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  • Twitter 101: To Tweet or Not To Tweet?

    This seems to be a hot question with businesses new to Twitter. Why do I need to hear what people had for

    lunch, or that theyre walking their dog? Well these posts are allowing you to get to know the person beyond

    the virtual world. The majority of posts are not lunch or dog related, but rather helpful and useful information

    that you can then share with your followers. So how do you use this new social media platform? Lets take a

    look at some of the basic features to get you started.

    The Tweet

    This is a 140 character mini blog post. This post will appear to each of your followers. This is a short summary

    on what is going on, what you are doing, something interesting you want to pass on and information you want

    to share.

    Who to Follow?

    Twitter is about connecting and networking. People will follow you and you can follow people. When you have

    found someone that peaks your interests you can follow them and receive their Tweet updates. When you are

    on their Twitter profile you will see their picture and just below will be a follow button. In one click you are their

    newest follower. Do you have to follow someone who is following you? This is up to you. You do not have to,

    but keep this little tidbit in mind. If you are not following someone they cannot direct message (private

    message) you in the future.

    Finding people to follow:

    Search on Twitter. If you know their user name, first name or last name this can be the easiest way

    to find them. To do this click on the Find People button at the top of your Twitter page.

    Your other networks. If you are on Facebook, LinkedIn or other social networks check your

    connections and see if they are on Twitter. This is an easy way to get directly to their page and follow


    Email/RSS/or Text follow. You can invite your connections to Twitter if they are not Tweeting yet.

    Send them an email with your information and invite them to join you. If they do not want to sign up for

  • Twitter at this time let them know they can subscribe to your RSS feed and get your updates that way.

    To do this all they need to do is click on the RSS button in the right column and insert that URL into

    their RSS reader. The other option they have is to receive your updates to their wireless device as a

    text message. All they have to do is follow [user name] to 40404.

    If you decide you do not want to follow someone any more, just visit their page and hit the unfollow

    button below their picture.

    The Art of the @ Reply

    You received a Tweet that must be shared now what do you do? Quite simple, from the Twitter interface click

    the little grey arrow to the right of that specific Tweet. Now you will be taken to a Tweet post that will display

    @ and their name (ie. @ErinTillotson) Then be sure that you paste in their original message, if you have room

    you can add a statement about it.

    I just want to send a message to one person. This is also a function of the @ reply. Just type in the post box

    @ and their username proceeded by your message. Now remember this is not a private message, your whole

    network will see this message.

    Direct Message Anyone?

    Now here is how you send that private message. To do this type a capitol D followed by a space and then the

    username, then of course your message. This will arrive to that user only.

    Favorite Tweets?

    Here is a nifty tool. You can use this in a few ways. I use this as a Twitter Testimonial Area. What the world

    are you talking about Erin? If I receive a thank you, a good job, a recommendation over Twitter I favorite it.

    Then when some visits my favorites they will see all the wonderful things I have helped with. The other use for

    this feature is to remember Tweets. Favorite it for future reference, because you like the quote or whatever

    reason you want to!

    What other Twitter questions do you have?

    About the Author:

    Erin Tillotson, The Social Media Phoenix, has been creating online presence strategies for

    authors, speakers and heart-centered entrepreneurs since 2007. She has assisted in live

    event social media engagement and list building, book and product launches as well as

    structured systems for entrepreneurs to use every day to increase their online authority. Erin

    loves to create unique campaigns that create truckloads of online buzz about her clients!

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