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10 Ways To Be Useful on Twitter

by Ryan Miller – Follow him @ryancmiller

failwhaleWith Twitter being the big buzz word all over the MSM, blogs and just about everywhere you look, it seems like everyone is jumping on the Twitter bandwagon.  And that’s not a bad thing at all.  But most people don’t know how to ‘use’ it or don’t understand how it can be a great tool meet new people, manage lots of conversations, track buzz, and help your business.  While there’s no one RIGHT WAY to use Twitter, the ‘What Are You Doing’ moniker is just the tip of the iceberg.  Here’s 10 ways to Be Useful on Twitter: (more…)

13 Twitter Tips and Tutorials for Beginners

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

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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.

To keep up to date with more Twitter Tips and Tutorials for both individuals and businesses wanting to get on Twitter – follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our news feed.

Anatomy Of A Successful Tweet

Charles Bell: Anatomy of the Brain, c. 1802
Image by brain_blogger via Flickr

Leo Dirr is a freelance writer. Follow him @UtahNewsGuy.

When I began using Twitter a short time ago, I had no idea how much strategy could be involved in a simple tweet. You only get 140 characters, for crying out loud. How much thought could go into that, honestly?

A lot. And once I started to figure that out, my tweets got a lot more traction. I’d like to tell you about my most successful tweet to date and the strategy behind it.

Let’s begin with the tweet itself:

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Tweeting Your Best Self

by Sean Platt – a freelance writer who blogs about creativity and passion at Collective Inkwell. Follow him @writerdad.

Twitter has no doubt altered the entire landscape of blogging. It’s accessibility, immediacy, and wide availability to anyone with a working Internet connection have made it the fastest thriving online application ever, currently growing at twice the speed of Facebook.

I myself was late to the Twitter party. Though I did have an account, I rarely used it until recently, vastly preferring the broader canvas my own blog provided. It wasn’t until I finally realized the true benefit of what Twitter offered that I fully embraced its almost limitless possibility.

What does Twitter offer above all else? Twitter allows you to show a more immediate version of yourself.

When I am drafting a post to be later published on my own site, I can take all the time I need to sand the rough edges and make my prose and personality glow. This is not true with Twitter. Whenever I am truly engaged in Twitter, I am responding to information at the speed in which it appears. I have 140 characters to make my thoughts count, and a never ending stream of information to first access and then act upon.

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What Twitter Application is Right For You?

Nisha Chittal is a student who blogs about politics, social issues, twenty-something life, and technology at Politicoholic. Follow her @nishachittal

(Editor’s Note: This post was submitted prior to the changes at Twitter.com in regards to @replies versus @yourusername and how it handles that. Please take that into consideration when reading!)

When I was new to twitter, I had no idea what I was doing — as is the case for most people when they first sign up. After I started following a few people I noticed all the different applications their Tweets were coming from: Twhirl, TweetDeck, Twittelator, Twitterific, PowerTwitter, TwitterFon, the list goes on. How do you sort through all of them and find the right application to use? Is any one of them better than the others? After trying nearly everything, I have a few ideas as to how to find the right Twitter app to suit your needs.
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Twitter is as Bad (Or as Good) as YOU Make It

by Jamie Harrop (follow him at @jamieharrop and learn more about him at the bottom of this post).

Having reached 750 followers earlier today and wrote over 6,000 updates, I’m a big fan of Twitter. But over the last week I’ve found myself becoming too much of a fan. Defending Twitter to the death has become a part of my daily life.

Across Facebook and forums, I’ve conversed with hundreds of people who “don’t get” Twitter, and people who claim to “get it” but really don’t.

Now, I have no problem with people who don’t understand Twitter. It’s a phenomenon, for sure, and one that is going to take time to develop in to a household name in any area outside of Uber-Geek-Street. But it’s when people claim to understand Twitter, but still say they hate it, that I step up to the plate and feel the need to bear arms and defend.

Sausage and Eggs for Breakfast

The conversation usually goes like this:

John Doe – “I hate Twitter”
Jamie – “Why?”
John Doe – “I don’t want to know what somebody ate for breakfast!”
Jamie – “If you used Twitter, you would know it’s nothing like that”
John Doe – “I have used Twitter, and it’s exactly like that”
Jamie – “Maybe that’s because you’re not using Twitter in the best way?”

At this point I usually scuttle away to John Doe’s now defunct Twitter account to find his last Tweet that reads “Had sausage and eggs for breakfast. Eggs didn’t smell too good”.

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How to get ReTweeted – The Formula

louise-doherty.jpgIn this post Louise Doherty (@louisedoherty) shares a formula to help you increase the chances of being ReTweeted.

