If you’re an Indie music artist and you’re not already on Twitter, I really suggest you join…like, now.

Why? Because rising tides lift all boats. Twitter is a rising tide. Actually, it’s more like a tidal wave. According to the State of the Twittersphere Report, each day, 5000-10,000 new people join. It’s growing like gangbusters.

So why should you care?Β First of all, let me say, when it comes to understanding Twitter, people generally fall into 3 different groups.

The first group is people asking “What’s Twitter and how do I use it?” The second group is people who are already using Twitter with varying degrees of effectiveness. The third group is saying, “Wait, WTF is Twitter!?”

I’ll address the first two groups.
To those who don’t know what Twitter is, it’s basically a microblogging site that allows you to tell other people what you’re doingΒ in short blurbs of no more than 140 characters. You follow what others are saying and they follow you. That’s it.

To those of you already on Twitter, congrats. I hope you’re using it well. Unfortunately, I know many of you aren’t. Because I want everyone to be the best that they can be, there’s a few points I want to address to help you make sense of what Twitter can really do for you whether you’re an indie music artist, music entrepreneur or just all around superstar.

I spoke with a chick the other day who’s an indie artist and she mentioned that she doesn’t get Twitter. Too many useless postings from other people, she said. She’s right. It’s one of the reasons it’s hard to make sense of Twitter when you’re new to it. Some of the postings make me laugh. Like the guy who Tweets that he is, “now officially enjoying a chocolate chip cookie and feeling relaxed…”

Hey, cookie monster! If you’re reading this, I’m ecstatic that you enjoy African Music Streaming Platform chocolate chip cookies and all. Next time add a glass of milk to go with it too. But please spare me the details of your horribly boring life by not feeling the need to post something every time you blink.

Look, I know many of you reading this like to post trivial stuff too. And it’s fine, as long as that’s not all you post. The thing about Twitter is that for it to be effective for you, you need to be clear about what you want to accomplish; not just in the immediate, but with your career.

The fact is this: The only way you will ever be successful at Twittering is by realizing that for it to work, it must be used for two things. The first is networking with the right people. You’ll be amazed at who you’ll find on Twitter. If you want to network with people who’s most interesting quality is that they like chocolate chip cookies, that’s cool and all, but my guess is that most of you want to network with people you respect and look up to. The second thing that Twitter should be used for is spreading your ideas. Your good ideas. Not ramblings about how your roommate’s shoes are going clickety-clack.

But you have to be strategic about how you do all of this. Don’t spam people. I’m always shocked at how so many people think that just because you’re on the Internet, normal rules of human decency do not apply. Social networks are about nothing but human nature. If you forget that, you will fail.

With that said, here are several hardcore principles you need to respect in order to succeed at networking and spreading your ideas on Twitter. The technical aspects of using Twitter you can pick up easily, but it’s an understanding of the more general rules of dealing with people that will bring you success. Here are my four important things to remember for success on Twitter:

STRANGERS DON’TΒ CAREΒ ABOUT YOU
Sounds harsh and cynical. I know. But if you’re an adult and haven’t realized this, give up now. But I’m assuming that since you’re reading my article, you’re of above average intelligence(haha). If you want to be like the cookie monster and lurk around, anonymously Tweeting about shit nobody cares about, fine.

But I’m not going to pay attention to you. Why? Because I don’t know you yet and I don’t care about what you’re doing. Give me interesting information. Then I’ll consider you. And the more you do that, the higher profile you’ll start to have in my mind. People who just Tweet about their boring lives don’t attract quality eyeballs. Be strategic. Know what you want to accomplish. Then you’ll know what to Tweet, what to Retweet and who to target.