Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The 5 Step "Stargate" Guide To Twitter (Teal'c Edition)
Here are 5 ways to rock Twitter like Teal'c from Stargate SG-1:
1. Be Succinct
Teal'c was the classic strong but silent type. He would get his point across with just one or two words. Even though Twitter allows you to use 140 characters per tweet, shoot for less than that. Shorter tweets rise above the social media static and tend to get more re-tweets.
2. Be Strong
Teal'c was the muscle of the team, but he was also the character with the strongest convictions. Express your opinions, especially if they go against the grain of your community. You don't have to be bombastic, but differing opinions can facilitate engaging discussion. (This is something that I need to work on. I'm always afraid of offending people.)
3. Think of Others First
Teal'c was always willing to sacrifice himself for his teammates. Don't always talk about yourself on Twitter. Use the 80/20 rule. Out of 10 tweets, only 2 should promote your own stuff. Use the other 8 to point out worthwhile content from your friends and link to interesting and entertaining articles, videos & photos.
4. Be an Expert
Teal'c was trained from birth to be a fierce warrior. He was skilled in many forms of combat. What are you good at? What do you want to be good at? Learn as much as you can about your subject and share that knowledge with your followers.
5. Have a Baby Snake In Your Stomach
Wait... that's not going to help you with Twitter at all. That's just gross.