Being ‘retweeted’, the word to describe when one of your followers re-post one of your tweets, is a useful way of reaching a greater portion of the Twittersphere than you might otherwise be capable of reaching on your own.

Retweeted posts are generally indicated by adding ‘RT @username’ in front of the original tweet.

You might want to reach a wider audience for a number of reasons:

  • To ask a question, perhaps for help or opinion (crowdsourcing)
  • To share something prolific, amusing or newsworthy
  • To promote something (an event, blog post or product)
  • To interact with new people on Twitter (many of my new followers are as a result of being retweeted)

Unfortunately, without explicitly asking to be retweeted (which in my opinion always looks a bit desperate) you can’t physically make people retweet you. But I’ve discovered it is possible to increase your chances of being retweeted.

As part of my job as an in house PR at Fubra, who own HousePriceCrash.co.uk, OurProperty.co.uk and PetrolPrices.com, I created @housepricecrash, @ourproperty and @ukpetrolprices, and in running three Twitter accounts I noticed a common theme in retweeted tweets.

I’ve condensed my observations into a formula:

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10 Hot Twitter Tips

January was a great month here at TwiTip with some new highs in traffic and some fantastic reader discussion in many of our posts.

Here are the top ten posts from the month (ranked in order of traffic):

  1. 7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter
  2. Twitter versus Facebook: Should you Choose?
  3. 8 Sure-Fire Ways To Tick Off the Twitterverse
  4. 181 Free Twitter Buttons, Badges, Widgets and Counters
  5. Make a Good Impression with a Custom Twitter Background
  6. How to Track Twitter Clicks and Get Conversion Data
  7. 10 Tips to Be Effective at Marketing on Twitter
  8. Ten People All Twitter Beginners Should be following
  9. 5 Steps To Model Successful Twitter Users
  10. Types of Birds on Twitter and How to Be an Eagle

Some of these were written before January but still saw healthy traffic. Thanks for reading TwiTip and helping us grow!

How To Get Unfollowed On Twitter

As a followup to her previous post on how to be someone that others will want to follow on Twitter - Jo-Lynne (follow her at @dcrmom) has put together a post on how to get UNFOLLOWED on Twitter.

If you’re reading this site, you already know the benefits of Twitter. And whether you are promoting a business or looking for social interaction, chances are you’d like to know how to get more followers and make Twitter more beneficial to you. We’ve all read plenty of posts on Twitter ettiquete. Here’s a list of things that are sure to get you UN-followed on Twitter.

1) Bore everyone to tears with your mundane account of your day. Let us know every time you complete a task, every bite of food you put in your mouth, and every time you visit the lavatory. They will be sure to unfollow you.

2) Clog the Twitterstream with what I like to call “Serial Twittering”. Reply to everyone who has been online in the past two hours and continue to converse back and forth even when your conversation has no purpose for anyone else. Link to every page open on your browser. You’ll be sure to lose a few followers that way.

3) Or you could take the opposite approach. Don’t bother to participate at all. Don’t respond to other tweets or answer questions. You’re far too important for those peons. Just link to your latest post and move along about your day. Wait. On second thought, there’s a robot to do that for you. Just set up that plugin and you’ll never have to bother logging in to Twitter again.

4) Now it’s time to go in for the kill. Set your robot to reply to new followers with a canned greeting. In fact! You can even set it to respond when your followers post their first tweet of the day! That’s the ticket! Your followers are dropping like flies now.

And there you have it — my best advice on how to get unfollowed on Twitter. You’re welcome.

Top 10 Tips for Twitter … and Life

In this post Crystal N Woods (follow her at @crystalsquest) shares some great tips for those starting out in Twitter.

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The buzz this year is all about Twitter, the ‘microblog’ service.

Both the web and twitter are full of pleas from people who say they don’t ‘get it’. In a nutshell, the point of twitter is to post very short updates – no more than 140 characters. It’s a bit like a txt msg for the web, on ‘what you’re doing now’. These tweets can be links to cool sites you’ve found, conversations with other twitter users, questions you want a quick answer for, what you’re having for dinner or even haiku poetry.

The main difference between twitter and txt is: when you send it out it goes out to everyone who’s opted to follow you. On the receiving end, you’re getting these updates from everyone you’ve chosen to follow. This constant flow of short messages to and from is called the ‘twitter stream’. It can be a bit overwhelming at first. Just like modern life. In fact, it occurred to me that the people who ‘get it’ and rave about it the most are the very same people who have achieved vast levels of success in this information age. So, here’s my take on the top 10 success tips for twitter… and Life!

1. Fluff and filler are no longer an option. Nobody has time/interest in reading them. Get to the point.

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