Twitter is an incredible tool right at our fingertips. It offers us the chance to broadcast our opinions, visions and queries to a community of hundreds of millions of Twitter users. With over 300 million monthly users, our voices can reach all four corners of the world, allowing us to converse and expand our ideas with the input of others.
Although starting conversations on Twitter sounds like an easy task, it can be daunting to those of us who have put out a few hesitant tweets that have received little or no engagement. To make it a little more manageable, we have collated our top 5 ways to start conversations on Twitter.
- Start by answering someone else’s question. Only 15% of Twitter users actually read the tweets that are posted, meaning that you have a real opportunity to shine if you reply to someones question. People often ask for help on Twitter, so feel free to offer assistance when you can! If you want to connect with specific people, such as leaders in your industry, put them into a Twitter list so that you can view their tweets without having to sort through everybody else’s.
- Share a controversial opinion, this works particularly well if the subject is currently being talked about in the news, however remember to remain sensitive. Debates are an excellent way of engaging others, but remember that conversations can become heated, so keep this in mind when using this tactic.
- Reply to people’s comments. This one seems obvious, but it is amazing to see how many people let a conversation drop after just one turn. You can use a tool like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to track conversations between yourself and other people. This way you can be certain to know when you should come back with a reply.