Twenty types of tweet: how many do you use on Twitter?

Perhaps the recipe for success on Twitter is posting the right proportion of some or maybe even all of the following types of tweet. When someone posts too many of any individual variety of post it can certainly be off-putting in my view. A balanced diet is definitely best, and yet some of these types of tweet should be more used than others. One thing for sure, however, once you have read this list you will never be able to say “but there’s nothing I could write about” again!

I think that over time I have used all of the following types of tweet, what about you?

  1. What you are doing / feeling / thinking about right now.
  2. Sharing your own inspirational thought
  3. Retweeting someone else’s inspirational thought
  4. Tweeting a Bible verse alone or with a short comment
  5. Asking your followers opinion about something  “Thinking ’bout Arminianism and Calvinism lately, would any of you choose a church based solely on that issue anymore? http://bit.ly/11Pt4ZR
  6. Linking to an article you have written
  7. Linking to an article someone else has written
  8. Sharing a video
  9. Sharing something you have learnt by reading or by experience
  10. Personal travel information  “I’m at the airport on the way to California…”
  11. Food Tweets  “Eating a gorgeous steak…”
  12. Name dropping  “I am with The Queen of England sipping tea…”
  13. “Follow Friday” or similar…telling your followers who else you think they should follow
  14. Posting a personal photo
  15. Family news “My son Johnny just won the 100m at his sports day…”
  16. Public conversations with an individual “Hey, @topekoleoso loved that sermon on Sunday, can you tell me where that quote about the Puritans came from?”
  17. Asking your readers for help  ”Looking for a last minute holiday for my family (seven of us), last week in August. Any suggestions?”
  18. Thank you Tweets “Thanks @topekoleoso for retweeting my last post, glad you were encouraged by it”
  19. Something that is simply amusing or entertaining
  20. A book/film/product recommendation or endorsement “I loved watching Man of Steel…you should really go…”

For more on how to use Twitter, see our video discussion about social media.

Over to you: Did I miss any? Which ones do you use? Are there any that you don’t like seeing other people use? Are there any that you haven’t used till now that you think perhaps you will start?

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock has been a blogger since April 2003, and part of the leadership team of Jubilee Church, London for more than ten years, serving alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus.

Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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  • Darren

    Good list. I get annoyed ta myself when I find myself RT more than posting my own content. But seriously, there are way more smarter people out there than me and frankly, sometime everyone elses tweets that day are much more interesting than what I got going on. :)

  • http://anitamathias.com/ Anita Mathias

    All of the above. I only post personal travel information after I’ve returned, and am very careful about posting family information. Generally, it’s pretty spiritual stream-of-consciousness, whatever I am thinking, if it could conceivably be of general interest. After my followers hit the 10K mark, I avoid controversy on Twitter–don’t have the armour, stomach or time for theological controversy by tweets!

  • http://adrianwarnock.com/ Adrian Warnock

    BTW who likes my peacock picture? The bird was really showing off for ages so he made it real easy to capture him with my iPhone!


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