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How to get started on Twitter January 27, 2010

Posted by Paul Rees in twitter.
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I often am asked “what is Twitter?” or “how do/could I use Twitter?” While I don’t consider myself any kind of expert this is what I have found useful.

  1. Go here https://twitter.com/signup and register for Twitter. Make sure you do write a short bio (I think mentioning your interests is best) and upload a picture of yourself. People are more likely to respond if there is a photo and a little information about you.
  2. Don’t forget to checkout the Twitter help pages http://twitter.com/help/start. This is boring I know, but here you will at least learn about various Twitter terms, such as “retweet”.
  3. Download and install Tweetdeck on your computer http://tweetdeck.com/beta/ This software makes twitter easy and fun to use. This works on PC or Mac. You can also use Twitter from http://twitter.com, but the features are very basic.
  4. To get started use Twitter Search http://search.twitter.com/ and search tor keywords related to things you are interested in. If you find someone talking about what you are interested in “follow” them. Following is like friending in Facebook. People then often follow you back. This means they are likely to read what you post to Twitter in future.
  5. As you follow people their postings or “tweets” will show up in Tweetdeck. Respond to what people say if you have something to say; this is how you will start to connect with people.
  6. You can also search for your friends from other networks here http://twitter.com/invitations/find_on_other_networks
  7. I have collected a lot of bookmarks about Twitter. See here  http://delicious.com/madam3181/twitter to learn more about what Twitter is and how to use it to your advantage.

Remember establishing a presence on Twitter takes some time and a little effort. As a guide, I think if you use it almost daily and read and respond to tweets regularly you will build up a useful band of followers in about 2 months.

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