- Make sure you add a photo (of you, or a logo) and a description in the bio section of your profile. People with the Twitter default profile picture are often robots and spammers and are often ignored by users.
- Find local people (Twitterers or Tweople) who you can interact with – you can do this by searching for place names in Twitter and in other Twitter Directories like Twellow.com
- Find people who have similar interests or are in the same industry (I have a list of Web and SEO people I follow). You can find these in similar directories like wefollow.com
- Use a program like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to make your interaction with Twitter much easier
- Don’t use Twitter to hard sell, especially at the start – you will look like a spammer, and people will not follow you
- Join in the conversation. If you find something that interests you – thank the person and provide things of your own
- ReTweeting is seen as a good thing. If you like something, retweet it – it then flows to your sphere of influence.
Twitter requires effort as it is a conversation. Find some people you have a common interest whether that is location or subject and make and effort to be involved in some of the conversations.