twitter etiquette

You must have heard of that by now! It is a social networking tool where you chat about whatever you want, you can be social or tweet about specialties, it is totally up to you what you want to chat about. You have a 140 character limit, so choose your chats or ‘tweets’ carefully to get your point across.

I love to tweet about stuff! It could be from my thoughts at a particular moment, catching up with friends, giving advice, motivational quotes, advice, and much more.

When setting up a Twitter account, think about your username, what you will use your Twitter account for. If you’re branding yourself or your business products, it’s best to use your own name or the ‘brand or website’ you want to promote to people on the web. Now pay attention, by ‘brand’ I don’t mean your products, you should always consider the brand YOU first and foremost. If you market yourself correctly, the products will sell. People want to know the real you, not your SALES.

Your audience on Twitter can be as varied or specific as you like, it’s totally up to you who you accept as a ‘follower’ or not. You can follow people who are of interest to you, and you can also see who wants to follow you. There can be some unsavory characters on Twitter, but there is the feature of ‘blocking’ a user and reporting them as a ‘spammer’.

It’s better to try to socially connect with other tweeples and interact where possible rather than trying to ‘sell’ them things; this can be considered spam and is not acceptable on Twitter.

If you are a student and you are stuck with an essay or dissertation, throw the question to Twitterland and as for the opinions, you will soon receive an avalanche of answers. Likewise, if you want to search for or engage with another ‘tweeple’, throw out a question, phrase, or statement and see what they respond to.

If you want to show appreciation for what others have ‘tweeted’ about you, you can share or otherwise retweet or RT information on your own list. This will include sending the information to other users who may not be in your next group.

Hashes are used to “group” a topic of interest, for example #self motivation you can use them in your tweets as a way of searching for ‘keywords’. Users can search for hash tags that will group topics together and display all relevant tweets that fall in the #self-motivation range, for example.

You can add photos and URL links to tweets, but in some cases it’s better to shorten the links, as this eats up the valuable 140 characters. There are sites that can shorten links for you, so research this online through any search engine.

Try to give value to the messages you send on Twitter. People love useful information, NO commercial SPAM! I hope you have found this information useful. Please let me know by leaving me a comment below.

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