NEW AT TWITTER? READ THIS FIRST!

Some Basic Twitter Terms to get you started

# = Hashtag –  A hashtag allows you to place your tweet into a category (subject) that is taking place. It links to other real time conversations’ that is also using the same hashtag word.  For example: #socialmedia – allows your tweet to be linked to everyone else who is using the same hashtag word.

@ =  A symbol that is put before someone’s username allowing them to be notified of your tweet.   Ex:

That’s an interesting tweet!

Avatar = Is your personal image/picture that you upload to your twitter profile.

DM = Direct Message is a private message between you and the recipient.

FF = Follow Friday – you would use the hashtag symbol (#) before the FF and list others by adding the (@) before their usernames indicating that others should follow the people you indicated in your tweet.

Followers = People (twitter users) who follow you.

Handle = Twitter handle is the username you have selected with the twitter url – ex:  www.twitter.com/laurindanyintro is mine.

RT = Retweet – which means that you liked someones tweet enough to retweet it for your followers to see.

What should you tweet about

  • Businesses can use twitter to offer coupons or special deals
  • Post URL to your business blog or website with some information
  • Solve people’s problems
  • Post pictures of your products, office, stores, personnel  (with their permission of course) – better yet, post some fun pictures from around your office or store
  • Post random quotes – don’t always make your tweets about business
  • Provide valuable information to your followers – maybe some fun facts
  • Retweet other  users tweets

Purpose of Twitter for Business

  • Build brand awareness
  • Content distribution
  • Helps to improve website ranking
  • Drive followers to your business blog or website
  • Lead generation
  • Keep up with competitors

ALWAYS BE REAL AND GENUINE.  DO NOT BE TECHNICAL.  BE FRIENDLY AND CASUAL. DO NOT SPAM AND REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!

HAPPY TWEETING!

Sources:

Twitter 101 clarifying the rules for newbies

Top 10 things new people twitter should know

Top 10 Twitter Tips for Beginners

Previously on dbmei.com:

Twitter Tools You May Not Be Able to Live Without

Four Important Lessons Behind Successful Brand Marketing on Twitter

Twitter and TV: The Hashtags are #Here, #There, #Everywhere

Best Twitter Tools: TweetDeck, TrueTwit, FLLWRS, 20FT, Formulists

TweetStats Real-Time Twitter Statistics

Author:

Laurinda Handlik,  NY Introductions (social media marketing) 631-670-6079

www.facebook.com/nyintroductions  –  www.twitter.com/laurindanyintro 

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