Social Media Quick Tip: Tweet Often
During a recent recruiting initiative, Bellevue (Neb.) PD used Twitter constantly to relay important information
It’s called a Twitter stream. Think of it like a stream of water—sometimes a voracious river—and it never stops flowing. Most of your followers see it that way. Some people hang on your department’s every word, and will check your page and read every tweet. But that’s not the norm.
I’ve seen it said that a tweet’s life is anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. If you have an important topic to tweet about, in order to maximize chances of it getting read by the most followers, consider sending it out two or three times a day every day leading up to the event. You’ll have to write each Tweet differently or Twitter may not send it, but that forces you to be more creative.
For four weeks leading up to a recent recruiting initiative, the Bellevue (Neb.) PD tweeted information about testing and deadlines. The department tweeted a couple times the first week and more frequently as the deadline grew closer, with two or three tweets a day the final week. The department also put information on its Facebook page once a week. The combined strategy generated a great deal of conversation and awareness in both venues.
You can use Twitter management tools or social media dashboards, such as Tweetdeck or HootSuite, to write all the tweets at once and pre-schedule them to go out.
This Social Media Quicktip was previously published on LawOfficer.com.
This is a great reminder. I had not read that the life of a tweet is 5 to 15 minutes but it certainly makes sense. I think if your followers have a low follower count a read or RT hours afterwards is likely. Another way to add life to a Tweet is to encourage your followers to add you to lists or groups (I use Tweetdeck to assign certain followers to columns. I am less likely to miss their Tweets.