Although social media platforms possess different functions, strengths, weaknesses, advantages and utility, I’ve found that Twitter is the most engaging and real-time of them all. What could be more real-time when every other second your Twitter home feed updates and publishes your followers’ update? They could be from all over the world which makes any timezone look non-existent as it updates all the time. Talk about lasting friendships and contacts, yes?

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But how do you sustain that friendship and connection? How do you engage more conversations in Twitter besides being active all the time in it? Watch this video on how I managed to become an online marketer at Empower Network Australia in a span of months here.

Tailored to your interests, Twitter gives tailored suggestions to make timelines interesting and relevant. Tweets, links, media and updates from people you found interesting are going to be the ones that are going to fill up your news feed. Easy and fast, tweets or followers give you more suggestions that are tailored to who you should be following according to your interests.

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Make your tweets short and succinct. Get your point across with 140 characters or less. Use URL shorteners if you need to publish a link and still can talk more.

Schedule tweets and do not spam your followers. Fifteen tweets a day in a span of 5 hours is acceptable compared to 15 tweets in one hour. Be consistent and pace.

Ask questions. Answer some. Other users are also soliciting for advice. Give them. Reply to questions more.

Hashtags (#) are extremely helpful. Your tweet, news and even profile can be easily searchable.

Retweet if you can. Quoting is better. It makes you look less lazy and the user will appreciate you sending in your comments and feedback. Twitter is less lonely if you try to engage in conversations with your followers. Be generous and help others by promoting their tweets. Good karma for you then.

Find users from online marketing organizations that you are in or industries that you have signed up for. Find a niche and encourage discussions with users that share your common interests.

Monitor trends and find out what people are talking about now. Debate, argue, give opinions and it will definitely spark a conversation. Be the first to always break the news. Always stay on top of things.

How much time do you devote to your tweeting? Do you find yourself answering to @Mentions more or basically just typing away status update after status update without even considering your audience? Remember, you are what you tweet! In the beginning, don’t be put off if you don’t have followers yet or mentions. With a little effort and time, you’ll soon be able to use Twitter better.

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* How To Be More Engaging in Twitter blogpost is first published at the 7 Figure Surfer blog. Follow me here  @Number1Income.

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