Twitter Tips: 5 Proven Ways to Get Retweeted

What makes your tweets worthy of sharing? One Twitter expert explains the time of day when you are most likely to be retweeted, "magic" words and other tips.

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Mon, January 11, 2010

CIO — We all like to think we're interesting. And on Twitter, that's often measured and validated by how frequently other people retweet your posts. Maybe you're looking to hear feedback on your recent blog post. Or you've found an interesting article or a funny YouTube video that you want to share with others. Aside from the instant ego boost that being retweeted provides ("Hey! They like me!), retweeting also helps you reach a greater portion of the Twittersphere than you'd be able to on your own.

Dan Zarrella, author of The Social Media Marketing Book, knows his Twitter stats. He's combed through tens of thousands of tweets and compiled a report detailing his findings. Read on for his five tips to help you craft the kind of tweet that will get you noticed.

1. Time and day matter.
Zarrella's research shows that to increase your chances of being retweeted, you should Tweet your links in afternoons, evenings and on weekends. More specifically, Friday yields the highest number of retweets, while retweeting occurs much more frequently from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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2. Choose your words carefully.
Zarrella has found that the most retweetable word is "you." "The word 'you,' while very common, seems to occur especially often in retweets, indicating that if you're talking to 'me,' I am more likely to retweet it," Zarrella says. The least retweetable words: game, going, haha, lol, but, watching, work, home, night and bed. "The lesson learned here is that if you're trying to get more retweets, don't just engage in idle chit-chat or tweet about mundane activities," Zarrella suggests.

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