The 66,000 Tweet – Twitter Advice, 2009 vs 2012

by Sherry Riter in Blog tips  ,Twitter

At the beginning of using anything new, no one is good at it and everyone makes mistakes. Maybe I can help you avoid tweeting boring things on Twitter that also make you look like a beginner. Plus, I want to share some fun stuff with you.

On June 1, 2009 my blog post started with: “Late last night (I can’t say what time or my family will think I’ve lost my mind), I finely started a Twitter account.”

By October 19, 2009 I had 915 followers even though I mainly tweeted contests and giveaways that I entered. Actually, I was a very boring and ignorant Twitterer when I first started tweeting.

I don’t have my first tweet, but I’ve been able to find some of my oldest tweets and I have been rolling my eyes at myself. Obviously, I didn’t know how to tweet!

There is a point to showing you this, so try to bear with me.

The first is a comment I made on a blog…

I didn’t tweet much in the beginning. I mostly just had tweets for giveaway entries and I actually did win quite a bit of stuff. Most of the things I won I gave to my daughter either to use or to put in her hope chest for her future.!/TheRedheadRiter/status/15655165089!/TheRedheadRiter/status/2660119365!/TheRedheadRiter/status/2746623856!/TheRedheadRiter/status/2834616418

Could these three tweets be much more boring?!/TheRedheadRiter/status/2834469757!/theredheadriter/status/3573253075!/TheRedheadRiter/status/4768296990!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6136992588!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6137008333!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6293622040!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6338501258!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6387719639!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6403352496!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6490403191!/TheRedheadRiter/status/13666347091234816!/TheRedheadRiter/status/6604766315

I didn’t win any of those giveaways, but they were teaching me a little bit about Twitter. As time passed, I learned how to create more interesting tweets and I also started using Hootsuite so that I could program tweets as well.

Eventually I found the TweetGrader site. It has all the Twitter users ranked so that you know where you fall in the millions of people that tweet. Right now my “grade” as a Twitter user is that I rank at 24,813 out of 9,938,660 users.

Not bad!

The site also ranks users by location. My location is Richmond, Virginia, USA. My first goal was to actually get on the top 100 and then my goal was to be above NBC12. It took a long time before I moved past the television station, but I was totally pumped when I did.

My next goal was to get past the playboy bunnies for obvious reasons followed by the GOP Leader. Who wouldn’t want to pass a politician!

So now I am number 13 and my next goal is to be number 2. I don’t win anything. My name isn’t written across the sky. It’s just something to keep me motivated and it means that my social media influence is growing.

On February 18, 2012, I tweeted my 66,000th tweet. That is a mind boggling number of tweets even to me because I am a rather quiet person most of the time. That many tweets makes me sound like a yapaholic! Without even planning it, this was my 66,000th tweet…

Yep! It was the Twitter art I had created that says, “REDHEAD” in big letters and then in letters that are in small circles it says,”THE REDHEAD RITER”. I immediately grabbed a copy of the screen because I couldn’t believe that was my 66,000th tweet!

If you want to see it actually on Twitter, here is the link to my 66,000th tweet:!/TheRedheadRiter/status/171087475446530048 #sweet

Twitter is a totally different experience for me now and my tweets are actually more like conversations. I’ve also developed relationships/friendships with many people while learning Twitter etiquette.

To show you that I’m more interesting on Twitter than I was in 2009, this is how my tweets look now…

I tweet ascii pictures…

I sing songs and tweet the real artist’s video…

I share interesting information…

I create my own quotes…

I thank people who send things to me…

I thank people for retweeting my posts and I use my Twitter man, Humphrey, to spice up my tweets…

I tweet merchandise that I like…

I retweet other people’s blog posts…

I tweet famous people’s quotes…

I have learned short abbreviations to thank people…

I tweet and retweet beautiful photos…

I express myself…

I tweet fun facts…

I thank people for following me and reading my blog…

I advertise blog posts by attaching them to Twitter art pictures…

I participate in Follow Friday #FF where I shout out my friends. Since my list is long, it takes many, many tweets throughout the day…

As you can tell, my Twitter thread is dramatically different than it was when I first started tweeting years ago. Being active on Twitter has given me many opportunities to increase exposure to my blog and to strengthen friendships. It has definitely been worth the time and effort I have put into it.

If you have a blog or a business, you should be on Twitter working it every day. It won’t even feel like work. If you’re not following me yet, jump on over to Twitter and follow me! I followback! If you are already on Twitter, great! I’ll be looking for you, so just give me a holler!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D February 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

66,000!!! Very cool! Congratulations! As always, a very enjoyable & informative post. Thanks!


2 laura thomas February 25, 2012 at 6:16 am

Thanks for your hard work and congrats on 66,000. Amazing! I'm going to follow by your example and check out your suggestions. Just set up my facebook and blog, want to do it right. been asked to read, review and interview, better get polishing up my stuff! Love your blog!


3 NashVegasGal February 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thanks for all the great tid-bits of info. You are in deed accomplished on Twitter with your 66,000 tweets. CONGRATS! You encourage us all with your humor and wit.


4 Stéfan February 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Everybody should follow both your Twitter thread and your blog. You produce good stuff!

I can say that I have learned so much about Twitter through you. I really have.

Thank you for using me in your examples – you are pure sunshine.


5 The Redhead Riter February 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thanks Skip! {{{hugsss}}}


6 The Redhead Riter February 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

If there is anything I can do to help you Laura, just let me know. :o)


7 The Redhead Riter February 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thank you so much NashVegasGal! <3


8 The Redhead Riter February 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Thank you so much Stéfan! You are so sweet and I feel privileged to have you as my friend.


9 Debby Bruck June 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Wow! I remember back in the day, 2009, when we started out on Twitter together. You come a long way baby and I applaud the blogs, tweets, twitter arts and graphics. Even though you may not have won anything, you’ve won the heart of many friends and followers. Blessings, Debby


10 The Redhead Riter June 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

That is so kind of you to say, Debby. {{{{BIG hugsssss}}}} I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.

By the way, as of now, I’ve made 78,523 tweets. I CAN’T believe I have tweeted THAT much! LOL


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