Well I did.
So I went along and surveyed the top authors, writers, social media gurus and business people on Twitter. I’m not going to lie and say they all got back to me, but a surprising number did.
I asked these writers, business people and industry experts one question: how do you write a good tweet?
I’ve gathered their responses here.
1. Social Media Examiner
The Social Media Examiner, which was founded by Michael Stelzner, is the online bible for anyone who users social media as part of their job.
— SocialMediaExaminer (@smexaminer) June 25, 2014
2. Chris Garrett
Chris Garret is Chief Digital Officer with Copyblogger and an author.
3. Ian Cleary
Ian Cleary is one of the industry’s experts on social media tools.
@workreadplay yours is a good one because it’s a good question directed at a specific person that caught attention and got a response!
— Ian Cleary (@IanCleary) June 20, 2014
Buffer, was founded by Joel Gascoigne, and is a social media automation service with an emphasis on customer care.
5. Ted Rubin
Ted Rubin is a social media guru, author and all round nice guy. He values relationships over investments.
@workreadplay Gets a point across, is easily RT’able, and can be used over and over again
— Ted Rubin (@TedRubin) June 2, 2014
6. Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.
@workreadplay Twitter is an editing challenge – concision is all. Twitter is also a form of prevarication, and writers love to prevaricate.
— Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) June 1, 2014
7. The Minimalists
The Minimalists are two people: the popular bloggers and authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. They recently published Everything That Remains.
@workreadplay It must add value.
— The Minimalists (@theminimalists) June 22, 2014
8. Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media guru and the author of books like The Thank You Economy and Crush It!
9. Derick Hudson
Derick Hudson is an Irish comedy and thriller author who has written three books.
@workreadplay Drink a large glass of wine and the words will flow:-)
— Derick Hudson (@Derick_Hudson) June 20, 2014
10. Martha Alderson
Martha Alderson, AKA The Plot Whisperer, is a consultant, author and industry thought leader. Her answer is in the second part of this tweet.
11. Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn is a public speaker and self-published author. She also presents The Creative Pennpodcast.
@workreadplay Thanks re tweet – targeted at niche, entertaining or useful, 80% not your stuff
— Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) June 1, 2014
12. Chris Brogan
@workreadplay – brevity plus value to the reader plus a link equals gold.
— Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) July 10, 2014
13. Jonathan Gebauer
Jonathan Gebauer is the founder of the popular publishing networking ExploreB2B.
@workreadplay … yet never found an answer. Probably being yourself is still the best answer
— Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) July 10, 2014
14. Scott Monty
Scott Monty is a digital and social media expert who previously spearheaded Ford’s social media strategy and recently joined SHIFT.
@workreadplay Not much to it, really. I just think of something I want to say and get it to fit within 140 characters.
— Scott Monty (@ScottMonty) July 10, 2014
15. Jeff Goins
Jeff Goins is one of the smartest and most-talented authors and online writers I’ve had the pleasure to read.
@workreadplay 120 characters. Make it interesting and shareable. Pick a fight.
— Jeff Goins (@JeffGoins) July 10, 2014
What do you think makes a good tweet? Please let me know in the comments section below.