterTrick: When someone new follows you, retweet one of their messages to begin a relationship and engage the account. If they respond, and hopefully they do, if you’re looking at engaging accounts, you can begin conversations.

So, now that I’ve given you some pretty good Twitter Tips and Tricks that DO work, how about those Twitter Tips and Tricks that DON’T work? Okay, you’ve twisted my arm. ;)

Twitter Tips and Tricks That Don’t Work Anymore

    1. Add a period or really anything before someone’s Twitter handle so the tweet is public. If you don’t, the only people that can see it will be you and the person you are talking to, plus both your followers. This is no longer true and admittedly, I can’t tell you when it stopped being that way. Don’t believe me? Please let me note, these following accounts were NOT adding a period or anything in front of the Twitter handles, and to further verify, I signed in, unfollowed one of the accounts, and opened a different conversation between the account and another that I’ve never followed.


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  1. If you want to hide your tweets from your followers, because, perhaps, you are participating in a Twitter chat, or are live tweeting, just begin your tweet with @HideTweet. I have NO idea where I first saw this, but it is definitely not true. I’m not even sure this ever worked, but supposedly, the account for @HideTweet was specifically made for this purpose. In fact, if you did follow this advice, your tweets would look rather unattractive to retweet. No good.
  2. Use ClickToTweet in order to create a link with a custom tweet to embed in a blog post for free. Unfortunately, this was one of my favorite Twitter tips and tricks, but ClickToTweet is no longer a free service and you can only create five of these such links before you are required to pay a monthly fee to continue. UGH!

So maybe you learned something new here, and you enjoyed the Twitter tips and tricks that DO work, or maybe you’re like me and surprised by the Twitter tips and tricks that don’t work anymore. If you couldn’t tell, I was really surprised by that first one! Everything I have ever known about Twitter, this was definitely one of the most trustworthy Twitter tips I knew of! The third sort of sucked, but there are always workarounds, right?

Comments: 3

  • David Duffy says:

    You say ‘Add a period or really anything before someone’s Twitter handle so the tweet is public. If you don’t, the only people that can see it will be you and the person you are talking to, plus both your followers. This is no longer true.’

    I don’t know if it’s your description but to clarify this rule has not changed. If you DO NOT put a period (or any character) as the first character in a tweet and immediately followed it with @username then only people who follow BOTH you AND @username will be able to see it in their feed. If you DO put a period (or any character) there (.@username) then it is publicly available to your followers and @username’s followers in their feed regardless of whether they follow both or just one of yo.

    Of course this isn’t a DM – both of these techniques will still mean that the tweet is publicly displayed on your timeline and will be visible if I go to your Twitter page. All the best :-)

  • David, I appreciate you giving me this information in such a polite and respectful manner! I have edited my article on my website ( and given you some credit for setting me straight! Thanks again, I really appreciate it!

  • Erin says:

    It looks like ClicktoTweet is still free for up to 5 links per month. After that, it’s about $5 per month. Still not too bad!

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