Twitter for Newbies

With Oprah jumping on the Twitter bandwagon, the social status update service has gone mainstream. Here are a few general tips for those new to Twitter.

  • Use as short and easy to remember username as possible.
  • Add original picture and background to your profile.
  • Retweet tweet messages if you find them meaningful, insightful, or to show appreciation.
  • Always give proper credit for retweet and leave message intact as much as possible.
  • If you can’t tweet anything nice, retweet somebody else.
  • It is best to retweet the source, not a retweet of a retweet of a retweet etc.
  • Don’t tweet anything your wouldn’t say in person.
  • Use hashtags to add context, additional information to your status update.
  • On Friday list fellow twitterers that reply to you using the hashtag #followfriday.
  • Follow as many of those that follow you, but beware of SEO, marketers, bots, and spammers.
  • Celebrities won’t follow you, but follow and engage those that celebrities actually follow.
  • Follow those near you and attend tweetups.
  • Use Twitter clients such as TweetDeck, Twitteriffic, or Twhirl.
  • 140 characters force you to keep it short, be sure to keep it succinct.
  • Reply, retweet, and converse with your friends and followers.
  • Be humble, no matter how many follower you have, don’t call them your followers.
  • Mark tweets that you enjoy as your favorite.
  • If nothing else, just add value.

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