Smart Twitter Use: Don't Let It Run Your Life!

October 19, 2012
Many are becoming concerned about the use of social media sites and how these have inched their way into the daily routine. Most of us are bothered by the fact that these platforms are becoming a distraction in our daily activities and obligations. Spending time on Twitter can take up a few hours of your day, thereby leaving a lot of work that should have been done yesterday. Before you know, your work has piled up and you find yourself paying for your Twitter sins and racing against time. There are a few rules to live by if you wish to make visits more productive and enjoyable, at the same time finishing other objectives.

1. Plan your time ahead.

Before you log on to Twitter, set your watch so that you only spend a fixed amount of time on the site. It?s important that you follow the schedule and set the alarm so that you can immediately log out, no exceptions. Many do not mind the time thinking that they?re only going to be online for a few minutes and then realize later that they?ve already wasted a few hours. Setting the alarm for 30 to 45 minutes will keep you glued to the details without spending more than what?s necessary.

2. Adding value.

Twitter users should learn how to put value in their tweets by carefully considering the content and not merely copying or retweeting others? messages. There are ways to stay professional and even gain new followers, such as tweeting about related and helpful topics, focusing on a particular group or market and avoiding useless quotes and posts. Limit your tweets daily. If you feel that the tweet may not truly be relevant, refrain from posting at all.

3. Follow the right people.

Always review the profile of user accounts first before deciding to follow. This will prevent your account from being flooded by posts that might not truly be relevant or interesting to you. Create a Twitter community? composed of the right accounts that will be helpful in providing useful information for your particular goals. You should also learn how to follow back based on the credentials of your followers. Look for mentors and leaders online who can serve as guides on the proper way to post and share information.

4. Set your objectives.

Determine your specific objectives in joining Twitter. Some individuals simply wish to communicate and socialize. There are also others who wish to boost their professional development. Others are seeking constant news and updates from leaders of different parts of the world. Others are leading a campaign or featuring an upcoming event. Determine the specific program and goal then choose the right community. Also, share messages that are associated with your specific objectives so you also get replies that align with these.

5. Set alerts and limitations.

There are features and applications that allow you to set alerts and block sites and other distractions to maximize your stay on the website. You can view your Twitter usage and find out how much time you spend on certain areas, too. There are applications that limit your stay on the website, at the same time keep you from going to sites that might only waste time. Users can indicate the period and set the time limit accordingly. Overall, Twitter is fun, but it can be too much that you get lost in the program and find that you have less and less time to do the things that truly matter. Following these rules will guarantee that you make the most out of your visit on Twitter each time. Hopefully, this will also boost your value to a lot of potential followers.

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