Twitter Tip TuesdayTwitter Tip Tuesday is a weekly blog series from Sprout Social Insights.

Every Tuesday we’ll focus on just one Twitter Tip and show you how to integrate it into your social media strategy.

Today’s Twitter Tip: Leave a Good Impression

As we discussed in previous Twitter Tip Tuesday articles, people will often make judgments about whether or not to follow you based on your Twitter bio or your Twitter profile picture. They will also take your last few tweets into account too — checking to see if you tweet about interesting content, or converse with interesting people.

Before you walk away from your Twitter account, always try and leave a good impression based on your last few tweets. As much as you like Twitter, you have to sleep sometime, right? Perhaps you’re going on vacation and know that you’ll be away from your account for a few days (or a few weeks). In that case, you’ll want to leave a few interesting, relevant tweets — as opposed to the “I just ate breakfast” type tweets that provide so much fodder for bad Twitter jokes.

Leave a Good Impression When You Are Away

Chances are, you mow your lawn and water the plants before you go on vacation. Similarly, if you know you are going to be away from Twitter for any considerable time, leave a few strategic tweets that will leave a good impression in your absence.

By default, if someone clicks on your account name in someone else’s tweetstream, Twitter will display your last three tweets, followed by a link to see “More Tweets from” your profile. If someone goes directly to your Twitter profile, depending on the resolution of the monitor, he or she will see your last five or six tweets before having to scroll down to see more.

So, at the very least, carefully consider your last three to six tweets. Avoid leaving a “hanging” tweet that solicits feedback (“Joe, what did you think about that movie?”); if someone replies to your solicitation, he or she may get miffed if you don’t respond right away. Instead, tweet a link to a great blog article, followed by a tweet of an interesting quote, and a retweet of one of your followers’ updates. In the editorial world, this is known as “evergreen” content — information that’s always relevant, no matter when it’s viewed.

Remember the expression: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Consider how many people may be making their first impression about you on Twitter while you are away. Get creative, always leave a few interesting tweets, and you’ll keep your Twitter account working for you, even in your absence.

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