Twitter For Beginners


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Twitter For Beginners

  1. 1. Twitter for Beginners A Crash Course in Twitter
  2. 2. Getting Started <ul><li>Open a Twitter Account at </li></ul>
  3. 3. Also Download Tweetdeck <ul><li>Tweetdeck is a free application that allows you to create &quot;groups&quot; for your Twitter Network. Unlike Twitter, it's search function works. It will allow you to create TinyURL's right from the app screen plus much much more. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Installing Tweetdeck <ul><li>To install Tweetdeck, scroll down </li></ul><ul><li>You will also need to install Adobe Air </li></ul>
  5. 5. Time to Twitter <ul><li>First you'll want to set up your profile. </li></ul><ul><li>To do that, you'll go to &quot;settings&quot; (not profile) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Account <ul><li>Use your real name </li></ul><ul><li>Create a user name symbolic of you or your business (Unlike LinkedIn, you CAN have more than one profile) </li></ul><ul><li>Use a valid email address (you can always create one in gmail or hotmail just for twitter if you are worried about spam) </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a website, make sure you put your URL in here. (It should help your Google ranking.) </li></ul><ul><li>Great time to define yourself in 160 characters or less for your BIO </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest about your location. </li></ul><ul><li>Use English if you know enough of it. </li></ul><ul><li>I suggest NOT protecting your updates. If you do it will be hard to grow your network. Many people won't bother taking the extra step to follow you. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a good option if you want a private communication tool (family, work etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Don't forget to hit SAVE </li></ul>
  7. 7. @Ellieeeille Rocks <ul><li>Ellie gives us some great links for custom backgrounds : </li></ul>
  8. 8. Passwords <ul><li>Choose a unique password. There are a lot of secondary apps (like Tweetdeck) that will ask for your username and password. Don't use the one you use for everything else. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Devices <ul><li>This feature proves your obsession. </li></ul><ul><li>You can have all messages go to your cell, no messages go to your cell, or just DM (direct message) go to your cell. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also specify WHEN you want to get messages. I suggest DM's during business hours . (You are already addicted enough to your cell phone.) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Notices <ul><li>More addictions. </li></ul><ul><li>These are all options to have Twitter send you emails. </li></ul><ul><li>Do show ALL @ replies so you can see your fans out there! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Notices <ul><li>These are all examples of Twitter notices. Some people following me, some people DMing me, some people @replying to me. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Pictures <ul><li>Unlike LinkedIn, I think you should have fun with your picture on Twitter. </li></ul><ul><li>Many folks use avatars. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are representing your business use a logo. </li></ul><ul><li>During holidays throw something festive up </li></ul>
  13. 13. Design <ul><li>Design is where you can add your fancy background by creating a .jpeg and uploading.. </li></ul><ul><li>You can pay people to do this for you </li></ul><ul><li>Or you can choose any of the designs to the right. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Now you are ready to dive in! <ul><li>Start following people </li></ul><ul><li>Start Tweeting (be relevant and give of yourself – or ask questions) </li></ul><ul><li>Build you Network </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tweet Network Specialized &quot;design&quot; page
  16. 16. Following <ul><li>Because Twitter's search engine doesn't work very well, I would suggest following these people. And then follow who they follow. @MariSmith, @GuyKawasaki, @JoelComm, @LinkedInExpert, @FreeRangeMom, @DaVinciDeb, @ThomasFrey, @MikeONeilDenver, @DMScott, @KevinHouchin, @DuctTape, @Hubspot, @MVolpe </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>To do that, write a Tweet with their user names using the @ sign in front of their names. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Then double click on the user, and Twitter will take you to their profile. The just hit &quot;follow&quot;. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Unfollow <ul><li>You can always block or unfollow Tweople who do not live up to your expectation  </li></ul>
  20. 20. @ Replies <ul><li>@Replies or @Name is a way of grabbing someone's attention on Twitter. Because you can get thousands of tweets a day, without a DM or @ reply, you would NEVER know if someone was speaking about or to you. Any time there is a &quot;@&quot; sign before your name, Twitter will let you know. This is PUBLIC , so keep that in mind. If you want to start a conversation without your whole network being dragged into it, use DM (direct Mail) </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Power of @Replies <ul><li>In the time I have been creating this .PPT, I asked for some advice on Twitter. Using @ reply, here are some answers I received: </li></ul>
  22. 22. DM – Direct Mail <ul><li>Direct Mail allows you to privately converse with another user without giving away your email address. DM's remain private to you and the person you are conversing with. </li></ul>
  23. 23. What a DM looks like
  24. 24. Favorites <ul><li>Favorites is a neat little tool that allows you to &quot;star&quot; your favorite tweets that Twitter will keep in one place for you. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Everyone <ul><li>&quot;Everyone&quot; lets you see – well - everyone on the Twitter Network. Not just those following you or those you are following. This is also a good place to start following people. Then NEVER, I repeat never go back again!!!! </li></ul>I have NO idea who these people are….
  26. 26. The End <ul><li>So now you have enough to get you started on Twitter. If you have any questions, please feel free to DM or @me with a question at @linkedinexpert </li></ul>