How to win at Twitter

Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner are the authors of the satirical self-improvement manual How to Win at Everything. Their exclusive series for the Daily Dot will teach you how to win at the only thing that matters: The Internet.

How to win at Twitter

Jason Reed

Twitter is the microblogging platform that has transformed the way journalists, revolutionaries, and depressed 20-somethings complain about TV. How to amass legions of followers who eagerly await your every tossed-off missive? Use these tips to triumph at Twitter.

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Twitter posts (or “twosts”) are limited to 140 characters—which actually comes down to 60, as you’ll want to save the last 80 characters for attention-grabbing exclamation points.

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Attract new followers by using irresistible hashtags, like #Sex, #Sexxx, and #OverturnedMoneyTruck.

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Choose an eye-catching avatar, like a memorable image that encapsulates your unique worldview or, alternatively, a photo of a girl with bangs.

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Guarantee celebrity retweets by @-replying them with hollow compliments that also overtly hint that you’re a child with cancer.

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Stick with it! The majority of Twitter accounts are eventually turned into best-selling novelty books, which in turn become sitcoms, which themselves become Peabody Award–winning documentary films.

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Learn the lingo

Twitter can be intimidating for newbies if you don’t speak the language. Here’s a glossary of Twitter terminology:

RT: Retweet

MT: Megatweet

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DM: Deadly Mudslide

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Subtweet: Any tweet sent from a submarine.

FF: Short for Waffles

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A final Twitter tip

Some cultural events or news stories require thoughtful contemplation before you weigh in—so give yourself at least 15 seconds before telling everyone your opinion.

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Photo via Internet Archive | Remix by Jason Reed

Daniel Kibblesmith

Daniel Kibblesmith

Daniel Kibblesmith is an Emmy-nominated writer, cartoonist, and comedian from Oak Park, Illinois. He is a staff writer for 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' and a founding editor of ClickHole. He is the co-author of the humor book 'How to Win at Everything.'