14 Types of Tweets

December 10, 2013 10:00 am

Twitter has become a bit of a passion for us.

There’s something about it – the immediacy, the ability to gain knowledge, the simplicity of the message… all of these make Twitter a platform that we absolutely love.

We recently came across a blog post featuring types of tweets and thought it was a great piece of information to share. Whilst the list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a pretty good representation of what Twitter offers.

Here are 14 types of tweets…

1. The Mundane

Full of self and without any apparent redeeming value, The Mundane tweet is the backbone of Twitter. Narcissistic and banal, it’s all about me. But don’t think for a second that the mundane tweet is not without merit.

2. The Communicator

Instant messaging is mostly for person-to-person communication. Forums allow more people to enter the conversation, but the process is slow. The immediacy of Twitter has facilitated dialogue unlike any Internet-based tool before. Not only can you respond to someone else’s tweet instantly, but others can enter the discussion just as easily. The Communicator tweet is nothing more than a public reply to another member. Many of the relationships formed via Twitter find their roots in this simple interactive tweet.

3. The Inquisitor

The Inquisitor Tweet answers Twitter’s question with a question of it’s own. It’s not interested in what you are doing. Rather, it seeks to use the massive Twitter member base to derive solutions, opinions or any other response that can be gathered by polling the public. Asking a question is a great way to not only find an answer, but also to stir up your followers. After all, people love to be the one who provides the solution.

4. The Answerman

With so many people posting The Inquisitor tweet, there is no shortage of opportunity to enter the discussion and save the day. The Answerman tweet can be as simple as responding to a trivia question or as serious as helping someone locate a venue in Perth. If you are able to answer a question for someone, why not do it? They will appreciate you taking the time to answer.

5. The Sage

Simply find a quote from a famous author, lyrics from a favorite song or line from a classic film to share with your followers. Pithy sayings and little tidbits of information are always useful, if not entertaining.

6. The Reporter

From the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the US Airways plane going down in the Hudson to the Election sham in Iran and the death of Michael Jackson, more people are getting breaking news on Twitter than anywhere else. If you’ve got news, why not share it with your tweeples? It is important to make sure that the news is accurate.

7. The Linker

The web is packed with fun stuff. Whether for entertainment, business or other purposes, The Linker tweet exists to share something of little or massive value with your followers. And while links to stories are powerful, rich media is even better. If you link to audio, photos or video, you have a better chance at getting people to check it out. Just be sure to tag your tweets with [PIC], [VIDEO] or [AUDIO] as indicated. It takes little effort and is frequently rewarded with replies.

8. The Kudos

Giving compliments is a fantastic way to show appreciation for someone. It’s even more impactful when done on Twitter because it plays out in a public forum; not only does the person or business receive The Kudo, but all of your followers see it as well. Now everyone knows what a great thing they did. This is especially effective for businesses as public compliments act as social proof, potentially influencing others.

9. The Critic

Twitter provides a public forum to vent on our politicians, celebrities, businesses and each other. And while The Kudo tweet can lift a business to new heights, The Critic can be devastating and cause the target to go into damage control mode. You have to hand it to businesses that are willing to develop a Twitter presence. They are really opening themselves up to public scrutiny. And let’s face it. If you don’t respond well to feedback or handle customer service issues properly, you could really be in for a public thrashing.

10. The Giver

The Giver tweet seeks to give credit where credit is due by repeating the tweet and honoring the person who originally posted the tweet. The format is simple. “RT @successsecret “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else…” Sir Winston Churchill.” The original tweet can fall into any category, but the retweet is an act of kindness that spreads good will. We should all aspire to provide tweets that are valuable enough for others to want to retweet them. Be a giver and retweet generously.

11. The Advocate

On your journey through the Twittersphere you will undoubtedly find people who you want to share with others. Whether they give great tweets or add some other value, The Advocate tweet is your chance to suggest that other members follow them. Don’t keep good Twitter members to yourself. Tell others so they can meet and interact with them as well.

12. The Benefactor

People love free stuff. They also enjoy winning things. The Benefactor tweet is used for contests or giveaways. Designed to be retweeted, the goal is have your tweet go viral so that more people are aware of your contest. The Benefactor tweet is known to receive many retweets and can help increase your follower count quickly and legitimately.

14. The Marketer

While Twitter can most definitely be used to build relationships, enhance your brand and grow your bottom line, it is best not to treat it as a straight-forward marketing tool. The Marketer tweet can be subtle or blatant, but its primary goal is to acquire a new customer. The tweet could be for a free download, an information product, a physical product, a membership or subscription, or just about any other kind of business proposal. There’s nothing wrong with using Twitter in this way, but realize that it won’t be effective if all you do is sell, sell, sell. You MUST participate in Twitter using many, if not all, of the styles of tweets in order to connect with your base.

15. The Spammer

Not be confused with a marketing message, The Spammer tweet is the tweet we love to hate. There are those who join Twitter and use it as a means doing nothing more than autofollowing as many people as possible in order to blast a spam tweet. Like email spammers, they figure if they throw enough of their crap against the wall something is bound to stick. Essentially, they take the social out of social media. They are the not engaged in any conversation. Because of this, their message falls on deaf ears and they are likely to be unfollowed and blocked by many members.

Source: Joelcomm.com

What types of tweets have you seen? Tell us in the comments…