In my ongoing series Getting Started with Twitter: 10 Steps to Twitter Competence, I’ve shared how Twitter novices can dive into one of the fastest-growing social media sites on the web. From choosing a name to the basics of tweeting, from recommending Twitter apps to suggesting ways to get more Twitter followers, I hope I’ve provided at least one new idea you can implement in order to increase your enjoyment of the site and your engagement with your audience.

In this next-to-last installment of this ten-part series, I’m offering 51 Twitter templates: questions and quotes that may help you entice and engage your online audience.

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Questions

1. How would your friends describe you in three words?
2. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
3. What book(s) are you reading right now?
4. What’s the best question you’ve ever been asked?
5. How can I help you accomplish something today?
6. What are you most looking forward to right now?
7. Who are the top 3 people you follow on Twitter?
8. What’s your favorite website?
9. What means the most to you in the world?
10. What one movie could you watch over and over?

11. What are you working on right now?
12. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
13. What famous alive person do you most want to meet?
14. What famous dead person would you have most wanted to meet?
15. What one book have you read more than any other book?
16. What’s your favorite app?
17. iOS, Android, other and why?
18. What’s the funniest web video you’ve ever seen?
19. If you only had one day left to live, what would you do on that day?
20. What’s your favorite time of the day and why?
21. What’s your all-time favorite word? Why?
22. Where did your best vacation take place? Why was it awesome?
23. If you could be in any band, which one would you join? What would you play?
24. If you had to eat the same meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
25. What do you hope will be on your epitaph?

Quotes

26. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx
27.  “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis
28. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams
29. “We read to know that we are not alone.” ― William Nicholson
30. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ― Groucho Marx
31. “I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer” ― Douglas Adams
32.  “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” ― Albert Einstein
33. “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.” “What mood is that?” “Last-minute panic.” ― Bill Watterson
34. “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.” ― G.K. Chesterton
35. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”― Leo Tolstoy
36. “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” ― Victor Hugo
37. “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” ― G.K. Chesterton
38. “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
39. “I cut an inch off of every straw I see, just to make the world suck a little less.
” ― Jarod Kintz
40. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ― Scott Adams
41. “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” ― Geoffrey Chaucer
42. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” ― Mark Twain
43.  “A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.” ― Anne Lamott
44. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
45.  “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” ― Jim Elliot
46.  “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” ― Mark Twain
47. “Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.” ― Steve Martin
48. “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when … God hates all the same people you do.” ― Anne Lamott
49. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
50. “Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” ― Joss Whedon

The Best Tweet You Can Make

51. Thank you @______ for ______.

This list is by no means comprehensive, but I hope it gets your creativity flowing in regards to crafting tweets so that others will engage in online conversation with you. Through thoughtful questions, you can get to know someone online that you may never meet in real life. Through carefully curated quotes (check out goodreads.com/quotes), people can get to know you and your interests better. Plus, quotes are often retweeted.

What question would you add to the list? Or what’s one of your all-time favorite quotes? Leave it in the comments, or tweet it to me @batwood.

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