If you’ve signed up for Twitter and are thinking “now what?”, this article is for you. There are still plenty of people that have never used Twitter, and for many that do… Twitter still feels alien to them.
So, here are 10 simple steps to get you tweeting, trending and twittering to you hearts content
- Sign up: Go to www.twitter.com and follow the simple steps! After creating an account, Twitter will show you some tips about tweeting, including some suggestions, which you can follow. Of course you can find your friends, colleagues and other people by name.
- Write Your Bio: Please add proper information about you. If you have website or blog – you can put proper address into your URL field. And don’t forget to fill your location, especially if you plan to tweet to followers from another time zone. If you want, you can update your background image. It’s not very important, but it can be helpful to distinguish yourself from the crowd.
- Add Your Avatar: Use your real photo as an icon of your profile – it really helps to build your credibility.
- Follow and Get followed: Start following people on twitter. When you first sign up Twitter will recommend people for you to follow. Start with these, if you don’t like what they tweet, you can always unfollow them later!
- Start Tweeting: Probably the easiest step to explain, but the hardest one for people to actually do. “What am I going to tweet about?” “Who will want to listen to me?” How about this as a sample: Hello world! This is my first ever tweet! Can anyone out there hear me? #FirstTweet
- Begin to build relationships: Twitter is a Conversation. When in doubt, imagine Twitter as a very large networking style gathering. You’re communicating with a diverse group of people, some intentionally, some not so much. When you’re telling a story at a party, for instance, you never know who might overhear. If you’re professional, personable and funny this can be a good thing. It can go the other way, too. Be careful!
- Retweet: Retweet (RT) means copying/sending that tweet to all of your followers. It is the same idea as forwarding a text to your contacts in your phone!If you spot a tweet that you like, or someone needs you to pass on a message you believe is worth spreading, retweet them! The button is found just under a tweet, see below.
- Hashtag: (#Hashtag) If you see this symbol (#) before a word or phrase, it is essentially a keyword tag for the tweet so that others can find it more easily. On Twitter, this is called a hashtag, to help people search for your tweet (like #SMECommunity or #IreBiz). Not every tweet needs hashtags. Basically, it’s a way to follow the stream of everyone talking about a specific subject. Be careful not to use too many hashtags in your tweets, at most use three.
- OMG U R Uzin TXT: Just because you have only 140 characters, doesn’t mean you have to lose your grammar/spelling etiquette!
- Ask for help! If you are completely lost, finding it difficult to get the hang of twitter or just not sure about something… Just tweet asking for help! If people can help, they will! Remember there is the Twitter Help Centre – have a look! Also, Twitter have a glossary of terms too – right here: Twitter Glossary