Twitter gives you the functionality to ‘pin’ a tweet to the top of your profile. Any visitor to your Twitter profile will see the ‘pinned’ tweet first, followed by all your other tweets (including those that you tweeted after the pinned tweet).
There are two benefits to a pinned tweet:
- Gaining new followers. Any one looking at your profile can immediately see one of your own ‘best’ tweets rather than a host of re-tweets that you’ve kindly done for other people or spurious thoughts that you’ve tweeted at random. This helps people decide what you’re about and whether or not to follow you.
- Getting more and better re-tweets. When you RT someone, they may re-pay the favour by RTing one of your tweets. But it can be pot luck what they chose to RT, it may be something irrelevant. However, if you have a pinned tweet this is likely to be chosen because it’s easy to spot right at the top of your profile. So, with a pinned tweet, the RTs you receive become better quality.
It’s easy to ‘pin’ a tweet. Go to the tweet that you want to pin. Click on the three dots. Select ‘Pin to your profile page’. Note – you can only have one pinned tweet at a time, not several.
I picked this tip up last week at an event on book marketing organised by Lizzie Lamb and the Leicester RNA. There were several interesting speakers and lots of advice thrown in from the floor too. And, as always, it was good to spend a day with other writers.
Anyone else have any good Twitter advice?
#1 by Wendy Clarke on October 8, 2015 - 10:06 am
That’s so interesting, Sally. Thank you. Do you know if you can change the pinned tweet and if do how?
#2 by Sally Jenkins on October 8, 2015 - 10:13 am
Yes, Wendy, you can change it. Simply ‘pin’ another tweet and it will take the place of your original pinned tweet.
#3 by Wendy Clarke on October 8, 2015 - 12:16 pm
Thanks, Sally. Have done it now but the pinned post doesn’t show up in my iPhone (neither do anyone else’s when I go to theirs) Any idea why?
#4 by Sally Jenkins on October 8, 2015 - 2:42 pm
I think this facility is currently been rolled out for mobile devices, Wendy. See this link http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/twitter-now-lets-you-pin-tweets-from-its-android-ios-apps-733412
#5 by juliathorley on October 8, 2015 - 12:23 pm
It’s amazing what you can do, but I don’t do Twitter.
#6 by Sally Jenkins on October 8, 2015 - 2:39 pm
I’m not a great fan of Twitter, Julia. I just feel that I should do it!
#7 by Keith Havers on October 8, 2015 - 2:40 pm
Thanks for that, Sally. I’ve seen pinned tweets on other users’ profiles but never considered it for myself. I assume you can unpin a tweet if it is no longer required.
#8 by Sally Jenkins on October 8, 2015 - 2:46 pm
Yes, Keith, there is an option to ‘unpin’ from profile page, if you click the three little dots.
#9 by blogaboutwriting on October 9, 2015 - 6:55 pm
thanks Sally – I have learned something new! I’ve ‘pinned’ a tweet – not necessarily my best ever, but I intend to change it in a few days’ time.
#10 by Sally Jenkins on October 10, 2015 - 8:20 am
Glad you found it useful, Helen.
#11 by crimewritingsolutions on October 11, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Once again Sally,you are a mine of very useful information. Thanks for sharing this tip.
#12 by Sally Jenkins on October 11, 2015 - 6:19 pm
Glad to be of service!
#13 by charliebritten on October 12, 2015 - 1:42 pm
I didn’t know this. Thanks, Sally.