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Team Tip: How To Twitter!

Nov 3, 2008

by sarawearsskirts handmade and vintage goods

There’s a lot of buzz lately about as an interactive marketing tool. (In fact, you can find Etsy at!) I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to how Etsy Teams can use to their advantage to effectively engage their audience and bring new buyers to members’ Etsy shops. Below are some simple steps on how you might develop Twitter as a useful tool for your Team.

What is Twitter describes itself as “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: “What are you doing? After creating an account, people can choose to follow other people’s Twitter posts, viewing posts online or via a mobile phone. Twitter is about quick glimpses into you or your brand, as you have 140 characters to type or include interesting links for your Twitter followers to read and respond to.

  1. To get started, discuss with your Team what your goals might be for a Team Twitter account. Goals can range from, but are not limited to, sharing knowledge (posting links to useful tutorials or tips online), to giving the Team a personality (having a friendly, anecdotal voice in posts), or driving traffic to content around the web from your Team. Most likely, successful Team Twitter accounts will aim at all three of these goals.
  2. Decide as a group who will be responsible for posting content – Many brands and businesses find it’s most interesting when several people post, but some feel there’s value to a consistent voice. Consider your goals as well as the natural talents and time availability of members when deciding who should have access to posting.
  3. Register a username for your Team.
  4. Tweet away! Don’t forget to interact with other members by responding to posts – engaging the people who are following you is a great way to really make the most of this medium. By starting a post with @(username), it’s easy for a user to find replies intended for them, even if they’re not currently following you.
  5. Find more people through Twitter – You can try the search tool to search for terms related to your Team, and then you can network with people talking about similar topics to what you’re posting about. If you have a little time to do some tweaking, you can try one of many third party tools for finding other members and organizing Twitter feeds, such as Tweetdeck.
  6. Stand out from the crowd – If you’re looking to spruce up your Team’s Twitter account page, you might consider adding photos of some recently listed products as a background, under Design in your Account Settings.
  7. Enjoy! Don’t think of Twitter as a chore, a task or a major thing to do on a giant to-do list. Rather, when you find something interesting, or perhaps whenever you find something worthy of bookmarking, simply post it to your Twitter account. When you have spare moment after checking email or starting a new task online, simply take a minute to check your Twitterstream to reply back to your network! Incorporating Twitter into your daily habits is the best way to have success with this tool.
  8. Do remember how useful Twitter can be for communicating in real time – Twitter is a great way to promote events, like Team Online Labs trunk shows or local events!

For more information, you can check RedPanda‘s informative post in the Etsy forums, this interview that WineNutNYC did with some Etsy sellers on successfully using Twitter to market, or this great article on 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business.

Find us at and post in the comments with the link to your Twitter feed!

For more Team Tips, please check the Teams Resource page.  Also, we discuss the Team Tips, news and ideas in the Etsy Teams email list! Keep up the great work, Etsy Teams!

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  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    very timely topic - I'm following Etsy on my Twitter! Thanks for posting an article that really speaks to a current and vital part of a lot of Etsian's business.

  • sandcookies

    sandcookies said 7 years ago

    I love the birds with the twitter story:) I love it when you guys do that:)

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 7 years ago

    Great article! I'm on twitter too

  • TotusMel

    TotusMel said 7 years ago

    Ah, Twitter, the newest addiction. Thanks for the tips!

  • auryndesign

    auryndesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great info!

  • tinaseamonster

    tinaseamonster said 7 years ago

    you can follow me on twitter at

  • tamdoll

    tamdoll said 7 years ago

    I followed the link here from twitter.... good idea to use it for teams You can follow me on twitter at:

  • fenrislorsrai

    fenrislorsrai said 7 years ago

    See how fast the comments pile up via Twitter! I got here through a tweet on the Etsy feed as well. Keeping a balance between plug and content is also important. A lot of my twitter feed is links to comics I'm reading, so if you're a closest comic nerd, you'll like that.

  • Emmakat

    Emmakat said 7 years ago

    I'm on twitter too!

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie said 7 years ago

    I love Twitter. Please have a look at my tweets here!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    tweet tweet! oxox!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 7 years ago

    how fitting to have birds on the related items

  • noteworthycrafts

    noteworthycrafts said 7 years ago

    good info!

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 7 years ago

    Very handy post! See you on Twitter :)

  • shoofly

    shoofly said 7 years ago

    I've got a big fat crush on twitter... follow me here:

  • absolutelysmall

    absolutelysmall said 7 years ago

    Yes! How did I find this post? Through Twitter. It's kind of replaced blogging for me. (And almost all other social networking!)

  • EirewolfCreations

    EirewolfCreations said 7 years ago

    I heart Twitter! :-D

  • daveschappell

    daveschappell said 7 years ago

    TeachStreet loves Twitter (and Etsy) too! Can follow me/us here:

  • evesimone

    evesimone said 7 years ago

    LOVE twitter, so easy to keep up w everyone!

  • dogties

    dogties said 7 years ago

    Great bird items! Twitter rocks too!

  • lizplummer

    lizplummer said 7 years ago

    I love Twitter too - I'm on Also it makes it a lot easier on Twitter if you have an addon like Twitterfox for Firefox because it is incorporated into your browser and any tweets pop up automatically as they come in.... and you can tweet without going to the Twitter homepage each time.

  • mizkatie

    mizkatie said 7 years ago

    I just admitted last week that I'm addicted to Twitter. Most of my friends there are on Etsy. It's a great way to find out out sales or new listings.

  • missfruitfly

    missfruitfly said 7 years ago

    Warning: Twittering is highly addictive.

