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Grow Your Business Social Media

What They Learned from 357,000 Twitter Followers


They say you learn from experience. If that's the case than the five business people featured in last week's BusinessNewsDaily series, "The Twitter Elite," have a learned a lot. Combined, they have nearly 400,000 Twitter followers and their stories and advice could prove invaluable to a Twitter newbie just starting out. Here's a roundup of their most notable quotes. To read the full article, click on each Twitter handle.

"Small businesses need to find their niche. In this day and age, everyone is making a widget. Social media is one way to share what makes your widget better than anyone else’s. Is it customer service ? Is it the way the product is produced? What differentiates you from your competition? -- @tommytrc – 120,000 Twitter followers

"I liken Twitter to a fast-moving river — and new users try to figure out where and how to jump in. In hindsight, the learning curve is not that bad. For me, it was about three months to reach a comfort level to use. You just have to dive in or at least start swimming very slowly." -- @imadnaffa – 55,000 Twitter followers

"In my opinion, the worst thing people can do is send a tacky, auto-DM (direct message) asking me to download their free book, 'like' them on Facebook or other senseless things." -- @mmangen – 30,000 Twitter followers

"When I first started on Twitter, I was daily following people in my niche. Following targeted people instead of random people will help you build a better network. They will be more responsive and that will help you grow your following even more." -- @timothyadam --  80,000 Twitter followers

"I grew frustrated in the beginning because I couldn't express complete thoughts in 140 characters. Over time, I taught myself how to get my thoughts down to 140." -- @thedroidguy – 73,000 Twitter followers


Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette has been writing about business for more than 20 years. She has written about every kind of entrepreneur from hardware store owners to fashion designers. Previously she was a manager of internal communications for Home Depot. Her journalism career began in local newspapers. She has a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @jeanettebnd.