I just wanted to help out some of the folks who are new to Twitter from some of the major TV coverage. So I started tweeting out a few tips to new folks and thought I’d put them here. While the Oprha show was live. This post is a bit rough, I have taken the twelve 140 characte rmessages or ‘tweets’ that I sent out and added them here, then edited them to add a bit more info. I’ll come back and edit it later, but wanted to get it up to help folks learn a few of the ins and outs of “How Does Twitter Work.”
#NewToTwitter? 1: Welcome, fill in bio, add website link if you have one, add a photo, & hometown.
2: to follow someone, hover over @name, click link, read bio & recent tweets. If they seem cool, hit follow
3: Remember to check your @username tab to the right 2 see messages/tweets folks R sending 2 you
4: Under your username & photo click followers to see who followed you & decide to follow back or not.
5a how to Retweet – if you like what someone says, and want 2 show yr followers that message – 3 steps… It’s also a nice way to find new people to follow.
5b how to Retweet – copy the tweet (not username), then hit grey arrow 2 reply, add ‘RT’ b4 @username
5c how 2 Retweet. put one space after @username & paste original tweet. If it is to long, U can edit, but only 4 space
RT @CathyWebSavvyPR #NewToTwitter ? 1: Welcome, fill in bio, add website link if you have one, add a photo, & hometown
5e if you think a link or point you are making is worh rtweeting, try stopping at with 20 characters leftÂ – that leave room for the other persons username & the symbol RT.
6 If see a tweet or cool link, hover over it & hit star – that puts it in your Favorites tab for later
7a advanced: go to bottom of page, click search. Put in phrase #NewToTwitter & see all tweets using that # or tag
8 don’t forget to hit your browser refresh button, it will bring new tweets 2 yr screen, but be sure to follow/favorite 1st
9 Direct messages – if two people follow each other, you can send a message that only they see. click direct messages tab to the right, select a name from drop down box
10 some help? in order for Oprah to “see your message” you need to use the @ sign b4 her name try @Oprah
11 What to tweet about: answering “what am I doing now” is a part of Twitter, but only a part. Tweet about your interests; what you are reading online (include a link);, what fascinates you. Tweet something to help folks that have similar interests find you.
12 Check out my earlier Blog post on why Twitter is useful “How to Use Twitter – One POV. Each of us uses it differently, there is no one way, but here is my Point of View. http://websavvypr.com/how-do-you-tweet-how-to-use-twitter-one-pov/pr/admin/2009/01/
Tip # 15 – remember to have fun, explore, follow folks just because, tweet things you and others might find funny, useful, or interesting. Also if someone’s tweets get to busy, follow a few more people, and their tweets will get spread out by those of others.
Here are a couple of other articles on getting started from other folks:
to find me on twitter: http://twitter.com/CathyWebSavvyPR