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Getting Started on Twitter

Posted by on August 29, 2012 in For Businesses

Twitter is one of, if not arguably, the most important micro-blogging sites in Social Media. You relay your message in 140 characters or less.  Set-up is really very easy.  Here are a few tips to start you in the right direction.

Once you have joined the site consider your user name carefully.  This is what will follow the @name that the Twittershpere will see in their streams. The length of your user name is including in the 140 characters so try to keep it as short as possible.

We highly suggest that you use your real name, for example @JohnDoe …if for some reason your real name is not available then you can use @John_Doe or @JohnDoe1, ect.  If you are a business then of course you would use your company name i.e. @BuyMeCheap and you will use the same url to your website BuyMeCheap.com

The next step is to fill out your profile. It is simply a matter of ticking off the functions that are relevant to you.  We suggest that you tick secure connection: HTTPS

It is extremely important to let the world know who you are. You add this info into your bio and you only have 140 characters here as well. Use relevant terms that make sense for you: If you are in Social Media then you want to use this keyword.  When an individual is searching for a particular subject or interest then Twitter’s own Search Engines crawl all of the profiles to pull in relevant results.

One of the biggest errors people make when they join the site is they neglect to add a profile picture.  Do not under any circumstances leave your profile set to the default egg.  You wil be ignored completely.  This is very unprofessional.  If you are a business then you want to use your company logo.

One of the great options, especially if you are a business is that you can have your tweets posted directly to your facebook account.

You are now ready to send out your first tweet.  Do not stress, you can simply say hello and what you do. If you hope to have your tweet re-tweeted (in other words, shared in your followers streams) remember to leave at least 14-20 characters free at the end of your tweet. Have fun and remember Twitter is a Social site, engagement is key whether you are a person or a company.

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