I love Twitter for a lot of reasons. There's a lot to like and a lot of really awesome people using it effectively. But then there are those people who don't use it so well - or at least those who have annoying Twitter behaviors. While this post isn't a full rant, it's a mini rant - about how to properly say thank you on Twitter.
Here's the thing, when someone takes the time and effort to share your content on Twitter, you should take the time to thank them for it.
Yes, it's that simple.
Now, there are various ways you can go about thanking them. And these will vary depending on how you use Twitter but you should still be thanking people.
But, first, let's look at what is NOT a good thank you on Twitter. Retweeting someone's Twitter post that shared your content is NOT a thank you. It is selfish and self-aggrandizing.
All this does is acknowledge that you saw they shared it, but that you'd rather more people see that they shared it. It doesn't thank them for their time. It promotes you. It doesn't thank them for reading your post. It promotes you.
So. STOP. Doing. This. (If you currently do.)
Instead, here is how you should thank people on Twitter.
Say Thank You
I know, crazy concept! But actually saying thank you is the best way to say thank you. Reply to their original tweet (so they know what you're thanking them for) and actually say "thank you". Or "thanks". Or "I appreciate it". Or something else with gratitude.
You can even wish them a lovely day, nice weekend, or other greeting. You can ask them a question or start a conversation with them.
Favorite The Tweet
If you get a lot of shares and notifications or maybe you just don't have enough time to thank everyone, you can at least throw up a "favorite" on the tweet to let the person know you saw it and appreciate it.
When possible though, or when someone writes up a comment or summary of your content in their tweet, take the extra time to thank them.
Tweet their Content
One of the most rewarding ways to thank someone (and, yes, it will take more time) is to share their content as reciprocation for them sharing yours. Take a look at their Twitter feed, find a post or link that is of relevance to you and your audience and retweet it to your followers.
So, there's my thoughts on how to say thank you on Twitter, effectively. But I'd love to hear from you too. How do you say thank you on Twitter? Sound off in the comments below!