Using Motivational Quotes to reach Twitter Followers?

An increasing number of folks in social media appear to be using using motivational quotes as a way to reach twitter followers & maximize their social media impact. Heck there are even sites that offer  tips to get people retweeting   that include recommendations as well as links to tools to generate automate quotes from your twitter account.My thoughts on this issue are kind of mixed for the following reasons.

1. Folks like @tonyrobbins & Deepak Chopra  use motivational tweets & quotes really well, they provide much inspiration & soul food for their followers… BUT ..motivating people is what these folks do for a living! Such tweets are totally in line with what they do, the contribution they bring to the social media party.

2. Automated Tweets- I totally get why increasing numbers of brands are using automated tweets, however understanding the business reasons for this doesn’t equate with getting it on an emotional level. Isn’t Twitter about actively talking with, engaging with others, if so what place do automated tweet bots have at the party?

3.Keeping it real- if motivational life coaching is your day job then, IMHO using such quotes on twitter is showing your real self to your followers but most of us aren’t life coaches, spiritual leaders,famous writers or poets,relying too heavily on inspirational quotes can begin to make a person’s tweets seem forced & artificial .

I’m an average bear, when I stumble to my computer to greet my followers and am confronted with Emerson at 6am I don’t feel motivated, I feel rather inadequate as here’s a person tweeting Emerson  & I’m trying to get coffee into my mouth without spilling it all over my keyboard. I sit there trying to come up with my own motivational quote to greet my followers with & am frankly stumped, why? because aside from the occasional toast at a party I don’t walk around actually quoting famous people! & if I started doing so people who know me would laugh me right out of the room! Smile

Summing it up

My favorite way to greet my followers in the morning? I just say “Good morning Twitter” Occasionally I’ll quote Tony the tiger “It’s gonna be a great Day”.Simple? yes but real, directly from my keyboard & not some autobot.

What do you think?

What do you think of using Motivational Quotes to reach Twitter Followers ? What are your thoughts on the use of automated services that deliver inspirational quotes to the Twitter stream? Please, let me know your thoughts and observations!

About Jean Parks

Jean Parks is a chocolate & cupcake loving, computer & gadget addict from Boston, MA


  1. I greet my twitter morning with a “neeeeeed cofffeeeeeee” tweet or similiar! And because I live in Germany (6 hours ahead of EST) I am usually met with humor and delight by my stateside friends!

    I agree – inspirational quotes are interesting if they relate to your brand. I often RT quotes or share them if I am personally impacted.

    As for auto responses? I don’t like them – the intended “personal contact” creates (for me) the absolute opposite – it feels impersonal and disconnected.

  2. Jeana says:

    Great Post!

    My 2 cents:
    I will ocassionally tweet a quote if it has spoke to the situation that I am currently in but don’t do it to gain followers. I would rather chat using my own words.

    I don’t use automated services on Twitter. I don’t really care for them. I follow people to hear them not an automated service.

  3. I think it’s LAME when I see the person using quotes over and over again. Yes once in awhile everyone wants to quote something, we’ve all done it – but every hour ? I think you are right about making a connection on Twitter, I find I get the most sanctification thru actually talking to people and gaining insight from them. I’ve only been using Twitter actively for a couple months now but the fans and friends I have made already make the effort put into Tweeting worth it.

  4. Ha! Yes coffee is a big word on my cloud ;-) Motivational quotes? If “Take me away calgon…” counts, then I’m guilty!

  5. Crissy says:

    I swear, I was just thinking about this. What I kind of hate is the fact that some use motivational quotes with no credit, and why you can probably assume it’s a quote taken from the internet, it’s kind of passed off as their own wisdom? People retweet it like wildfire b/c it’s the cool thing to do.

    I like a good quote every once in a while, but if someone is doing it more than a few times a week, I find it kind of annoying and like a ploy to get RT’s LOL.

  6. Twitter is extremely keyword sensitive. Random quotes related to everything only results in random people looking for anything (or nothing). If you are promoting or selling a specific product or service there are better things you can do with your social media.


  7. shoppinqueen says:

    The thing that gets me about the motivational tweets is that I tend to see them really early in the AM, I’m sitting here, eyes barely open, wearing my well worn favorite fleece robe, my hair a mess.. then suddenly “Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well. ” Emerson.. scrolls across my feed. LOL,I don’t feel motivated, I feel like a schlump! Aquire great power? Hell if I can manage to get out of the house wearing shoes that actually match I’m doing good!

    yes, I once went to work wearing 2 black shoes that while similar in style didn’t match! :)

  8. michelle says:

    I feel that those automated quotes are like spam so that’s how I end up treating them, ie ignoring them. I like a motivational quote as much as the next person but I’d rather they came up with it themselves rather than a tired quote we’ve all heard a million times before. Something from the heart I guess if I’m bring a little cheesy :)

  9. shoppinqueen says:

    Crissy, I was talking to my husband about this issue, he came looked over my shoulder at the tweet in question & said “he’s probably sitting in his parent’s basement wearing stained BVD’s copying/pasting those tweets with his Cheetos’s stained orange fingers” LOL!

  10. Barbara says:

    I tweet quotes that inspire me, a few of my favorite ones and new ones that I want to share. My intent is to brighten someone else’s day; I try to stay away from the quotes that “preach to do this or don’t do that”. I don’t care for automated tweets of any kind. I try to find the author and give credit, but I often can’t find that info so I just use the quote hashtag to indicate it was not written by me. I do think you can learn something about a person or company though from what they tweet, quotes included, because I think they provide a glimpse of who that person is or what the company values. I think that includes quotes that aren’t our own and even if we’re not spiritual leaders. I can’t speak as to whether businesses tweet quotes to find new followers, but I enjoy a few scattered here and there between other content whether from an individual or business, particularly the ones that make me stop, think, appreciate or learn.

    Happy weekend!

  11. Barbara says:

    forgot my twitter id….@Goin2Carolina

  12. I totally agree! I am actually a life coach and speaker… so mine is a day job that is in line with it. And it’s one of my biggest pet peeves online to have a realtor or tax guy smatter their account with quotes. It’s like false-advertizing since their real content is “buy my stuff.” I just unfollow those people.

    Count me in on your point – let’s be real! That’s part of the fun of being in this bizarre cyber social world!

  13. shoppinqueen says:

    I love comparing & sharing the different ways we all use our Twitter accounts, don’t get me wrong, a well timed quote from someone can really drive home a point, particularly in a blogging/business chat situation. My rant is more around what seems to be an ever increasing stream of automated quotes. Some mornings my entire feed is littered with em.


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