The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tweeters: #5 Build Lasting Relationships

Just like in life, Twitter relationships take time to cultivate. The same sorts of rules apply. Simply following someone’s account won’t make you best friends—there is no substitute for regular, quality interaction around a shared interest.

And, just like friendships, your relationship has to be give and take. No one likes a friend they only interact with every few years who is always asking for a vote—or money!

Asking followers for a favor is okay every once in awhile, but take the time to check in with them regularly. Asking for a favor after following someone that you’ve never met in real life or have had no prior contact with can be perceived as tacky and in bad taste.

Build your relationships online like you would in person.

Are you an Annoying Tweeter?

If you’ve tweeted something like: “Hey @SonicSEO thx 4 following. Vote 4 me in XXX competition,” you’re probably an annoying tweeter.

The good news is that, because Twitter updates so regularly, you have the chance to redefine your presence. Focus on building quality content—people want to interact with friendly, knowledgeable people. Ask for favors sparingly, and only after you’ve established rapport.

Take the time to develop authentic relationships and you’ll be on your way to building a great Twitter presence in no time!