My previous post on how to use Twitter to build your email list
got a lot of attention. But it came to my attention recently that some
new Twitter users may be missing an essential piece of the Twitter
If you’re a Twit-aholic, move on. You already know this stuff.
But just in case, if you recently joined Twitter, you may not know
that your followers are replying to you. The whole point of Twitter is
to engage in the conversation and connect with your followers.
First, you need to know if you have any replies:
On your Twitter home page, click on the Replies tab to see who is
responding to your tweets. You can see the entire archive of all your
tweets by clicking on the Archive tab.
You can reply to any tweet by clicking on the little backward arrow on the far right of the tweet:
Next, check to see if anyone has sent you a direct message (DM). These are private messages between you
and the other person. No one else will see them. Of course, like email,
not every tweet requires a response, but you will start some great
conversations if you participate in the twitter-sphere!
If all this seems time consuming, I recommend you download the desktop app TweetDeck. You’ll be able to see all replies and DMs at a glance rather than having to click on tabs and links to see replies.