With over 300Mn active users, Twitter becomes the world’s largest and most popular social media website all over the world. It has turned into the go-to website for real-time updates and seeing Tweet activities from those you’re interested in. However, with more than 500Mn Tweets sent every single day, it can be a little tricky to stay at the top of the most relevant content, get your Tweets seen, and maximize the time you spend on your activities. Fortunately, the social networking platform offers in-depth abilities that help you make the most of the service. In this article, we’ve curated the list of 20 Twitter tips and tricks that you probably don’t know. Let’s dig a little deeper.
Twitter Tips and Tricks
Add Emoji from Desktop
Emojis are easy to use on a mobile device but can be a pain to access on a desktop. Luckily, if you’re using Mac OS X, there is a keyboard shortcut to bring up the character set of emoji. Let’s have a look at how to add emoji from your desktop:
- Firstly, place your mouse cursor in a text field
- Hit the Control, Command, and Spacebar keys
Beat the 140-Character Limit With a Text Screenshot
Sometimes, 140 characters are not enough to express your feelings. Although you don’t want to write an entire blog or a novel, you just need a few more words to convey your point. So, you can make use of the text application on mobile device or any word processing program on the desktop in order to write a longer message. You can then share an image of that message in your Tweet.
Remember that it’s not a strategy you should overuse, but it is useful in that case when you need to express more. Follow the steps listed below to know how to do it:
- Open your text or word processing app
- Then, write a message and take a screenshot
- Start a new Tweet and tap on the Camera button
- Add the screenshot to your Tweet as an image and add some text to introduce what the image has to say
Use Twitter Analytics
You have to Tweet at the right time to reach the most potential followers and maximize engagement as timing is everything on social media. You only want to send messages when people are around to see them. And a larger audience means more opportunities to boost engagement, drive traffic, and gain potential new followers and customers. So, when are the best times to post on social media? Well, that depends on the audience you’re trying to target, the networks you’re using, your goals, and the kind of content you share. But while there is no perfect time to post, there are resources that can help you find the optimal times.
Research says that you can start posting your Tweets at any time with your own strategic efforts and then use engagement data from Twitter Analytics to fine tune your timing based on engagement. Once you know the best times to Tweet for optimal engagement, you can use HootSuite to schedule your Tweet posts.
Here’s how to schedule a Tweet in HootSuite.
- In the compose message box, tap on the Scheduling calendar icon
- Select the date and time to publish the message
- Optional: check the box to receive an email when the message is sent
- From the profile options, select your Twitter profile
- Once you’re done, tap on the Schedule button
Allow Siri or Other Mobile Assistants to Tweet For You
In case you’re walking, driving, swimming, or in any other situation where it’s not possible to handle your phone then you can allow your mobile assistant to Tweet for you, hands-free. Isn’t it amazing? Well, it is.
Here’s how to do so on iOS.
- First of all, activate Siri (say “Hey Siri” or simply hold down the Home button)
- Now, say Send a Tweet
- You need to speak the text of your Tweet
- Once done, tap on the Send button
Here’s how to do so on Android.
- You need to activate Google Now (say “OK Google”)
- Now, say Post to Twitter and speak the text of your Tweet
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Use Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts
Do you know that there are keyboard shortcuts hiding right under your fingertips while using Twitter on a desktop? It offers a lot of keyboard shortcuts that help you post your Tweets in no time. You can make use of keystroke combinations to quickly perform your Twitter tasks like sending new messages, expanding photos, and more – all without touching your mouse.
Let’s say, if you press the ‘N’ key on your keyboard while you are on Twitter.com, you’ll be able to immediately start writing a new tweet.
Schedule Tweets With HootSuite
The next Twitter hack among our Twitter tips and tricks is to schedule your Tweets using HootSuite. You might not always have the time to tweet but with a bit of planning ahead, you can make sure you are always getting content out there for your followers.
If you are hampering your workflow to sign into Twitter, write Tweets, and post them throughout the day then you are not making the best use of your time. Well, there’s a much more efficient way to post your Tweets and then schedule them to post throughout the day. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
- In your HootSuite dashboard, tap on the Compose Message button
- Now, type your message and add relevant photos and links if you have them
- Next, select a profile from the profile picker option
- Tap on the Calendar icon and select the date and time for the message to be sent
- Once done, tap on the Schedule button
You can schedule both organic and promoted tweets up to one year in advance.
Embed Tweets into Any Website
— Hootsuite (@hootsuite) September 22, 2016
It is a brilliant way to drive engagement back to your Twitter profile by embedding tweets into your website or blog. Why? Because an embedded tweet is intuitive and anyone logged into Twitter can perform all sorts of cool things like Reply, Retweet, Favourite, etc. to your tweet when it’s embedded on your site or any other site.
You can now share your own Tweets or anyone else’s online via the built-in embed code of Twitter. To do so, follow the steps mentioned below.
- To embed a tweet, find the Tweet you would like to share
- Tap on the More (…) button below the tweet
- Select the Embed Tweet button
- Copy and paste the embed code into an HTML document. On a WordPress blog, paste the embed code into the Text view to add it to a post
Pro Tip: You can also embed multiple Tweets from one or more accounts using embedded timelines.
Send a Promoted Tweet to a Target Audience
To maximize your Twitter ad budget, it’s important to choose the right target audience but you may not have considered the option to hide a promoted Tweet from your followers. Here’s how to send a promoted Tweet to a target audience.
