15 things you should do on Twitter


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15 things you should do on Twitter

  1. 1. 15 things you should do onTwitter (but probably don’t) Chris Snider | Drake University | @chrissnider
  2. 2. Use lists •Create lists to organize people you follow •Add people to lists without following •View/subscribe to others’ lists •See where people are listed to find similar people
  3. 3. On anyone’sTwitter profile page, you can see what lists they have created and subscribed to - as well as lists they area a member of.
  4. 4. There’s no need to create your own list when you can subscribe to someone else’s list.
  5. 5. Then bring those lists right into Hootsuite orTweetdeck.
  6. 6. Use EmbeddedTweets •Easily add any publicTweets to a website. Click “More,” then “EmbedTweet” and then copy the code. In Wordpress, just click the timestamp and copy/paste the URL into your post.
  7. 7. Use .@ at the start of aTweet •When you start a Tweet with @, Twitter thinks that’s a (somewhat) private conversation and doesn’t show that Tweet to all of your followers. More info: http://momthisishowtwitterworks.com/ See by all of Oliver’s followers See only by people who follow both Chris and Oliver See by all of Oliver’s followers
  8. 8. JoinTwitter chats • Twitter chats are a great way to connect with people who have similar interests/jobs and to share your expertise. • Or just sit back and learn.
  9. 9. Big list ofTwitter chats: http://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/
  10. 10. Use all four tabs •The Connect and Discover tabs will help you get more value out ofTwitter.
  11. 11. Connect tab • Connect is the place to see who has followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of yourTweets. • It helps you keep the conversation going.
  12. 12. Discover tab • Under Discover, you’ll see results reflecting your interests—based on your current location, what you follow and what’s happening in the world. • As you useTwitter more, Discover gets even better at serving up more content just for you.
  13. 13. Check your analytics •Go to ads.twitter.com and click on “analytics” to see: •Mentions, follows and unfollows broken down into 6-hour increments •RecentTweets including number of clicks, favorites, retweets and replies
  14. 14. Analytics (cont’d) •Info about your followers, including growth over time, locations, interests and gender.
  15. 15. Analytics (cont’d) •Info about other people linking to your website viaTwitter.
  16. 16. Download yourTweets •Go to Settings > Account to download your entireTwitter archive, organized by month.
  17. 17. Use Keyboard shortcuts •Use these shortcuts to do everything faster atTwitter.com.
  18. 18. Get E-mail notifications •Go to Settings > Email notifications to decide whenTwitter can email you info, including: •Tweets you favorite •Tweets that mention you •Retweets of yourTweets •Replies to yourTweets •New followers, direct messages and more
  19. 19. Create Widgets •Go to Settings > Widgets to create custom widgets for your website. •Widgets can pull from your timeline, favorite tweets, a list ora search.
  20. 20. Create Buttons •Go to http://twitter.com/about to create buttons for your website. •Buttons help people share a specific link, follow an account or mention a hashtag or user.
  21. 21. Use a capital “T” •It’sTwitter andTweet. •With a capitalT. •Find out more branding requirements for Twitter at http://twitter.com/logo.
  22. 22. UseTwitter apps •Twitter is built on open source software, and many people build third-party apps for Twitter (including Hootsuite, BufferApp, etc.) •Search for and use apps to get more use out ofTwitter. •Learn more at http://dev.twitter.com.
  23. 23. But check your apps •Go to Settings > Apps to see which apps you’ve let access yourTwitter account. •Revoke access to anything suspicious.
  24. 24. Protect your account •Ever gotten a spammy direct message on Twitter? Of course you have. •Twitter offers two way to protect your account under Settings > Security and privacy...
  25. 25. Follow the money •Know howTwitter makes money. •PromotedTweets •Promoted Accounts •PromotedTrends More on this: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/12/twitter_ipo_social_network_files_for_initial_public_offering_of_stock.html http://www.businessinsider.com/how-twitter-makes-money-2013-9 http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/23/twitter-amplify-partnership-cbs/
  26. 26. Follow Chris Snider http://twitter.com/chrissnider