Twitter Tip: How to Toot Your Own Horn

Date September 2, 2009


Someone asked me the following question today:

Sometimes I see people making a little celebratory announcement on Twitter. Like being listed on the Top 20 Twitterers for this or that, for instance. Is that something where it’s OK for the influencer types to do it but not really the rest of us [average users]?

This is a great question to ask. I don’t think tooting your own horn or celebrating something you’ve done well applies only to the people on the “A List”. In my opinion it’s all in how you do it.

Don’t Celebrate Like This
“I was just told I’m amazing! I am amazing! Look at me! How could you deny it?”

Your approach should be more suave and celebratory.

Do Something Like This
“I was just called “amazing” by John. Gosh that makes me feel great! THANK YOU!”

There’s nothing wrong with saying that someone recognizes you as having done something good. Just don’t be one of those people who comes across as a pompous self-centered know-it-all.

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