  • stonerainartistry

    stonerainartistry said 7 years ago

    Very cool, just got on twitter!! I will be using this for discounts too.

  • redpanda

    redpanda said 7 years ago

    Hi everyone! You all can find me at <3!

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily said 7 years ago

    We love Twitter!

  • mrsjennahatfield

    mrsjennahatfield said 7 years ago

    Twittering is highly addictive. But I've found so many wonderful etsy stores through random clicks in twitter. And so, as a BUYER, not a seller, I strongly suggest stores to go ahead and tweet away! My advice: Don't just tweet your business happenings, sales or links. Get to KNOW and interact with your potential customers. :) And, quite possibly, wait until after this election. Yikes. It's warfare today.

  • mekongmedicinals

    mekongmedicinals said 7 years ago

    i love twitter! perfect bite-size goodness for my busy life :D

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    So informative thanks for the article. I was just wondering about Twitter, cuz some people have said they Twittered me. With a little trepadation I said thank you, but now I know it's a good thing YAY!!!

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights said 7 years ago

    I'm totally twitter addicted as well

  • aprilink

    aprilink said 7 years ago

    found this post through my twitter! fun and informative. come say hi!:

  • ElegantSnobbery

    ElegantSnobbery said 7 years ago

    Twitter addict, here.

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 7 years ago

    Thanks for a neat little article. I'd heard of twitter before, but hadn't bothered to figure out exactly what it is!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 7 years ago

    So little time,so many tweets!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    Great twitter tips, i didn't know that about images! You can find and friend The {NewNew} York Street Team at for all your nyc metro area craft updates

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 7 years ago

    I am having a ball tweeting away! My blog is jealous.

  • MoranArtandQuilts

    MoranArtandQuilts said 7 years ago

    I was so thrilled to see my bird quilt on here! Thanks so much.

  • abstractsofnature

    abstractsofnature said 7 years ago

    Just joined Etsy, finding my way around and just setting up my store but I am also on Twitter

  • flyingzoo

    flyingzoo said 7 years ago

    thanks for this info!!! http:/

  • flyingzoo

    flyingzoo said 7 years ago

    i'm sorry....

  • smallbookcompany

    smallbookcompany said 7 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of Twitter. I've been using Twitter since this May, and I've found it to be a great tool for connecting with other artists and for getting more people to come to my blog. If anyone wants to find out more about Twitter and some Twitter tools, I've made a Squidoo lens about it at Oh and..

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 7 years ago

    YAY for twitter. I'm new to it and here goes...

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 7 years ago

    Yes! I do love birds and when I found all these different groups of people twittering... I was hooked. or strangled, to keep building a nest.

  • Studio618

    Studio618 said 7 years ago

    I think Twitter is great, like a mini blog. Short and sweet!

  • treasurefield

    treasurefield said 7 years ago

    I'm new to Twitter. I needed this article! :)

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 7 years ago

    I got sucked in too it's so addictive

  • optimatordave

    optimatordave said 7 years ago

    I think etsy and Twitter are two of the best tools to come along in quite a while for crafty sellers! Thanks for this article! Here's an awesome blog post about Twittering for crafters: --rings_things (Dave at Rings & Things)

  • deirdresdesigns

    deirdresdesigns said 7 years ago

    i'm sucked in too! LOL

  • beckarahn

    beckarahn said 7 years ago

    I tweet for me and I just set up one for my workplace - I work at an art center and we are using it like a mini newsletter of events-of-the-day.

  • 3RexesJewelry

    3RexesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Still don't get it.... But I'm learning!1!!

  • CandyStickLane

    CandyStickLane said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great article! Ive a Twitter newbie as of last month :)

  • randomscraps

    randomscraps said 7 years ago

    I just joined! Thanks for a great article!

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 said 7 years ago

    :D am

  • tjboyd

    tjboyd said 7 years ago

    I used Twitter during the election, I thought it was a news thing. I just happened to read a post about Twitter and Etsy. I guess now I will Twitter and stumble.

  • cthings

    cthings said 7 years ago

    It is a fun tool! Thanks for the article! I just started last week.

  • TheHauntedHollowTree

    TheHauntedHollowTree said 7 years ago

    Following Etsy now on Twitter! Just started a few days ago.. thanks for the article!

  • LegendaryTigerHero

    LegendaryTigerHero said 7 years ago

    Joined Twitter today! I need some pals!

  • rasideas

    rasideas said 7 years ago

    Twitter is incredible, love all the applications! Follow me on Twitter at

  • dropofsunshine

    dropofsunshine said 7 years ago

    I'm still learning!!!

  • ElizaHoneyShed

    ElizaHoneyShed said 7 years ago

    This is a great set of tips, perfect for the new year and new media.

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tip

  • retro80s

    retro80s said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! I just joined Twitter a few weeks ago and I find this information very useful. Retro Handmade Team

  • TheBearAffair

    TheBearAffair said 7 years ago

    Great article. I can barely keep up with Etsy and don't know how people keep track of all of these sites - gads C:

  • sechakecha

    sechakecha said 7 years ago

    Twitter is awesome!

  • bellta

    bellta said 7 years ago

    I love etsy

  • ItsAllAboutThePrint

    ItsAllAboutThePrint said 7 years ago

    Giving it my best shot!

  • Nataliaraya

    Nataliaraya said 6 years ago

    Great article! Glad I found it I'm getting tweetdeck right now. Here's mine

  • clockworkIX

    clockworkIX said 6 years ago



    CARLACOUTURE said 5 years ago

    follow me on twitter carla pucello

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