Getting started with twitter may 2010
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an instruction for people who want to start with twitter
- Getting started with Twitter a guide for beginners Huib Koeleman, May2010
- Negative views on twitter
- Twitter contributes to information overload
- Twitter is a techno nerds hobby.
- Twitter cannot be controlled
- Twitter doesnt replace email
- Twitter makes the organisation vulnerable
- Positive views on twitter
- Twitter makes interesting items visible
- Twitter helps to get feed-back after a meeting
- Twitter is faster than any other channel
- Twitter makes it easy to organise meetings
- Twitter is great for polls and surveys
- Twitter unites people who want to share knowledge
- What is your aim with twitter?
- Contact friends and family?
- Know whats going on in the world?
- Share knowledge and keep in touch with colleagues?
- In the case of 1 and 2 you can use a fun name and an avatar
- In the case of 3 you better use your real name, so people can find you. It makes you more trustworthy (and it prevents other people from using your name)
- Dont use dots, spaces or commas . The shorter the name the better
- How to start a twitter account
- Full Name: use your full name. (Search machines can find you now)
- Username: The name that pops up at the twitter screen Tip: keep it short and simple
- Web: your website, or your LinkedIn web address
- Make it easy to be found! Use settings & profile
- Use a recognizable picture with a smile (max 700k). It makes you reliable (cartoons can be fun, but not for business purposes, logos make it impersonal)
- Bio: the more words/tags you write down, the easier you can be found. Use words like project manager, communication, infrastructure, (check the examples on the tweepguide),
- Location: the place where you live or work
- How do I find friends and interesting people to follow?
- Type at Find People the name of a person you know. If the right person appears, follow that person by clicking the follow-button (the +)
- Google can help too; just search for a name, in combination with twitter
- Search the twitter web with # (hashtag) on keywords. Thats a great way to find people with the same interests.
- Look at www.tweepz.com . It searches biographies on key words
- Or follow the original source of a retweeted message
- By clicking the word profile you can see your own tweets
- In the field what s happening you can leave your tweet in 140 characters (and click on tweet)
- And if you want to reply.... Click on reply and write your answer.
- If you want to share a message click on retweet (you can also copy and paste, and add your own comment)
- The twitter language
- Follower: someone who follows you and gets all your messages on screen
- Reply: reply on an older message
- D (or direct message) a reply on an older message thats not public. Only the other respondent can read it. (Direct messages are only possible when you follow a person)
- RT: retweet, to copy that interesting message youve received to your own followers
- #: hashtag. You use it for a key word. When other tweeters click the hashtag, they can see all the messages using that same key word.
- Listed: you can list the people you follow (work, friends, et cetera). NB you can choose to follow lists of other tweeters , and they can follow your lists.
- Hashtag #
- A label you use to tag a topic, some examples #ashtag: everything about the ashcloud #internalcomms: internal communication
- If you want to follow a discussion on hastags? Use www.twubs.com
- Dont invent your own hashtag. Check twubs.com first. It prevents twitter space from having different hastags for the same item
- Twitterfall helps you to get recent information on a hashtag, it will show every new tweet that is posted
- If the topic doesnt have a hashtag, try search.twitter.com, Twazzup or Tweetgrid to find tweets on a certain topic
- When you click @name (mentions) you can see all messages that mention your twitter name (repl ie s on one of your tweets, but also other discussions)
- You can also find one-on-one messages clicking direct messages.
- What kind of messages should you tweet?
- What are you doing?, What are you working on?, What strikes you?
- Links to interesting documents, blogs or sites (also your own blog or site)
- Opinions on (work related) topics, dont forget to use the #hashtag, if you do, so other people can find your opinion when they dont follow you yet
- Ask your followers questions (or ask the whole world question s , using #daretoask)
- Twitter is a friendly environment
- Your followers dont like negativism. If they dont like what you write they will unfollow. And if you dont like what you read, you can do the same
- When you retweet, or quote somebody, let him or her know by using @with the name of the person
- Paper.li helps you to have an overview of your tweets
- Some suggestions
- Your tweets are visible for everybody in the whole world, EVERYBODY. Even when you retweet to a message. Thats a big difference to email.
- The group of people you choose to follow, doesnt have to be exactly the same group of people that follows you.
- Check mentions on a regular base, otherwise you dont see the messages from people who are not on your list of people you follow
- Following famous people can be fun, but dont expect them to react on your messages. Real communication takes place between you and your friends/colleagues
- Some suggestions (2)
- Links to articles, blogs and sites are great for sharing knowledge
- Attach pictures or videos. They draw a lot of attention
- You only have 140 characters. Use TinyURL to make links tiny
- Dont expect to have 100 followers in two weeks time. It takes more time for the right people to find you.
- Using twitter costs time and energy. If you dont want to spend that time, dont start twitter.
- Some suggestions (3)
- 5 to 5 rule. To be of any interest to others you should post at least 5 messages a week. To prevent overload, you shouldnt tweet more than five messages a day
- Reply on tweets of others
- And if it s a private matter: use direct message
- And you dont have to read everything.
- Monitor if other tweeters use your name (@name), or use Search.twitter.com, CoTweet.com or Hootsuite.com to discover how they talk about you or your company
- Or use Twanalyst, Twitalyzer or Twittergrader to find out what kind of tweeter you are.
- And if you are an organisation
- Find out if your target group uses twitter.
- Start monitoring, organise a web care team
- Whats your PR- or marketing-strategy? What role can twitter play in that strategy?
- Start one or more accounts to tweet
- Use your website and blogs to mention your twitter address and the other way around
- An astonishing amount of time is being wasted on investigating the amount of time being wasted on social networks.
- Blogs and articles on my website (some in English, some in Dutch) www.twitterenopjewerk.nl
- My followers and all the people who joined me in discussions
- Follow me at twitter.com/huibkoeleman
- Aan de slag met twitter, Paulus Veltman
- Strategisch Twitter & Yammer, Savitri Changoe, Furoz Ramanand, Christel van Capelleveen, Christel van Capelleveen
- Zakelijk Twitteren, Saskia de Laat