What is Twitter? 140 characters, Post to people that subscribe to you. Each tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you -you can share a lot with a little space.
Why use Twitter? Meet new people, Network/grow professionally, Influence the influencers. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve up to the second information. Some people never tweet, they simply use Twitter as a way to get the latest information on their interests.
How do you use Twitter? Start following others, Post some tweets, Get people to follow you. The tweets from people that you follow are aggregated into a stream of updates, kind of like blogs.
Getting started on Twitter Set up an account Enter your profile information so people know who you are Find your friends Select a way to post messages Get posting! Getting started on Twitter is really easy. There are five main steps:
Terminology Need to Know Terms and How They Work
Terminology A ‘tweep’ is a Twitter friend. @mentions People use it to Reply and Mention others, like this: Hello @Twitter! When a username is preceded by the @ sign, it becomes a link to a Twitter profile. D Direct messages are private between only the sender and recipient. Tweets become DMs when they begin with "d username" RT Retweet A tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow. Often used to spread news or share valuable findings on Twitter. Search A box on your Twitter homepage that allows you to search all public tweets for keywords, usernames, hashtags, or subject. Searches can also be performed at search.twitter.com.
More Terminology Lists Curated groups of other Twitter users. Used to tie specific individuals into a group on your Twitter account. Displayed on the right side menu of your homepage. Favorite To favorite a tweet means to mark it as one of your favorites by clicking the yellow star next to the message.
Hashtags The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. Generates a conversation about a particular topic. Some other hashtags I follow:
#FF stands for "Follow Friday." Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays by tweeting with the hashtag #FF.
URL Shortener URL shorteners are used to turn long URLs into shorter URLs. Shortening services can be found online. Google now has it’s own URL shortener. Just type in goog.le into your browser.
Widget A bit of code that can be placed anywhere on the web. Updates regularly with one's Twitter updates in real time. Widgets can be placed on Web sites/blogs/ANGEL- anywhere you can place HTML code.
Accessing Twitter Different Tools for Different Purposes
There are many websites and desktop applications you can use to post to Twitter using instant messaging services or SMS messages. Twitter out of Twitter Most users rarely use the main Twitter website.
Unique Ways to use Twitter in Business New business generation Get to know companies you want to work with and watch for requests for help from people looking for your services. Solve problems Monitor for company problems and solve them. Drive conversions Point people towards industry topics and partners. Stay on top of trends Identify the thought leaders in your industry and listen to what they’re saying.
Use Twitter with a Purpose You need substance to your presence, rather than just style. Spotlights their great customer service. Showcases people and personalities in the company. Does both.