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Introduction to Twitter including benefits, navigation, terminology and tips for newcomers.

Introduction to Twitter including benefits, navigation, terminology and tips for newcomers.

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  • 1. Twitter Guide 101 by Chana German January 5, 2010
  • 2. What is Twitter?
    • In techno-speak: social media & micro-blogging service
    • In layman’s terms: Service that allows you to share thoughts, opinions, information & media with 10, 100, 1000, or 10,000+ people
    • Users post quick, short, frequent posts called tweets
  • 3. Professional Benefits of Twitter
    • It’s Public: Find & know what the experts are saying
    • It’s Democratic: Who is an expert?
    • It’s Current: Keep up with trends in your field
    • It’s Brief: With a 140 character limit, there’s no rambling
    • It’s a Network: Six degrees of separation
    • It’s a Community: Users share ideas & resources, Q & A, offer support
  • 4. Navigating Twitterverse
  • 5. Twerminology I
    • follower – users following you
    • following – users you are following
    • hashtag – keyword assigned to a tweet or topic, designated by #
    • DM – Direct message – private message sent to a user
  • 6. Twerminology II
    • RT – ReTweet – a forward of another user’s tweet
    • @username – a name of a user
    • lists – a list of users who tweet about a similar topic (e.g. tech thinkers)
    • mentions – including a @username in a tweet
  • 7. Twitter Heaven
    • 250+ Twitter apps, tools or add-ons including:
    • Directories and User Search Tools
    • Tools to follow/track certain trends and topics
    • Demographic tools
    • Integration tools so site/blog/social networks is connected to Twitter
    • Group tools (e.g. limit tweets to group/conference)
    • Polling tools
    • Stat tools
  • 8. Twitter Tips
    • Answer tweets
    • Join projects & discussions
    • RT posts
    • Block spammers
    • Don’t follow everyone who follows you – check to see interests and activity
    • Create and update lists – make sure they are specific
  • 9. Twitter Tips
    • Netiquette: Thank users who follow you; welcome newcomers
    • Watch out for spam in DMs
    • Describe the links you tweet
    • Follow relevant hashtags
    • Review who you follow regularly – remove users who aren’t of interest, who don’t tweet, etc.