If you have made it past the question Why Twitter? and taken your first steps in Before You Sign Up for Twitter, it’s time for practical how-to’s! This series will be helpful if you have been timidly poking at Twitter but still feel a bit lost, overwhelmed, or underwhelmed. (I include “underwhelmed” because that’s probably a sign that you haven’t developed a style of Twitter use that works for you.)
My previous two series originally started as a single, catch-all Twitter series which I divided into two as the topics became clearer. This time, I’m going out on a bit of limb by listing the topics up front. I have less time to blog than I thought, and someday (soon, God willing) I will have full-time employment again which will limit me further. But regardless of how quickly I write these, I wanted to give you an outline of what is coming so that you know what practical how-to’s you can look forward to.
The order and naming may change, but this series will cover:
- Twitter Symbols: What Do @, d, RT, # Mean?
- Use a Twitter Client
- What to Tweet (and What Not To)
- Who to Follow on Twitter
- I’m Being Followed on Twitter!
- Dealing with Twitter spam
- Making links shorter
- Twitter’s API opens up a world of apps (including search)
- Integrating Twitter and Facebook updates
- Propagation of ideas: The importance of retweets
Of course, this ground has been covered by many other people. But since there is no “one right way” to use Twitter, what you will get is a practical description of the way I’ve learned to do things. You will find your own style, but I hope my experiences will help you along your way.
And am I missing anything? Please leave a comment below if you have any how-to questions, especially if you’re fairly new to Twitter.