Top 10 Articles For….Twitter
In this, the latest in the Top 10 Articles For.. series I am going to take a look at Twitter.
So what is thing Twitter thing all about, why as a blogger should you get involved? How do you get started? What is the etiquette? How can I use Twitter to help me? Those were some of the questions I asked my self when I started to blog and what I want to do in this article is to signpost some of the best articles that helped me to find the answers.Â I will be looking this week at the why and the basics of getting into and using Twitter, next week will be Twitter Part 2 which will look at some of the other features and Tools that you might find beneficial.
Some of the articles are in depth and serious, others are a little lighter in keeping with my view that you need to know how it works but you have to remember to have some fun.Â I must have seen more articles about Twitter than any other subject so I am not claiming that this is going to be the definitive list, my aim is to highlight some great advice and information, if you know of other great sources please share by adding your comments below!
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1. Why and when to use Twitter
First up an article form the excellent Aaron Lee aka @askaaronlee which considers when and why you should start to use Twitter if you are considering starting a blog.Â Be sure to check out the other articles from Aaron who talks a lot of sense about how to use Twitter.
2. The nuts and bolts
Look no further than this really comprehensive series of articles published in Blog Tips which goes through all of the steps you need to take to get up and running and explains the terminology.
3. Twitter for business?
If you have a business blog or web site you may be asking yourself if Twitter is right for you, this article from Lucie Hys aka @OnlineFantastic will give you some food for thought.
4. Twitter strategy
A name you have seen before, Misty Belardo aka @mistygirlph , with an article published at Bit Rebels.Â Why do you need a Twitter strategy?Â After reading this you will understand better how to ‘fit in’ and connect with others.
There is definitely an informal etiquette on Twitter and the sooner the user realises this the better.Â This article from Guatam Hans aka @virtuosoblogger on his BlogGodown blog summarises the feedback that he got from his Twitter friends when he asked about their views on good Twitter manners.
6. Traits of a terrific Tweeter
7. Power Tips
Whether you Tweet for fun or for your business, whether you are new to Twitter or have been around for a while, you will find this great list from @chrisbrogan has something to add to your experience.
Now lists really puzzled me for quite a while when I started Tweeting, I didn’t understand how they worked at all. I found this article written by Josh Catone @catone published by Mashable cleared up all of my confusion.
Whatever your reason for being on Twitter it is all about connecting and interacting with others. This article from @CindyKing published at Social Media Examiner explains how you can use Twitter as a starting point to building a strong business network.
10. Want to be a Twitter celebrity?
Finally some Twitter lessons that I have gained (sometimes the hard way) in my short time as a ‘Tweep’ which I hope will help you.
1. Don’t try too hard – When I started out I would watch a lot and not interact in case I made a fool of myself.Â I then veered to the other extreme and RT’d frantically to try to get some attention. I would spend far too many hours on Twitter wondering why nobody loved me! Chill Out. Just relax, be yourself, Tweet when you have something to say, RT if you think something is of interest to or will amuse your followers. That works and it’s more fun.
2. Read something before you RT, I have sometimes regretted an RT when I actually took the time to read it afterwards.
3. Don’t click on a link if you are not sure of the source.Â Even if it is in a DM from someone you know, I did and sent the same spam to all my followers, Ouch! If it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t.
4. Search for your own name on Twitter from time to time. I had someone try to impersonate me using my name and bio, probably a bot and I don’t know why but I now check to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
5. Thank people for following you (as long as they are real people!) without adding links, I think that is a much more genuine way to start a friendship than trying to promote yourself.
I hope you have gained something from looking at there articles, please let me know what you think.Â Another Twitter feature next week with some super articles about how to use Twitter effectively.