Simple stuff! If someone “likes” or “retweets” your postings on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media outlet, RETURN the FAVOR.
RECIPROCATE! It works. I wrote this post in 2011 and since then it has been one of the most shared articles from my blog. Hope you enjoy, and will leave a comment below. Is this helpful to you?
What makes you feel good? For most of us just being acknowledged for something we have done does the trick. When someone mentions me or posts one of my articles, it warms me up. One little mention lets me know I’m not just “spittin’ in the wind” with social media.
What’s the easiest way to thank someone? Reciprocate!
On Facebook or Twitter it’s easy to thank someone. Post an update and use the “@” symbol in front of their name. That becomes a link to their profile and (on Facebook) shows up on their wall or (on Twitter) shows up in their “mentions”. As soon as that person checks in with these services they will likely see that you have mentioned them or gave them credit for a compelling post.
>>>READ On to see how I do it and who is on my Top 15 “Reciprocators” List>>
They like it! It makes them feel good and they will often reciprocate, meaning they are likely to mention you in a post or a tweet. The more times this happens, the more other people will be drawn to your posts, growing your social media influence.
How I Do It
On Twitter, I set up a list that I call “Kind RT”. Whenever I see that someone has “retweeted” (RT) one of my posts, I add them to the list. Then, each time I am looking for something new to tweet, I go to that list and “retweet” something from someone listed there. I make sure to mention them (again with the “@” symbol in front of their user name).
Again, I mention that person in the new post, they see it and it makes them feel good.
And the Beat Goes On
Usually when I reciprocate in this manner, I get more followers and more people reciprocate by posting my links. It doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient and consistent with this and slowly you will see your influence grow.
My Top 15 Twitter Reciprocators
I just made up a word – Reciprocators!… haha – I am so grateful to these fine people on Twitter who retweet my posts or mention me often, I want you to know about them. Again, by doing this, I’ll bet it makes them feel good. That’s just human nature. So please follow and pay attention to these individuals on Twitter and Facebook. They rock my world and let me know I am not just wasting my time.
And They Are… drum roll please…
(alphabetical order, click each one to view their Twitter profiles)
One more point – I Don’t “Know” Them
Absolutely true! I have never met in person any of the people mentioned above. This is not a list of my personal friends. It’s a list of people I have met through Twitter and now feel like I “know.” Many of them have also connected with me on Facebook.
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