Better you than me
Want more Twitter followers? Stop talking about yourself
The more you talk about yourself on Twitter, the fewer followers you’re likely to have.
Or so says viral marketing scientist Dan Zarrella.
“Want more followers?” Zarrella asks. “Stop talking about yourself.”
In other TweetPsyche research, Zarrella found that Mom was right about social media as well as so many other things. To get more followers on Twitter, Zarrella writes, you should:
- Be positive. Writing about sadness, aggression, morbid thoughts and negative emotions and feelings correlates with fewer followers. (What a shock!) So if you want more followers, cheer up.
- Be sociable. Social language correlates with more followers, Zarrella found. So use words like “you” and “we” and write more about relationships and communication.
And remember: “You” is the most retweeted word in the English language.
So on Twitter as in so much else in life, better “you” than “me.”