Getting Started With Twitter
Setting It All Up
April 21, 2010
Sign up for Twitter
Set up profile
Link to other social networks
Add relevant followers
Find out more about followers
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
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.
Design – Change from the default one to make you unique
Organizing Your Activity With Hootsuite
Post to all major social media networks from one place (Twitter, Facebook,
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
Link with other networks
LinkedIn (or by using
the #in tag)
6 Others: MySpace
Remember everything but DMs are public
Make sure you don’t put out any personal information
(email, home address, etc.)
You tweet, you don’t twit
Give Credit: RT, via, ht.
Don’t just blast out to your followers, interact with them
Know the difference between Reply and DM
Do not retweet yourself
When retweeting someone else’s retweet, it’s sometimes
okay to drop the secondary source and just retweet the
original poster of the information.
Hot chick picture
Incomplete or non
Unrelated posts descriptive profile
Generic news stories information