Twitter is a great tool for keeping in touch with clients. Once you’ve got a solid following, you need to take care so they don’t lose interest. There is plenty of advice out there about must-do’s on Twitter, but don’t burn yourself out trying to follow all of it. Basically, you need to be (1) consistent and (2) focus on areas related to your work. Use Twitter to help brand your work, business, and market your particular expertise. For example, if you work in a family law practice, keep your tweets focused on those issues. Similarly, if you are an accountant or physician, tweet on topics your clients are likely to ask you about.
Some lawyers have wondered it tweets might be taken for legal advice. But if all you do is provide information—such as “legislative bills affecting custody arrangements” with a link—you aren’t giving advice, just the facts. Some professionals add a disclaimer to their bios stating they are not providing advice or even agreeing with the information they tweet. However, not everyone who sees your tweet will read your bio page. It may not be very effective, though, and it certainly doesn’t reflect your work.
Twitter redesigned its profile pages this past April to make it more attractive for professionals. New users will get it right away, while it will be rolled out for existing ones. The profile, or bio, page now lets you feature your “best” tweets—those with the most retweets and responses (“engagement” in Twitter-speak). It also lets you highlight (“pin”) a past tweet that reflects your best work.
I’ve read a lot of best practices. Some contradict one another. Here is a list of those I’ve personally found are effective and are easy to incorporate into your routine:
Professional associations and specialty news sites are well-represented on Twitter.
To find a specific topic, search with a hashtag. For example, typing #cardiology in the search box brings a drop-down list with hyperlinks to photos, news, and videos related to cardiology including the journal Cardiology Today and the American College of Cardiology.