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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.

3. Include a link

In a random sample of tweets, Zarrella found that about 19 percent included a link.

Compare that to a sample of re-tweets, and the percentage almost triples - 57 percent included links, suggesting that the presence of a link may increase a tweet's chances of being shared.

4. Get friendly with bit.ly

The most successful URL shortener, according to Zarrella's research, is bit.ly, followed by ow.ly, most likely because they are newer and contain fewer characters, he says.

The least re-tweetable URL shorteners are the older and longer tinyurl.com and twitpic.com.

5. Less is more

"New data I've been working on seems to indicate that the more frequently you tweet links, the fewer clicks you'll get," Zarrella says. If you tweet several times an hour, you decrease the likelihood of being re-tweeted.

Keeping your tweets to one per hour will increase your chances of being re-tweeted.

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See also: 8 great free Twitter apps

  1. Make sure your Twitter message gets spread
  2. Links and URL shortening services

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