You may have found yourself wanting to use Twitter but have no clue where to start. Well this guide will help you understand the basics of Twitter.
What is Twitter? Twitter is a short message that you can send or read. These messages are called Tweets. Tweets can only be 140 characters long.
The Twitter community is made up of people that you follow in which you can see their tweets and people that are following you where they can see your tweets.
The Twitter community is like a large party where you get to eavesdrop on people’s conversations as you walk by. So what do people tweet about? Well there are numerous things that people tweet about and there are no limits to what people can and will tweet about. People can tweet about a good book they have just read or nay interesting website they have just come across. People can tweet about what they ate for breakfast or what they did at work. People tweet about their daughter’s soccer game or their son’s football game win. So, as you can see there are lots of things to tweet about and read about.
Before you just jump right into Twitter and start posting, you will need to decide why you want to use Twitter. Do you want to stay in touch with family and friends? Do you want to communicate with vendors and customer on a business level? Do you want to drive traffic to your blog or website? Your Twitter goal is important because it helps define your niche and who will follow you.
Setting up your Twitter profile is pretty easy. You will need to enter either your real name or make up a user name and your geographical location. Your Web lets you add a link to either your website or blog. And Your Bio is for you to describe yourself.
Now it’s time for you to start following people. People you may follow can be friends, family, customers, peers, service providers for your business and social media gurus. You can always change who you follow as your needs change.
There are several ways to find people to follow. You can do a name, email or keyword search. Follow Friday gets recommendations from people you like and Piggyback lets you see who follows people you like and whom they follow.
So now you are probably thinking about what to tweet. General tweets will be sent to everyone who follows you. Take time to read what others tweet so you can get ideas. Other ideas include things like “I am in my garden”, “I am looking for a recipe for Beef Stroganoff”, or an announcement of a new blog post.
I hope you have learned the basic mechanics of the Twitter community.