5 Easy Tips to Get More Retweets

5 Easy Tips to Get More Retweets

Tips to Get More Retweets
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One of the measures you can gauge success on Twitter is the number of retweets you get when you post something. Retweets also carry the advantage of increasing your exposure significantly, which results in more followers for your twitter handle. But most people, i.e. novices, keep using twitter to simply post text content without realizing that with just a few changes, they can wildly improve their chances of being retweeted. So, here are five tips to get retweets from the Twitterati.

Add Images

It’s widely accepted that people are naturally attracted to visuals and would rather spend time observing gif’s or glancing through pictures than reading text. So, don’t stop with the plain text. Instead, add some photos with your tweets. Remember to make sure that the photos are related to the subject matter in some way, and have the potential to generate viewer interest. Keep thinking from the perspective of the viewer.

A good number of images that are retweeted and shared across social media are those that convey a humorous idea or a simplified version of some essential but complex concept. As such, if you can find or create images that humorously portray your tweet, the chances of your tweet going viral increase manifold.

Ask for Retweets

Ask your followers to retweet. You might think that it may not be a good idea, but the reality is that asking for retweets actually puts an intent into the viewer’s minds. But remember not to ask for retweets on every single tweet. Use it sparingly on tweets you think have a chance of going viral.

And remember to use the word ‘Retweet,’ and not ‘RT.’ Tweets using the abbreviation ‘RT’ generally get fewer retweets than the ones using the full word ‘Retweet.’

Use Links

When tweeting, try to add a short link about where the users can find more on the subject matter. This way, the people who actually visit the link and find it useful will have an impetus to share your tweets with their followers. Use URL shorteners with providers like bit.ly and goo.gl. If you can, avoid shorteners with longer names like tinyurl.com and such.

Mind the Timings

The time you post the tweet plays a big role in determining how viral it goes. If you live in Washington DC, but wish to get retweets from Tokyo, then you need to get the time factor right. The tweet should be posted at a time when people in Tokyo use social media the most.

So, have a clear understanding of the geographical location of the audience you want to primarily target and schedule the tweets accordingly.

Use Hashtags

Remember to use relevant hashtags in your tweets. This allows people who follow such hashtags to discover your tweet and retweet it if they find it interesting.The hashtags must have some connection to the subject matter of your tweet. If a hashtag has no connection to the content of your tweet, don’t use it no matter how viral they are. So, avoid using hashtags like #batman or #yummydishes when tweeting about a business presentation. If you end up implementing such irrelevant tactics, the users who have followed you will develop a negative outlook and may end up unfollowing your account.

So, if you have just started out tweeting, try to implement the above techniques from now on and you will definitely see a marked improvement in user interaction. Above all, remember to keep posting useful and interesting content.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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The Lazy Girls' Guide To Spring Cleaning

Here's to washing, drying and sorting away the year's mess!

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Some look to spring cleaning as a time of renewal while others (more like me) dread the absolute thought this. A time where we sort through piles of empty collected water bottles and tightly fitted clothes all while cleaning crevices we had no idea could even collect so much dust.

A time where we find knick-knacks we had no recollection of buying and missing items that absolutely can't be replaced. This my friends -- is spring cleaning.

All in all, a dueling time indeed, I'm here to give you lazy girls like me a guide to get the most out of this year's polish.

 1. Crank on your favorite jams

This can be a show you have been daring to binge all semester or simply a YouTube, Apple or Spotify playlist.

2. Eliminate Distractions

Don't procrastinate ! Yes I know, its a pretty day outside-- perfect enough for a stroll through the downtown mall but we cant let this distract us from the task at hand.

3. Configure a plan

Planner

Try to start from the bottom and work your way up. Little task that are easily completed can come first while you can devote most of your energy and time to the larger tasks.

4. Don't be afraid to let it go.

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Is it really cleaning If we hoard all of our old belongings ?

5. Donate or Sell!

We all have a ton of clothing that we either can't fit anymore or just don't have the desire to wear and furniture that we just don't seem to need -- so why not donate them? Local places like Plato's, Goodwill, The Salvation Army , Habitat for Humanity etc. would love to buy and receive gently used items !

6. Actually CLEAN!

If you're going to commit to spring cleaning -- actually clean! This means dusting , moping, vacuuming, scrubbing and shampooing.

By the end of these 6 easy steps, I am pretty sure you will feel an overwhelming amount of exhaustion. With that will come replenishment, a much needed revamp and most importantly a clean space.

I mean truly, is there anything better than returning to a clean home?

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