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#Top10Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Start Conversations On Social Media

#Top10Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Start Conversations On Social Media

 Your first objective in starting conversations on Twitter is NOT to make a sale. It just isn’t.

Conversation Starters on Twitter
Sorry Alex, your advice is out of date, insensitive and can get you labeled as spam.

So when you are making conversations on Twitter, you should ask questions that are NOT yes or no questions. You are looking for a friend. You need to go under the assumption that they are going to LOVE you. No they are going to be amazed by you. This is the assumption.

1. Ask open ended questions. What’s the best thing about this day for you?  What’s the most interesting thing you’ve faced recently? 

2. Celebrate with people over small victories. That’s awesome! Tell me about it! 

3. Ask questions about something benign — relatable but not controversial, like pets or the weather. Absolute questions you can’t miss on: what music are you listening to? What book are you reading? 

4. Ask questions about something difficult — parenting or writing or home ownership, but keep your responses to the compassionate and understanding. When do those terrible twos go away? Fifteen? Sixteen? 

5. Say something positive about your day. People are ATTRACTED to positivity. Negativity repels people even if they don’t admit that it does. There is something inside all of us that wants to believe in the good and the hopeful and the enjoyable. Let your little light shine and mention what’s going right for you.  Had an awesome time at the park today! Got dirty. Had fun! Now to do laundry. What about you? 

Conversation Starters on Twitter

6.  Say something self-deprecating jokes. Oh, yes, this works. They will laugh and you will be put down in front of them, thus moving up their superiority and they will, even subconciously, like you more. With the smells coming from our dirty laundry hamper, I can’t, for the life of me, understand how we have friends.

7. Say thank you. Take a minute and say thanks for the RT or the shout-out. Use this as a way to ask questions.

8. Ask for advice.  What do I do with the grape juice stain on my sweater? 

9. Look for info in people’s biographies that could spark a conversation: A Pats fan? How do you think we’ll do in the playoffs?

10.  Get creative. (This is a very lame #10, but I was running out of ideas.)

Don’t overthink your tweets. Conversation starters are just that — they are light and airy and can disappear in the Twittersphere in a matter of seconds. But they can open doors to new relationships and connections, which ultimately will lead to sales.

Got any more ideas? Let’s hear ’em!

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.