Twitter Basics


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Learn how to use Twitter quickly and easily.

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Twitter Basics

  1. 1. Twitter basics Or: How I stopped worrying and learned to love to tweet
  2. 2. What you’ll learn: <ul><li>How to sign up for a twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>How to post a message, reply and send a direct message </li></ul><ul><li>How to use Twitter from your cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>How to find people to follow </li></ul><ul><li>Best practices on using Twitter </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting started <ul><li>Pick a username (Make sure people can tell who you are). </li></ul><ul><li>One twitter account per e-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>Make your password strong </li></ul>
  4. 4. Setting up your profile <ul><li>Do this before you start following people, so they know who you are </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out your bio and location. You can be funny, but be clear, too </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a picture that represents you (a picture of your face is best) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Updating <ul><li>What are you doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Found an interesting link to share? </li></ul><ul><li>Have a question to ask your followers? </li></ul><ul><li>Watching breaking news happen? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Replying <ul><li>You reply on twitter by putting @ before someone’s username. </li></ul><ul><li>When someone asks a question and you want to respond publicly </li></ul><ul><li>When you have a question about what someone said </li></ul>
  7. 7. Direct messages <ul><li>Only seen by you and the recipient/sender </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps things private </li></ul><ul><li>A way to keep conversations from crowding other people’s twitter stream </li></ul><ul><li>You must be following each other to hold a conversation that way </li></ul><ul><li>(An etiquette note: it might seem polite to thank people for following via DM, but it can come across as SPAM) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Using your cell phone <ul><li>Lets you send and receive updates anywhere you have cell service </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate posting for breaking news </li></ul><ul><li>You can choose to only send and not receive messages or turn off messages at certain times </li></ul><ul><li>Regular SMS rates apply </li></ul><ul><li>The short code for Twitter is 40404 </li></ul><ul><li>Different from smartphone applications for Twitter. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Finding people to follow <ul><li>Figure out what you’re interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Use Twitter’s search and friend-finder tools </li></ul><ul><li>Look at who other people in the newsroom are following </li></ul><ul><li>Visit to find local people </li></ul><ul><li>Put your username up on your blog so people know where to find you. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some best practices <ul><li>Give people a reason to read your updates. Just sending out links to your stories and posts isn’t enough. </li></ul><ul><li>Use it consistently. If you don’t, people will have no reason to follow you. If you don’t build a following, you’re wasting your time. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember it’s a two-way conversation. Engage, engage, engage to get the most out of it. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some advice <ul><li>I asked: Working on some twitter training. What are things journalists using twitter should know/do? about 1 hour ago Working on some twitter training. What are things journalists using twitter should know/do? </li></ul><ul><li>Here are the best answers: </li></ul><ul><li>Jowhaley I always tell clients that you aren't just connecting with a person, but groups, organizations, and businesses. Masses of People! </li></ul><ul><li>mollyr I think journos using it for work should be casual, conversational but still professional -- avoid using &quot;wtf,&quot; for instance. </li></ul>