Love it or hate it, Twitter has achieved quite a loyal following and is often considered to be an important social media platform for bloggers and advertisers looking to work with bloggers.
I have been using Twitter for several months, sharing posts, and gaining followers, but I believe there is much more that I can and potentially should be doing with Twitter. Thus, I am launching a series meant to inspire me to better understand, and respect Twitter in an effort to more thoroughly enjoy my interaction on this social media platform for the sake of my blog and my readers. This is my first post in a series on re-learning Twitter. This first post is just getting back to simple basics.
I will be using “Sams Teach Yourself Twitter in 10 Minutes,” by Tee Morris as my primary resource in this effort. Here are the major tidbits that stood out to me in Chapter 1 as goals to address or include in my effort to Twitter with more enthusiasm!
- Making a first impression on Twitter – Make sure to create an account that appeals to your current and potential followers.
- Just having a Twitter account won’t magically create a loyal following, you must build relationships with your followers through communication and participation.
- You can actually view someone’s Twitter homepage without even having a Twitter account. Simply enter the Twitter URL followed by the Tweeter’s User Name: http://twitter.com/username
- For example mine would be http://twitter.com/preyspecies
- Setting up an account, of course, is necessary to actually post your own tweets or communicate directly with other tweeters.
- Twitter gives you only 140 characters to wow your reader!
- Your user name can be no longer than 15 characters and Mr. Morris suggests that you use a real or company name to help establish an identify on Twitter. (You can change your full name at any time under Settings in your account.)
- Keep your username short and/or simple, when people reply to your tweets directly your user name counts as characters used.
- Make sure to take notice when you are setting up your email notification settings. You can choose to get an email notification for when you gain a new follower or when people send you direct messages, but be aware that there are several other instances where Twitter may send you email including when there is an update, to suggest more people for you to follow etc. – select carefully as twitter can overwhelm your mailbox!
- Twitter is not a chat application – tweets go across a network i.e. this is not a private conversation and even direct tweets will have a delay before you get a response.
- There are only 3 options when you find out someone is following you on twitter; follow them back, don’t follow them back, or block them!
- Twitter is generally low maintenance in comparison to several other social media platforms, but think before you start because there isn’t really a user-friendly method for deleting previous tweets or dropping followers.
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