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Twitter :  A Beginners Guide <ul><li>What is Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>Finding others to Follow </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter...
What is Twitter? <ul><li>Twitter is a microblogging social networking platform. It allows you to post updates which show u...
Why would someone follow you? <ul><li>Individuals use Twitter to: </li></ul><ul><li>Share events and updates with friends ...
Followers <ul><li>Find followers by searching Twitter, other networks, through email or through the suggested user functio...
Following Etiquette <ul><li>Following too many, too fast will suspend your account </li></ul><ul><li>Follow those who foll...
Check profiles before following others <ul><li>High follower to following ratio  should raise red flags. </li></ul><ul><li...
Twitter Lingo: The Tweet <ul><li>140 Character limit (shoot for 125) </li></ul><ul><li>Sent to the whole Twitterverse (unl...
Twitter Lingo:  @replies <ul><li>Mention other users with the @ symbol  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This lets that user know you...
Twitter Lingo:  Retweets <ul><li>Similar to a Forward in email </li></ul><ul><li>Add a comment after post with “/ comment”...
Twitter Lingo:  Hashtag <ul><li>Hashtags create internal links within Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtags are made up by us...
Getting a Response <ul><li>Think of it as a cocktail party – people don’t talk to braggarts, salesmen or wallflowers </li>...
Sharing Information <ul><li>People follow you for the information you have to share </li></ul><ul><li>Shorten links to fit...
Watch and Listen <ul><li>Participate in pertinent conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to what others are saying about y...
Searching Twitter <ul><li>Internal searches available on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Search.twitter.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tw...
You now know the basics on how to use Twitter.  Now, get in there, use it and have fun!
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Twitter can be overwhelming for new users. Heligonix has developed a simple beginners\' guide to Twitter.

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