It’s Twitter Tip Tuesday — every Tuesday we’ll focus on one Twitter Tip and show you how to integrate it into your social media strategy. This week we remind you that sometimes the key to good conversations and engagement on Twitter may be hiding in plain sight — on your Twitter timeline!

At Sprout Insights, we’ve written a lot about the importance of engaging your fans and followers on Twitter. We advised you to tweet on the weekends, use hashtags, and join conversations already in progress.

We’ve even showed you how to join Twitter chats, and how to find social media influencers. This is all great, actionable advice.

But sometimes, you have so many bases to cover or tactics you’d like to try that you can’t see the forest for the trees. If you find that you’d like to step back and simplify your Twitter engagement strategy, look no further than the tweets streaming by from the people who you follow on Twitter.

You’re Following These Accounts For a Reason

Engage With Your Twitter Timeline

Although you might not remember how or when you followed a particular Twitter account, if its tweets are streaming by in your Twitter timeline, then at some point you deliberately made the decision to follow that account. Presumably, you followed that person for a reason — because his or her tweets are informative, conversational, thought-provoking, and so on. But when was the last time you engaged with the majority of the accounts you see streaming by everyday?

Chances are good that you regularly engage with only a small percentage of the people you follow. What conversations and opportunities might you be missing out on, simply by not regularly paying attention to the tweets that are right in front of you? For example, if you see a link in your tweet that provides great information, don’t keep it to yourself — retweet it! But then, go one step further. Send an @ reply to the person who tweeted the link and ask his or her personal opinion on the article. This is almost guaranteed to elicit a response and spark a genuine, bi-lateral conversation. Try it!

Most of the people you follow, if they’ve filled out their Twitter bios effectively, will have links to their websites, blogs, podcasts and so forth. Take a few minutes each day to visit the websites of your followers and see what they’re talking about, promoting, or creating, and then tweet about what you find. Not only will you be providing great, personally curated content for your followers, but you might be fortunate enough to receive a few reciprocal tweets in the bargain!

Have any great Twitter Tips you’d like to see in Twitter Tip Tuesday? Let us know in the comments, along with where we can reach you if we use your tip!

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