Most people understand that the only way to be relevant or benefit at all from having a presence on Twitter is to engage your follower base. Unfortunately if you spend all day responding to everything each person who follows you says, you’ll probably come across as annoying or won’t get any response after a while. Obviously that means you are wasting your time. So how do you engage people without bugging them? It’s easy, cash in on opinions.
Everyone has an opinion on something. Everything from entertainment to politics elicits different responses from people. Why not invite them to share their views on something without polarizing them with your own? Try posing either/or questions through Twitter. Examples could be things like “Who do you think will win this game? The Bears or Packers?” or “Which do you like more? Dancing with the Stars or American Idol?”
By posing questions like this, you create a personal connect with someone by allowing them to express their views with you in a safe way. Try it some time and let me know what kind of response you get.