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How To Make New Friends on Twitter

As a social networking site, Twitter is one of the biggest online places where you can meet people from different cultures and orientations.

But more than knowing what people from the other side of the world are liking at the moment, what’s important is getting the opportunity to be acquainted with future friends may also be interested in the same things or might even live in the same locality.

You can meet some of the best friends you will ever have in your life by searching for them in a few discussion places on Twitter.

1. Creating your account.

If your primary goal is to make friends on Twitter, make a very interesting profile and home page.

You should include a casual picture of yourself, as well as complete the bio to let others know about the things you are interested in, your background and a few of your personal information, like your birthday and city.

Be careful not to provide very specific information, such as your mobile or home phone number and full address, or you might be the target of unscrupulous individuals online.

2. Search for friends.

One of the initial steps includes using the “Find People” tool on Twitter who you can relate with through Twitter or email.

You can also search existing friends on Twitter by typing in their username or name. Using keywords will make the search a lot easier. Just add the keyword to the name of existing friends then begin the search.

3. Follow and be followed.

The “Follow” function is one of the most frequently used on the social media site. You have to option of following or unfollowing individuals online who you find most interesting.

You will see how their posts automatically appear on your feeds when you log in. You can also be followed by others online. This way, you build your list of friends and can use other functions like tagging, retweeting and sending direct messages as needed.

4. Share content.

Post original and useful content regularly to stay visible.

It is more likely that people will follow your account if you seem interesting and friendly. People will only follow you if you are deemed relevant to their particular interests and online objectives.

Continue growing your community and tell others that you follow back if they choose to follow you online.

5. Initiate activities.

There are several types of posts that will make your account more inviting to potential friends and contacts.

Ask questions about relevant or interesting subjects. Tag people and share information you find in other places online.

You can also start contests or provide rewards for answers and responses. The idea is to create a very interactive and lively account that people will regard as worthy of following.

6. About directories.

Include your account in online Twitter directories to improve visibility. People related to your interesting topics will most likely become part of your network.

7. Use hashtags.

Hashtags are also an indispensable tool that will bring in the right type of people who have a bigger chance of sharing the same interests.

Hashtags are arranged by Twitter according to type and relevance, so there’s a very big chance that the individuals reading and joining the discussions are the very same ones that you would like to have as friends.

Of course, you don’t make friends on Twitter if you don’t actively engage in conversations or reach out to like-minded individuals. Step out of your comfort zone and deliberately try to connect to see you follower numbers rise significantly in no time.

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