This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s “10 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Twitter,” in which we talked about some of the many ways nonprofit can use social media networks, such as Twitter, as a communications vehicle to support their organization’s larger goals.

With that in mind, I asked some of my favorite people on Twitter to join me in sharing their favorite tips and resources, and with that, I share with you: 20 Tips for Nonprofits Using Twitter.

1 – Chris Tuttle

Senior Internet Solutions Consultant, Blackbaud | Follow @christuttle

ChrisTuttle: Crowdsource your Twitter network for ideas, tips, resources and feedback! #TwitterTips

2 – Heidi Massey

Community Builder and Technology Evangelist, CommunityConnective |

HeidiEKMassey: Set up lists to help streamline your followers. Make them public so others can use them too. #twittertips

2 – Melody Ann Ross

Freelance Partnership Cultivation Specialist |

submittedmelody: #TwitterTips Give your account personality! My volunteers are concerned about who they serve with and enjoying it. #SmileWithWords

3 – Will Coley

Aquifer Media |

WillColey: For easier reading, the best informational tweets are formulated like this: [message] [shortened link] via [source] [hashtag] #TwitterTips

4 – Jen Price

Fundraiser and nonprofit management advocate |

PhilanthropyInk: Using Twitter to engage nonprofit supporters? Share photos of org's impact. A picture is worth more than 140 characters. #TwitterTips

5 – Farra Trompeter

Vice President, Big Duck |

farra: Personalize your photo and bio to let people know who you are and what you tweet about. Be authentic and be yourself. #TwitterTips

6 – David Krumlauf

Chief Technologist, Pierce Family Foundation |

dkrumlauf: When retweeting a good post, it's better to add your own comment to make it more personal to your followers. #TwitterTips

7 – Danielle Brigida

National Wildlife Federation |

starfocus: Shhhhh...are you listening? Using Twitter to listen to what is resonating with people and sparking conversation is key. #Twittertips

8 – John Merritt

Vice President, Information Technology, YMCA of San Diego County |

johnmerritt: Messaging is great, but auto-responders are SPAM. Keep it real! #TwitterTips

9 – Kerri Karvetski

Company K Media | Follow @karvetski

karvetski: Filter your Twitter feed with @hootsuite Start with one of these 30 super useful #nonprofit hashtags http://ow.ly/5txXw #TwitterTips

10 – Shana Masterson

Lead Manager, Online Campaigns – National Brain Tumor Society |

npshana: Let your website visitors/email subscribers keep the conversation going by providing visible "Tweet This" options. #TwitterTips

11 – Steve Heye

Digital Content Services Manager, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago |

SteveHeye: Learn to use adv. twitter search (http://on.mash.to/12jrbk) & find people to follow based on topic (not just friendscelebs) #twittertips

12 – Tania Little

Ideate Philanthropy |

tanialittle: Genuine, real, quirky, funny - just be YOU. That's what will bring in + keep meaningful followers. #TwitterTips

13 – Nancy Schwartz

Publisher-GettingAttention.org | President – Nancy Schwartz & Company |

NancySchwartz: Don't overstay your welcome. In most cases, tweet a max of 5 times a day (except in breaking news or twitter chat situations) #TwitterTips

14 – Jereme Bivins

Social Media Manager, The Foundation Center |

jcbivins: You may be speaking to a lot of people at once, but Twitter is still about blding relationships w/ individuals. #TwitterTips

15 – Will Coley

Aquifer Media | Follow @willcoley

willcoley: #Hashtags are essential #to most tweets #but too many #make #tweets #unreadable, especially to #newbies. Why complicate it? #TwitterTips

16 – Patrick Sallee

Director of Development, American Red Cross Kansas City Region |

patricksallee: Engage with people around a broad range of issues relevant to your mission, not just singular focus #twittertips

17 – Josh Stuart

JoshStuart.ca |

joshstuart: Decide on a voice, and use tools like @klout and @hootsuite to measure your results and improve engagement. #twittertips

18 – John Merritt

Vice President, Information Technology, YMCA of San Diego County | Follow @johnmerritt

johnmerritt: Follow back! Twitter is about making connections and building community. #TwitterTips

19 – Kerri Karvetski

Company K Media | Follow @karvetski

karvetski2: Who loves you baby? @listwatcher lets you know when you've been added to someone's Twitter list #TwitterTips

20 – Chris Tuttle

Senior Internet Solutions Consultant, Blackbaud |

christuttle2: If you're new to Twitter, follow the #TwitterTips hashtag by clicking "Save This Search" and learn from others.
What TwitterTips Do You Have?

Share your own Twitter Tips with others in the comments below or on Twitter by using the #TwitterTips hashtags.  It’s the community networking on Twitter that have made it such a successful social network, and hopefully you are part of it–learn from others and share your tips as well!

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