13 Twitter Tips and Tutorials for Beginners

Just starting out on Twitter? Looking for some Twitter Tips to get you started?


Twitter is bound to have a load of new users today as it is being featured on Oprah – so I thought it might be a good day to share some tips for the beginner Twitter user who is just getting going with the medium.

  1. What’s in it for Your Followers? – How to be Useful on Twitter

  2. 10 Easy Steps for Twitter Beginners – good sound advice and tips on getting going on Twitter
  3. 8 Sure-Fire Ways to Tick off the Twitterverse – a few things to avoid on Twitter
  4. 5 Ways I Benefit from Twitter – this outlines why I love Twitter in my business of building blogs
  5. Defining Your Twitter Goals – this one is more for those who want to use Twitter for other purposes than just letting their family know when they’ll be home.
  6. How to Set up a Twitter Account – most of your are probably past this one but it could be useful if you’re a ‘Pre-Twitter’ user.
  7. 5 Steps to Model Successful Twitter Users – an exploration of a few ways that Twitter is being used
  8. Think Like a Toddler and Find Your Voice on Twitter – using the analogy of growing up as a kid to growing as a Twitter User
  9. Twitter in Plain English – cool video on the basics of Twitter
  10. What Twitter Application is Right for You? – looking at some of the tools people use on Twitter
  11. 10 Traits of Highly Effective Twitter Users – some good advice for growing your profile on Twitter

  12. How to Get More Followers on Twitter – a question many ask. If you’re not a celebrity to start with – you might want to read this.
  13. 6 Ways to Maximize the Use of Your 140 Characters – basic ‘Tweet Writing Tips.

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  • April 18, 2009

    Great collection of tips.

    Especially the tips on how to be usefull on Twitter is important.

    Really need to check all of them out. Thanks

  • April 18, 2009

    Great list! I wrote one yesterday too. :)

  • April 18, 2009

    Great collection. Forwarded them to several friends just starting.

  • April 18, 2009

    Great for beginners! Will tweet this. Generally, I think TwiTip is a very good place to find interesting stuff about twitter!

  • April 18, 2009

    This is an ambiguous post, even though it is very helpful. The 13 “steps” are not steps at all, they are just links to some good advice. Steps would be more like the following (gleaned from your 13 steps above):
    Step #1 – Provide useful tweets for your followers [link]
    Step #2 – Brush up on twitter etiquette [link]
    Step #3 – Develop your own purpose for twittering [link]
    Step #4 – Find good twitter models and follow them [link]

    As it stands, your “steps” are in random order and they merely provide links to other posts that explore these topics more fully. I’m sorry to critique you but I expect better from you.

    Having said that, I am enjoying your 31dbb and have been following you for a long time. You’ve been very helpful to me in the past, but this post could’ve used some more work.

  • April 18, 2009

    How am I supposed to have a life with all this good stuff to read?!

  • April 18, 2009

    Great list of links. Nice morning read.

  • April 18, 2009

    Hola hey good pots sometimes its good to have in mind the new user, and dont forget the old ones. Thank you for the posts.

  • April 18, 2009

    Great info!! I picked up Linkedin very quickly but am struggling with Twitter. These tips will definetly help. Thanks

  • April 18, 2009

    Really found this quick list helpful and wanted to share with my blog readers. When I use the Share This tool it doesn’t seem to be connecting. Is there a quicker way to do this?


  • April 18, 2009

    Just getting started with Twitter to help promote my blog, so this is perfect timing. Thanks!

  • April 18, 2009

    The day I require a tutorial to serve up 140 characters of useless information is the day I stop using the web in general. Twitter is pointless masturbation, and most of you delusional self-important pricks know this to be true. But seriously…tips for twitter? FFS the net is a goner.

  • April 18, 2009

    Nicely collected. This is helpful both to the beginner and the regular user.

