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Twitter For Beginners

Twitter For Beginners



Twitter can be overwhelming for new users. Heligonix has developed a simple beginners\' guide to Twitter.

Twitter can be overwhelming for new users. Heligonix has developed a simple beginners\' guide to Twitter.



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    Twitter For Beginners Twitter For Beginners Presentation Transcript

    • Twitter : A Beginners Guide
      • What is Twitter?
      • Finding others to Follow
      • Twitter Lingo
      • Getting a Response
      • Sharing information
      • Watch & Listen
      • Searching Twitter
    • What is Twitter?
      • Twitter is a microblogging social networking platform. It allows you to post updates which show up in follower streams.
    • Why would someone follow you?
      • Individuals use Twitter to:
      • Share events and updates with friends
      • tell a company (or anyone else) that you've had a great—or disappointing—experience with their business
      • offer product ideas
      • learn about great offers.
    • Followers
      • Find followers by searching Twitter, other networks, through email or through the suggested user function.
      • Unlike FB, you may not know your followers.
    • Following Etiquette
      • Following too many, too fast will suspend your account
      • Follow those who follow you when appropriate (be aware of spammers)
    • Check profiles before following others
      • High follower to following ratio should raise red flags.
      • Check the activity level of the person you follow – don’t follow abandoned profiles.
    • Twitter Lingo: The Tweet
      • 140 Character limit (shoot for 125)
      • Sent to the whole Twitterverse (unless specified private)
      • Similar to status update on FB, a group-wide text or public instant messaging
      • Possible content includes links, images, articles and updates
    • Twitter Lingo: @replies
      • Mention other users with the @ symbol
        • This lets that user know you mentioned them
        • This also alerts your followers of the mention
      • Reply to tweets by hovering over the tweet and clicking reply
      • To private message, the other person must follow you as well (Direct Message or DM)
    • Twitter Lingo: Retweets
      • Similar to a Forward in email
      • Add a comment after post with “/ comment” if there is room
    • Twitter Lingo: Hashtag
      • Hashtags create internal links within Twitter
      • Hashtags are made up by users
      • Springfield, Missouri’s hashtag is #sgf
      • Keywords make good hashtags
    • Getting a Response
      • Think of it as a cocktail party – people don’t talk to braggarts, salesmen or wallflowers
      • People do like to talk about themselves.
      • Ask questions, join in the conversation.
    • Sharing Information
      • People follow you for the information you have to share
      • Shorten links to fit in the limited space with link shorteners like bit.ly
      • Share your blog, links photos and videos, landing page URLs, contest information
      • Respond to others’ posts for a reciprocal effect
    • Watch and Listen
      • Participate in pertinent conversations
      • Listen to what others are saying about your industry, brand and product
      • Sign up for Key word Twitter Alerts
        • SocialOomph.com
        • Tweetbeep.com
      • Google Alerts
    • Searching Twitter
      • Internal searches available on Twitter
      • Search.twitter.com
      • Tweepsearch
    • You now know the basics on how to use Twitter. Now, get in there, use it and have fun!