Sweet tweets: 5 steps to a kinder, gentler Twitter feed

Want a larger, more devoted following? Maybe you need to lighten up and start sharing more. Here’s how to get started.

Now that you’re an adult, your mom’s advice can help inform your social media presence.

At a birthday party, a fellow Twitter user and I struck up a conversation. We’d only met once before in person, and we’d had limited interaction on Twitter, but he remarked that I was nice and complimentary on Twitter.

What happened next surprised me.

Several people around us spoke up in agreement. Many said they felt they needed to improve at being nice and sharing the work of others on Twitter.

I don’t have a formula for how often I promote other people’s content on Twitter versus my own, but I do focus on drawing attention to the great work others are doing. If I find something on the Web that I like and think is beautiful, inspiring, useful, educational, or otherwise interesting, I share it. Simple as that.

If you want to improve at being nice and sharing more on Twitter, here’s how you can start:

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