Hello Twitterers! You may have been using Twitter for a while but did you know how you’ve contributed to making Twitter a popular social networking service website? Since it’s launch in July 2006, the service has quickly climbed the ladders of success.
As of 2012, there are more than 500 million registered users on Twitter. And what’s more? They are generating over 340 million tweets daily! No wonder, Twitter ranks as one of the ten ‘most visited’ websites on the Internet today.
You are one of those 500 million users and out of the 340 million tweets, about a 100 are yours! I hope you are having plenty of fun and are enjoying subscribing with and following other users and most of all twitting your ‘Tweets’ on Twitter-‘ SMS of the Internet‘, as they call it.
Did you say you’re not? Has it become more of a chaos than fun? Hmm, looks like you are suffering from a ‘TweetBlock‘.
What is a Tweet Block?
Have you ever heard of the term ‘Writer’s block’? If you know what it is, you know what a tweet block is. No problem if you haven’t heard of it. I’ll tell you.
Writer’s block is a condition when the author or writer can’t think about what to write. It could be temporary condition or could last for years.
“Writer’s block is an inability to begin or continue writing for reasons other than lack of basic skill or commitment.”~Mike Rose
So it doesn’t mean the writer doesn’t have the skill to write or is not committed to his work. He can’t just come up with fresh ideas or doesn’t have an inspiration to write about. There cold be some many reasons. I could end up writing a whole book about it!
Just like a writer’s block, ‘TweetBlock’ is a condition when a Twitterer can’t think of what to tweet. If you are undergoing it, there is no need to panic. It is perfectly normal. Even the most famous writers, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, for instance, have undergone this condition and become normal again. So can you. Even if you feel normal now, there’s a good chance you may fall a prey to TweetBlock. But you can always get over it or avoid it completely in the first place as prevention is always better than cure.
How to Avoid a Tweet Block in the First Instance
If you have been using Twitter for a while, it is very likely that you could get a TweetBlock. That’s because you have, most probably, by now plenty of followers and there are so many people out there whom you follow as well. Managing such a large number or tweets and retweets can become a chore and eventually lead to a TweetBlock.
Don’t worry! You don’t have to give up using Twitter when this happens. A TweetBock can be avoided if you become more organised and start managing your tweets today. Just follow the steps below:
Step One: Group Together
Look out for the most popular tweets and your followers who retweet most frequently. Group them according to the popular topics these tweets have been about. Lets say you received the most retweets about Olympics 2012 or you posted a picture of your artwork and people started taking great interest in it. You can group your most popular tweets in groups such as ‘ Olympics’ and ‘Artwork’. You at once know what are the topics in-demand on twitter.
Step Two: Time Your Tweets
When you start finding out the most popular tweets on your twitter page, you can at the same time keep a record of the times these tweets were posted. This will give a rough idea of the time you should be tweeting so that a maximum number of people can view them.
Step Three: Ditch Less Popular Tweets
There is no need to tweet all the time and on any topic. Once you have found out the most popular time and topic trends , follow them and ditch all the less popular stuff you or someone else has posted. That will avoid wasting your time as well as that of others.
Step Four: Organise Your Ideas:
If you have an idea to tweet about a popular or trending topic, jot it down at once before it washes off your brain. Make use of Twitter tools like ‘Tweetdeck’ to help you schedule your tweet. Let the technology do the work for you at the right time so that you don’t panic when you’re struck for ideas.
So it’s that simple. Just manage it well so that you know what you are doing and you will have nothing to panic about when you are out of ideas out are suffering a TeetBlock.
What to Tweet When You get a TweetBlock?
Hopefully by now you have got a few tips on how to avoid a tweetblock, but what to tweet if you are already suffering from one? Many a times, I’ve read people tweeting as ‘Suffering from a Tweet Block’ or ‘Got a TweetBlock again’. How lame is that!
It is better to not write anything when you get a TweetBlock. Trust me, it doesn’t make a difference if you do not tweet for a few hours or even a couple of days. It isn’t the end of the world. Allow yourself to settle down and relax. When you’re fresh and ready with new ideas, you could start tweeting again. Why tell the rest of the world about suffering from a TweetBock. They will only have negative thoughts about you.
However, here we’ll tell you how you can come up with some creative and exciting stuff even when you get a TweetBlock. Below are some of the simplest and easiest ways to tweet when you get a TweetBlock:
Use Simple Words
It is very helpful to engage with your followers and make them feel as if you know them. If you do not tweet and encourage them, you would fail in making a long-term relationship with them. If they admire your posts, replying back courteously with a ‘Thank you’ is enough. It’s as simple. You can always tweet those who have posted some really genuine and cool stuff by appreciating their work by saying: ‘Very nice’, ‘Loved it’, ‘ Inspired’ or any other simple words which come to your mind then. You don’t have to post extraordinary replies always.
Share Cool Content
If you are an artist, for instance, an article on artwork or an oil painting by someone might catch your attention at once. Think that if it caught your attention so easily, it may help catch attention of your friends too. Such articles, pictures or blog posts can always be shared with your friends if you think it is really ‘cool.’ This provides you with an easy means to keep your profile updated without having to do much.
Nothing left to say. Just ask a random question. It could be ‘ What’s your favourite icecream?’ I’m sure people would love to answer. They always want to tell others about themselves. You may just discover some icecream flavours you’ve never known or icecream parlours or places where you can buy yourself a delicious icecream.
Share the News
Reading a newspaper, listening to it on a radio while driving or watching the news on TV can provide you a lot of useful material to tweet about on twitter. Discuss the weather, an accident, an amazing discovery or whatever you found on the news was exciting. For most people, weather is the topic that always works. Even the dumbest person on earth can talk about weather.
As soon as you open Twitter’s homepage, you’ll come across a list of ‘Trending Topics’, the topics which are the most talked about on Twitter. Why not use those topics to start off with. They are already catching public’s attention.
If you know of an interesting fact or have just come across one. Just tweet about it and get to know what people think about it. You could post something like: “A carb called coconut crab cannot only crack open a coconut; it can live as long as 60 years!” You’ll end up having an interesting conversation about it for sure.
Post a Picture
Nothing to say. Why not just post a picture? It could be about anything: a picture you took yourself or an interesting one you came across over the internet. There can’t be anything easier than that.
Tweet about Yourself
If there’s nothing else to say, there’s something about you that needs to be shared. It could be a hobby, something you like to do or are planning to do. Find out for yourself what others have to say about it.
Psychoanalysts have suggested numerous strategies for coping with writer’s block. Some of these are:
- Listening and Reading
- Brain storming
- List making
- Getting Inspirations
You could use all these to overcome a TweetBlock. The solutions aren’t very difficult to practice. You just need to find friends or relatives you can have discussions with. If you can’t find them, just read a book, listen to what others are saying or a radio or TV. Jot down ideas, make a list of them or just brainstorm them on a paper. Encourage yourself to do it and ask others to encourage you as well. You will definitely end up coming with more useful ideas and stuff to talk about and share with others.
Getting a TweetBlock is no fun, but you can get over it quickly and easily. Happy tweeting!