I understand that we cannot possibly re-tweet everyone who shares our tweets or blog posts. Each day, I return the favor to my followers who have been really generous with sharing my content. I take about thirty minutes to go through their Twitter or Facebook pages in order to share what I like best.
Another way of giving back is to favorite my followers’ tweets, so I can repost their tweets in the future. In this way, I am still sharing their material – it’s like a drive by hello!
Recently, I started allotting time each week for commenting on other blog sites. I light up when I see fun or constructive feedback on my blog, so I enjoy giving what I hope to receive.
When we take time to promote our social media friends, then when there is an occasion for us to recruit their help to promote our campaign or blog, our friends will be happy to return the favor. However, don’t go to people only when you need something from them. Promote them if you feel that their content fits your feed and when it is time to ask for help, people will help you with enthusiasm.
Recently @ZAGrrl asked me to re-tweet her children’s book, “Further Through The Looking Glass” ow.ly/7FsdY, I was more than excited to share her work. Why? Because @ZAGrrl has been SUPER generous with me over the years we been following each other. (Also, we spent the day together at the Lilith Fair Concert in Boston. ) Remember, you need to build relationships before you direct message people to share your content. This may sound harsh, but you need to earn it first before you ask for it.
I promote my friends by featuring them in my blog posts. I try to support new and different friends in my post to introduce them to my audience. This is a way I say thank you for being supportive in my social media world.
Have you ever wondered why people don’t pay more attention to you? Well, perhaps it is because you have not been posting their content. This quote is fitting: “Don’t be so intent upon your own journey that you forget to help others along the way.”– Unknown
Two friends that I admire very much are Susan Cooper, known as @BuzzEdition on Twitter and Liz Strauss, @LizStrauss have written similar articles on this topic. They bring out a number of other points that you might want to explore. Here are the links:
Top 10 Reasons I Did Not RT Your DM Request http://buzzedition.com/social-media/top-10-reasons-i-did-not-rt-your-dm-request/ by @BuzzEdition
Please Don’t Ask Before You Say Hello and Another 9 Don’ts http://www.successful-blog.com/1/please-dont-ask-before-you-say-hello-and-another-9-donts/ by @lizstrauss
I hope that this post helps you see my perspective. I also wrote some helpful tips in the article, How To Get Noticed on Twitter http://ann-tran.com/2011/06/twitter-101/. This post addresses a similar topic, but with a little different point of view.
How is your social media karma?