Getting Started with Twitter

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A guide to some of the basics and terminology in Twitter.


  • 1.Getting Started with(in slightly more than 140 characters) Andy Piper @andypiper

2. Rule #1 3. Twitter Backgroundshort-form communication - 140 chars or less*founded in 2006, big jump at SxSW in 2007Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams, Dick Costellorapid growth due to:multi-channel use (SMS, web, apps)easy API (simple to build apps on top of or around Twitter) 4. cartoons on the back of business cards 5. Early Pressit gained traction with technorati quickly 6. What are you doing? (now - Whats Happening?) 7. Uses?Status broadcastBreaking news e.g. Hudson River crash, earthquakes; citizen journalismLocation awarenessDiscussionFiltering interesting links (crowdsourced information)FeedsMarketingObjects online e.g. houses, traffic info, plants 8. Twitter = Broadcast(regular tweets can be seen by everyone*) 9. Also for private discussions (Direct Messages) 10. Communities form around topics (hashtags, lists etc) 11. Lets Try It! 12. TerminologyUsername / Twitter handleProfileTweet / post / update (...did you see my tweet?)Follow/unfollow (followers/tweeps, following)@reply / mentionDirect Message / DMStream 13. TerminologyRetweet / RT (native, and quoted)FavouriteHashtag (topic or marker)ListTweetupFail Whale... 14. Fail Whale! 15. Useful Tools and AppsTwitter Apps - Twitter, TweetDeck, TweetBot, Plume - the listis nearly endless!TwitPic and photo sharingTwitterCounterBufferDeep iOS integration 16. Usage tipsNB There is NO right way to use Twitter! These are my own thoughts! Have a good profile - tell people why you are interesting Dont try to read everything - dip in and out Dont feel you have to respond to everything Vary usage - mix links, status updates, RT, @replies Follow and reply to interesting people Try responding to strangers who seem interesting Try to use just one tweet to get your point across 17. AdvancedSearch and saved searchesSpam and BlockingMedia sharingTrends / trending topics#FF / Follow FridayOAuth - third-party app authenticationSponsored Tweets / advertising 18. Thanks!Andy Piper@andypiper