  • April 18, 2009

    Great tips! I’d also recommend some Tips on finding a good Twitter client. I personally like TweetDeck the best (Linux, Mac & Windows) and Twitterific for iPhone.

  • April 18, 2009

    We are just launching a twitter search site that captures questions and requests for information that are being tweeted. It has been surprising to see the number of twitterers that are asking basic twitter questions. Your list of sites will be one that we can use to help these novice twitterers.

  • April 18, 2009

    Thanks, Nice collection of tips

  • April 18, 2009

    Excellent post Darren! Appreciate this list and it will be a very helpful resource.

    Marco :)

  • April 19, 2009

    Hi Darren:

    Thanks a lot for the list. Just added to my list of Twitter tips for small businesses, see:

  • April 19, 2009

    I’m still learning the ropes with Twitter – it’s a fabulous tool. Thanks so much for this great info!

  • April 19, 2009

    I know it’s been covered countless times by bloggers but I wrote a step-by-step guide to Twitter which seems to have been very well received: a newbie’s guide to using Twitter

  • April 19, 2009

    This comes just at a right time. I was about to write an article introducing Twitter for a site, and some of these resources could be useful if the readers wish to know more. For those who’s in need to enhance their twitter network, a little glimpse at the search tools via this clickable chart might be helpful. All the best. ^^

  • April 20, 2009

    This is certainly a good piece of work :) I am working on most comprehensive twitter tips till date, which will be soon available for free.Thanks.

  • April 20, 2009

    Great list. Thanks Darren. It might take some time to browse through all those links.. but it seems its worth!!

  • April 20, 2009

    Just when I think I know everything about Twitter, I discover something new. Looks like twitter is becoming the next google.

    facebook – http://tinyurl.com/cw32zz

  • April 21, 2009

    Great post (as usual)! Thanks, Darren.

  • April 21, 2009

    Hi Darren. You have some very good tips there. But I would like to add that people should also read Twitter Power by Joel Comm. It truly IS an amazing book that brings tremendous value to understanding what Twitter is all about.
    Your overview is a good foretaste of Joel’s book, but I do think people should deepen their understanding of the Twitterverse by focusing on what’s in it for themselves by learning from all the amazing good examples brought forth in Twitter Power.
    Thanks for a good blog. I’ve added it to my RSS-feeds.

    Henrik – Overview of blogs

  • April 21, 2009

    Thanks for all the great tips and links. I should have enough information
    on how to be an expert tweeter after going through it all.
    I appreciate all your research.

    Gary McElwain

  • April 25, 2009

    What about mine in Spanish language?


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  • May 17, 2009

    Good tips and resources for Twitter beginners.
    So far so good as an early starter.

    I am doing the tips and you can see the result at twitter :)

  • June 15, 2009

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m not using Twitter actively yet, but when I do, I’ll check back this post again. Stumbled.

  • June 22, 2009

    Thanks for the comprehensive guide. A bible for the Twitter beginner to start of.

  • August 17, 2009

    I created a tutorial on how to schedule future Tweets for Facebook friends and Twitter follower birthdays:


  • September 4, 2009

    Magnifico!!!! great, I think everybody will benefit from this post… now it is in my favorite tweet

  • December 7, 2009

    This is a great website! I love the design and I love the information! Hopefully it will help me build my twitter following!

  • April 23, 2010

    These are fantastic ideas to ensure that anyone succeeds in using twitter. As long as one uses it for a purpose and not get bogged down in just constantly twittering, twitter is indeed a valuable tool.

  • June 3, 2010

    Great info. I have implemented several of these tips and they have been successful. http://twitter.com/jgwentworth

  • June 9, 2010

    Definitely a good set of tips and ones I will go through and really take a good look at. Thanks.

  • September 3, 2010

    Definitely a good set of tips and ones I will go through and really take a good look at. Thanks.

  • September 30, 2010

    Just joined the Twitter world today and found your tips very useful. Thanks!

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