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.
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
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.
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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