- Navigate to the Twitter ads dashboard and choose your objective: Followers, Engagement, Video views, Clicks, App installs, or Lead generation
- Now, tap on the Create Campaign button
- Under the Select your audience section, tap on the Select additional audience features option
- Under Select additional audience features, tap on Add followers
- Uncheck the box that reads Also target your followers
Pin a Tweet at the Top of Your Profile
It’s now possible to pin a Tweet at the top of the profile where it will sit permanently until it’s unpinned or replaced by another pinned tweet. Let’s have a look at how to do it.
- Find the Tweet you would like to pin
- Tap on the More button (…) icon
- Select Pin to your profile page
- Tap on the Pin button on the popup and that tweet is now permanently fixed at the top of your profile
To unpin a Tweet, tap on the More button again and choose Unpin from profile page.
Exclude Tweets With Links from Search Results
Tweets without links specify Twitter users are actively engaged on the network itself instead of simply increasing traffic to other locations online. It can be useful if you are following Tweets from a Twitter chat or live event and wish to avoid links that pull you away from the conversation at hand.
When you type your search term in the Twitter search box, simply add –http.
Use Search Operators to Narrow Your Search
Search operator is a character or combination of characters used to search more precisely online. If we see the above Twitter trick, “-” is a search operator saying Twitter does not include Tweets that include “http”.
You can use search operators in combination. Check out the full list of Twitter by tapping on Operators on the Twitter search page.
Use Twitter Advanced Search for Lead Generation
Twitter has a built-in Advanced Search tool that lets you streamline the search process and potentially save your hours of time.
Using Twitter’s Advanced Search, you are able to easily narrow your search and find the information that matters to you. With social media a major lead generation source for businesses, the tool makes a potentially painful process as streamlined as possible.
Increase Customer Engagement Using HootSuite’s Twitter Search
It’s now possible to uncover social media influencers, competitors, and conversations happening regarding your business via HootSuite’s advanced search capabilities.
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Segment Your Feed With Lists
In case you are following more than hundred people on Twitter, it can then become virtually impossible to keep track of the content you want to view. If you enter Twitter Lists that help you create custom feeds of groups like influencers, customers, leads, or prospects so that you can engage appropriately with each group.
Here’s how to do it:
- First of all, go to your profile
- Under the drop-down menu, tap on Lists
- Now, tap on Create new list
- Select a name for your list and a short description
- Now, select if you want the list to be Private or Public
- Once you’re done, tap on Save list
- To see the Tweets in your lists on Twitter, navigate to your profile page, tap on the Lists tab, and then tap on the name of the list
Now let’s have a look at how to do it in HootSuite
- Under your HootSuite dashboard, tap on Add Stream
- Now, select Twitter from the social network list on the left-hand side
- Go to the Lists tab
- Select your desired Twitter profile
- Check the bubble labeled as Create a new list
- Enter a name for your list and description
- Choose whether you’d like your list to be Public or Private
- Tap on the Add Stream button to create your list
Keep an Eye on Your Competitors Without Following
You can easily keep an eye on your competitors without following them. Let’s have a look at how to do it.
- Follow the step-by-step instructions in the above Twitter Hack
- When choosing your list’s visibility, select Private
Find Out Whose Lists You Are On
If you want to know what lists you’re on, just follow this hack. It will help you give a sense of how people perceive your account and also help you find potential new contacts who haven’t yet followed you. Scroll a bit down to know how to do it.
- From your profile page, navigate to the Lists tab
- Now, tap on Member of
Please note that you can only find out whose lists you’re on using the iOS and web interfaces. There’s no option to do so in the Android app.
Subscribe to Other Users’ Public Lists
If you’re looking for people to follow or to add to your lists for competitive intelligence, you may want to see if others have already done some of the work for you by creating lists of relevant accounts. It’s a great way to start by looking at the public lists created by influencers in your field or your largest competitors.
If a list looks worth investigating, you can simply subscribe to the list without having to duplicate it on your own account.
Here’s how to do it.
- Navigate to the profile page of an influencer in your field
- Tap on Lists
- Tap on the name of the list you want to look at and then press Subscribe
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Search for Lists
What if you want to go deeper into the list search beyond lists belonging to influencers you’re already aware of? There’s no way in Twitter to search for lists and that’s where Google comes in. Just like you can use search operators inside Twitter to narrow your search results for Tweets, you can use search operators in Google to find Twitter Lists.
Using Google, just enter the following text before your search term: site:twitter.com inurl:lists and see the results.
Upload Up to Four Images Per Tweet
Twitter no longer counts images in the 140-character limit of your Tweet so you can add an image without taking space away from the text of your Tweet. And there’s no need to stick with just one as you can upload up to four images to any Tweet excluding animated GIFs. You don’t want to go overboard and upload multiple images with every Tweet, but this can be a great idea when posting from an event, destination, or product launch. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
- While composing a Tweet, tap on the Camera button
- Select up to four images to add
- Once done, tap on the Tweet button
Add Stickers to Images You Tweet
Just like Snapchat, Twitter allows you to add stickers to the images you Tweet. Let’s have a look at how to do it.
- While composing your Tweet, tap on the Camera button
- Select an image to attach
- Tap on the Sticker icon
- Tap on the sticker you want and then hold and drag it to the right spot on the photo
- Pinch, stretch, or turn the sticker using two fingers to customize size and angle
Please note that you can only add stickers using the iOS and Android apps. There’s no option to do so in the web interface.
That’s all we have in our list of Twitter tips and tricks 2017 to make you more familiar with the social media platform. These general tricks and hacks help you make your Twitter experience more enjoyable.