As promised when I started the Top 3 Tips series, I’d like to share little bits of actionable ideas and inspiration for different social media tools and platforms. With Twitter being one of my favourite platforms, it’s one that I’m constantly trying to learn more about.
1. Get your profile up and ready! The absolute basics are:
Once you have the basics of your profile in place, you’re ready to keep going with your Twitter adventure.2. Start following and connecting with people! The only way people will know that you’re on Twitter is when you actually start telling people that you’re there. And, the best place to start is to find other people who are already on Twitter.
If you already know some friends and contacts who are on Twitter, start with them. Follow them and lLet them know you’ve joined their Twitterverse. And perhaps, ask questions or request introductions. If you don’t know their Twitter usernames or handles, you can use the built-in Twitter search engine to type their names. If that doesn’t work, head to Google or Bing or any other search engine of your choice and type in their names and add the word “Twitter”. See what comes up.
Twitter also has a list of suggested people to follow, you can check them out and see if they interest you. You might also want to try using a Twitter directory or tool like WeFollow, so you can look for Twitter users by keyword or location (yes, one reason location is an important part to fill out!). Unfortunately, the ones highlighted in such tools tend to be the “popular ones” (ie, celebrities). So, it’s not as easy to find non-celebs. But, it’s a start.
Once you follow, though, try to say hello and introduce yourself briefly. This way, they know that you’re genuine person and that you really want to connect. This practice is not always possible, but always helpful, especially if you wish to communicate with people on a deeper level.
3. Familiarise yourself with Twitter’s different features and tools. Just like a number of things, there’s always a lot to learn in the beginning. Don’t be overwhelmed. Try to learn as you go by asking questions, participating, reading useful resources, and experimenting.
Some things that you might want to take some time to get to know on Twitter include:
There are a number of other tips and tools on Twitter that I’d like to share in future posts. But for now, I hope these ideas would help you get a good start in your Twitter adventure. All the best with it!
And, if you haven’t done so yet, do follow @Vervely on Twitter, and let us know how you found us. Also, we share more tips on Twitter and relevant topics there.
Shai Coggins is the Manager and Chief Digital Media Specialist at Vervely, an Australia-based agency serving local and international clients. One of the company's main clients is Microsoft. Shai has been featured in a number of media due to her online work, including being named as one of Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list (2009).