fact sheet Twitter is the concept of • Before you start, figure out your strategy and goals. What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you trying to reach? micro-blogging. Simply, you have • Make sure that you have filled out your bio, uploaded a picture and shared a URL after creating your account.140 characters to answer the question • Keep in mind that you can change your name, username, email, URL, bio, location,“what are you doing?” Here are some background and picture at any time by clicking on Settings in the top right of the page. tips and suggestions on how to get • You only have 140 characters, so write in headlines and use TinyURL.com to shorten long URLs. the most out of your Twitter account: • Use search.twitter.com to follow new people, monitor your company, as well as see what your target audience is talking about. Also, if you want to see if people have retweeted or asked you a question search @username. • Another way to add followers is to see who your followers are following. • To re-tweet, use RT @username then copy and paste what the original user said. REMEMBER: By following this process, you give proper credit where credit is due. Remember, on Twitter, a RT is a compliment! Tweet often about exciting news, • @reply is when someone asks you a question. Use @username and then anwswer how to pieces, FAQs, products, the question. Since your followers might not know what the original question was, rephrase it and then answer it. events and share articles • Hashtags are # followed by a keyword. They are used to discuss specific topics of interest. and facilitate better searches within search.twitter.com. For example: #marketing. • Add value and have fun! Treat twitter like a dinner party — don’t just constantly talk about yourself. Answer and ask questions, reply to concerns or complaints and RT often! • Remain transparent and do what is appropriate for your audience. • If you think something is questionable, don’t say it. Tweets are permanent. • Consider using other web sites such as TweetDeck, Twitpic and Hootsuite to personalize Twitter and make it easier to use based on your needs. Twitpic allows you to upload and share photos. Hootsuite allows you to tweet to many accounts and TweetDeck is an added tool to monitor mentions, @replys and tweets. • Avoid getting in a “Twitter war” when addressing a complaint. Take the conversation off Twitter and discuss concerns over the phone, e-mail or in person. To implement this step, send the user a direct message (DM) asking for their contact information. To send a DM, go to the user page, in the mid-right part of the page, there is an option to message the person, click this. Or you can be on your home page, click direct messages and Twitter allows you to select any users on your list to DM. CONSTRUCTIVE Constructive Communication, Inc. www.constructivecommunication.com C O M M U N I C AT I O N
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