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Getting Started With Twitter

           A practical guide
           March 24, 2010
    SocialMediaRevolutionary.com
Overview
     Why Twitter?
     Things to do on Twitter
     Sign up for Twitter
     Set up profile
     Common acti...
Why Twitter?
     Instead of Facebook/LinkedIn/MySpace
     Because:
       Fast – Only 140 characters
       Interest...
What Do You Want To Do On Twitter?
     Build personal brand
     Find friends with similar interest
     Show your exp...
Sign Up For Twitter
     Go to Twitter.com and click the Join the conversation! Box
     Select a username
       Use t...
Set up your profile




       Name – Use your real name
       Location – Can help other local people find you
       ...
Common Actions
                             @ Replies   DMs
     Tweet - Individual
      messages
     Messaging Other
...
Organizing Your Activity With Hootsuite




     Post to all major social media networks from one place (Twitter, Faceboo...
Link with other networks
     Facebook




     LinkedIn (or by using
      the #in tag)




9    Others: MySpace
Adding Relevant Followers




 Mr Tweet.com
 Twello.com


10
Now that I’ve got it, what do I do?
      Tweet, often and honestly.
      Follow friends and interesting people
      ...
Monitor How You Are Doing




12
Cool Twitter Tricks
      Link Shorteners – bit.ly, is.gd, tinyurl.com
        Bit.ly lets you see how interesting your ...
Do’s and Don’t
      Do
        Fill out your profile completely
        Be interesting
        Answer questions
     ...
Dos and Don’ts
      Don’t just say what you’re doing “I’m having breakfast” or
       “I’m looking for a job.”
      Do...
Homework
      Follow me at @ccondray, I’ll put you in a Joseph Project
       group and I’ll tell people to follow you

...
Thank you!

            Collin Condray
         Twitter.com/ccondray
     SocialMediaRevolutionary.com
collin@SocialMediaR...
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An introduction to Twitter to the members of the Joseph Project (http://workmatters.org/the_joseph_project/)

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  1. 1. Getting Started With Twitter A practical guide March 24, 2010 SocialMediaRevolutionary.com
  2. 2. Overview  Why Twitter?  Things to do on Twitter  Sign up for Twitter  Set up profile  Common actions  Getting organized  Get followers  Dos and Don’ts 2
  3. 3. Why Twitter?  Instead of Facebook/LinkedIn/MySpace  Because:  Fast – Only 140 characters  Interesting people talk there  Fun!  Sharing interesting information draws followers. More followers mean more reach and more influence.  Connect with people you wouldn’t normally meet  Public – what you talk about is picked up by search engines 3
  4. 4. What Do You Want To Do On Twitter?  Build personal brand  Find friends with similar interest  Show your expertise  Drive traffic to my business  Find new readers for my blog  Share my passion  Communicate what I’m working on with colleagues  Meet my future wife/husband 4
  5. 5. Sign Up For Twitter  Go to Twitter.com and click the Join the conversation! Box  Select a username  Use the shortest version of your name possible (ccondray vs. collincondray) to free up more space in Tweets.  Avoid underscores (reduces retweets)  Find connections in your email http://twitter.com/invitations 5
  6. 6. Set up your profile  Name – Use your real name  Location – Can help other local people find you  Web – For longer posts try using Posterous or Tumblr  Bio – Should be related to your goal  Picture –use a real picture. Gives you a human face that’s easier to relate to. 6  Design – Change from the default one to make you unique
  7. 7. Common Actions @ Replies DMs  Tweet - Individual messages  Messaging Other people  @ Reply - Public  Direct Messages - Private  RT – Retweet  #hashtags  Trending News – #nwastorms  Lists – groups of 7 related users
  8. 8. Organizing Your Activity With Hootsuite  Post to all major social media networks from one place (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Organize using Twitter lists based on location, topic, personal friends, etc.  Set tweets to be posted during the day when more people might see it 8
  9. 9. Link with other networks  Facebook  LinkedIn (or by using the #in tag) 9  Others: MySpace
  10. 10. Adding Relevant Followers  Mr Tweet.com  Twello.com 10
  11. 11. Now that I’ve got it, what do I do?  Tweet, often and honestly.  Follow friends and interesting people  Don’t Tweet just because you want more followers!  Show people cool stuff.  Re-tweet – share other people’s knowledge  Respond to questions in your area of expertise  Block annoying people and spammers and move on  Use hashtags to organize your content 11
  12. 12. Monitor How You Are Doing 12
  13. 13. Cool Twitter Tricks  Link Shorteners – bit.ly, is.gd, tinyurl.com  Bit.ly lets you see how interesting your links are to other users  Post pictures or videos with sharing services (TweetPhoto.com, TwitPic.com,Yfrog.com)  Twitterfall (watch this during your favorite sports event)  Keep up with trends – WhatTheTrend.com 13
  14. 14. Do’s and Don’t  Do  Fill out your profile completely  Be interesting  Answer questions  Follow interesting people  Don’t  Talk just about yourself. Help others. 14
  15. 15. Dos and Don’ts  Don’t just say what you’re doing “I’m having breakfast” or “I’m looking for a job.”  Do show a picture of your breakfast or a link to an interesting article about job hunting.  Other things that can make a Tweet more interesting  Picture (Cute kids are better than actual content)  Link to a website or news story with interesting content  Location sharing (Check out Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl, and the mobile version of Twitter for bonus points) 15
  16. 16. Homework  Follow me at @ccondray, I’ll put you in a Joseph Project group and I’ll tell people to follow you 16
  17. 17. Thank you! Collin Condray Twitter.com/ccondray SocialMediaRevolutionary.com collin@SocialMediaRevolutionary.com
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