You want to know the fastest way to lose followers? Get involved with politics on Twitter when your account is not politically focused. Here are several alternatives to expressing your political views without catching collateral damage from the political battles going on right now.
5. Express Actual Debatable Beliefs
We all share a lot more in common than not, after all. The political battles play off of the slight variations in beliefs. Having certain values and beliefs are fine – after all, you do want to surround yourself with people who believe the same things. Just stay away from the extreme side of your partisanship. Twitter is about sharing, not dictating. It’s more of a bipartisan game than anything, so treat it as such.
4. Don’t Polarize Your Niche Further
Unless you’re aiming to recreate the Chic-Fil-A debacle, chances are your following is just fine where it’s at. There’s a time and place for proclaiming polarizing belief systems, but if you’re an extremist and that identity fits into your brand, your Twitter account should already represent that fact. Otherwise, there’s no need to scare off all of your followers that aren’t obsessed with Obama. If you’re a conservative you probably have liberal contacts in your network that contribute fantastic content and retweet you daily. Why risk annoying them unnecessarily? Picking up a political sword when out of context is about as bad as tweeting incessantly thirty times an hour, every hour – it’s straight up irritating.
3. Get Some Jokes
Tread lightly, but poke fun at both sides. Show you’re a human and not just defined by your party. It’s a good time to shed some light on your humanity anyway. Let people know you don’t take yourself overly serious. It’s also a great way to deal with certain followers that constantly post opposing views that get under your skin. If anything, it’ll help lighten up your own mood about them so you don’t ruin your own perception of that wonderfully opinionated person.
2. Post Pictures That Represent Your Views
People are more likely to respond favorably to pictures than text. Words on a screen can be taken out of context, so your casual remark about Mitt’s smirk can be blown up in the mind of some very liberal follower who just sat through a debate pointing out to himself how much of a jerk Romney was the entire time. Boom. Unfollowed.
1. Share Alternatives That Aren’t Being Offered
Why settle with either full-on backing Romney and all he stands for or dedicating your soul to good ol’ boy Barack? Chances are you don’t realistically agree with every minute philosophy the individual has, so don’t project the impression that you do. When your twitter feed is blowing up with commentary on the debates, don’t just ignore it and start blasting out links to your photographic blog. Participate, but be original. Offer alternatives that aren’t already being thrown back and forth repeatedly.
We all know Romney’s “47%”er and that Biden laughs his way through topics of death. Don’t jump on the trains. Have opinions but be sociable; be original. Hell, I still think Ron Paul is the best President we’ll never have.