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Twitter: 5 trusted ways to get re-tweeted

Make sure your Twitter message gets spread

We all like to think we're interesting, that why Twitter is so popular - because we all believe we've got something interesting to say. Here's our top five tips for getting yourself re-tweeted on the micro-blogging service.

Whether you care to admit it or not, you probably like to think you're interesting - that's why Twitter is popular after all, because anyone using the micro-blogging services believes they have something interesting/witty/thought-provoking to say.

On Twitter, the importance of what you have to say is often measured and validated by how frequently other people re-tweet your posts.

Maybe you're looking to hear feedback on your recent blog post. Or you've found an interesting article or a funny YouTube video that you want to share with others.

Aside from the instant ego boost that being re-tweeted provides ('Hey! They like me!'), re-tweeting also helps you reach a greater portion of the Twittersphere than you'd be able to on your own.

Dan Zarrella, author of The Social Media Marketing Book, knows his Twitter stats.

He's combed through tens of thousands of tweets and compiled a report detailing his findings.

Read on for his five tips to help you craft the kind of tweet that will get you noticed.

1. Time and day matter

Zarrella's research shows that to increase your chances of being re-tweeted, you should Tweet your links in afternoons, evenings and on weekends.

More specifically, Friday yields the highest number of re-tweets, while re-tweeting occurs much more frequently from 3pm to midnight.

2. Choose your words carefully

Zarrella has found that the most re-tweetable word is 'you'.

"The word 'you,' while very common, seems to occur especially often in re-tweets, indicating that if you're talking to 'me,' I am more likely to re-tweet it," Zarrella says.

The least re-tweetable words: game, going, haha, lol, but, watching, work, home, night and bed.

"The lesson learned here is that if you're trying to get more re-tweets, don't just engage in idle chit-chat or tweet about mundane activities," Zarrella suggests.

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