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7 Ways to be a Good Twitter Friend

'You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you'  -  Charlotte from "Charlotte's Web"

To have good friends, you must first be a good friend. This applies to all types of friendships, be it in real life or e-friends. We may not, maybe never, be in the same place as our social media friends. However, the principles of friendship apply.

Why would we want to be a good friend? Because friendships are beneficial for our health.

Here are 7 ways to be a good twitter friend.

1.  Spend time with each other.

Your conversations on twitter do not need to be personal or long. Quick 'I'm thinking of you' moments or brief chats of several minutes can go a long way as your basis for a strong support network.

2.  Listen.

Never underestimate the importance of listening. Try to understand the situation from your friend's point of view, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with his or her opinion. Don't assume your friend wants advice, sometimes he or she just wants someone to listen.

3.  Give your friend a hug or a smile.

This simple gesture will go a long way.

4.  Let your friend know you care.

You may wish to send them a song or a picture or write them a poem, to show them how special they are to you. On twitter, this is all free, all it takes is your time.

5.  Be a friend through good times & bad.

Be genuinely happy or sad for your friend, depending on the occasion. Include them in the good & bad of your life too. As they say, 'a friend in need is a friend indeed'.

6.  Don't keep score.

Cut the slack if you have a good friend. You don't have to remember who said hello first last time or if they included you as a friend recommendation. The health benefits of friendship will outlast any score-keeping.

7.  Make friends a priority.

Maybe you feel you 'should' clean the house, do grocery shopping, watch some TV. However, it is important to give friends a priority. This is important for your health.

Although this is titled how to be a good twitter friend, the above applies to all friendships, including your real life friends as well.

Read more:   4 Health Benefits of Friendship...

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