Twitter for dummies Prt2

Right so, we have a profile we like set up now lets get on to tweeting. First thing, there is a character limit of 140 on each tweet. So keep it short.

I remember reading somewhere that you should tweet what you are doing or what you are thinking. Right sounds easy but is what Im doing really that interesting? Lets look at a quick day in the life of me…

Just woke up, hair is not doing what it should…..

No traffic on the way to work. Bonus!

Oh yay! I get to do paper work today!

Customer just had his bulb fitted and though it was too expensive. Rubbish.

Conference call today. Way too long.

I have to say unless this is one if my close friends then this is not what I want to be reading regularly. To be honest, even if this is coming from a close friend I don’t want to read it. Sorry imaginary tweeter.

So what do you want to read in a tweet? For me something funny is always a hit but I think the best bit of advice Ive seen is treat a tweet like a conversation, if it not adding something or constructive then don’t tweet it. I realized some of this may come across hypocritical because we are not going be constantly adding constructive tweets to our feed, and not everyone will be able to relate to everything we tweet so some of it may come across superfluous, hell, sometimes we may just be really excited about something and what to announce it. Don’t forget people use twitter to promote things too. Go for it, as long as you mix it up a bit.

Also a quick note, this may be for me more than you but it’s worth a mention. Spelling. Get it right, notice a made a spelling mistake in those fake tweets above? Yeah, now who looks daft? You cannot go back and edit your tweets so read it over before you hit post!

So that’s some basics of content to get us started but those fake tweets don’t look right. Don’t most tweets have hashtags (#) and the at symbol (@)? Quick confession, my laptop doesnt have a the # printed on any key so it took me longer than I would like to admit to find it….

Lets start with the hashtag, it’s a tagging mechanism. You’ll notice the word you’ve placed your hashtag in front of will turn into a link once you’ve used it in a tweet, clicking this link will then take you all the tweets other people have made over the same topic. Easy, right?

There are two way to use the @, both methods you put it in front of a username. If you put it at the start of your tweet with nothing in front of it’s classed at a reply, the tweet will appear in that persons notifications remember it is still a public reply so will appear in the feeds of people who follow both you and the person you are sending it to.

If you put the @username anywhere else in the tweet then it’s called a mention and will appear on every ones feed and in the person you mentions notifications. Both methods will also turn the username into a link to the persons profile.

That should be the basics, as I understand them anyway, of formatting a tweet. Stay tuned as I discover more about tweeting and share what else I learn or is there something quite big I’ve missed? Let me know, I can sometime miss the elephant sitting in the room!

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Getting Started with Twitter For Dummies

So Im not the best with social media, never have been. Recently I’ve been slowly trying to change that but some of still escapes me. One of the ones that always just confused me was twitter, yes I signed up ages ago and then sorta left it. I followed a few people, friends a couple big names that seemed to post funny things and that sort of thing. Then never really used it again. So I in this post I am going to attempt to understand how to use twitter.
If you are going to join me on this little adventure then I will assume that you already have a twitter account and that you’ve at least glanced at some of the tweets other have made, as I have. Im just going to try and understand how hashtags and the like work. If you have any further advice you can offer then let me know, or any other questions you want to try and investigate then ask away! Lets go.

First thing first, I want to talk about setting up my profile and making it look pretty. Reason I always start with this is that I want to be confidant that I have something that I dont mind sharing with people, something I can be a little pround of.
Obviously I have my name set up as @Maladjustdfreak, same name as the domain so easy to remember right?
So this is how my profile looks to start with
Old twitter
I already had a profile picture but I used quite a small icon at 100x100px, the limit for a profile picture is 400x400px. So I think its time for an update with something a little larger and clearer.
Next is the header, that’s the image that seen at the top of the page on your profile. At the minute I’ve used an old pattern which on a small screen is fine but again it’s such a small res it’s all blury and ick. The largest image you can use 1500x1500px, so Ive thrown a quick banner together that I like and thats the image side of the profile done.
New Twitter
I like that, seems a little more personal.

On the writing side your profile requires, your name, no explanation needed there.
Location, where are you. Website, easy enough.
Theme colour, this doesn’t seem to affect much beside the colour of the links on your own profile. I changed mine to blue to match the image better.
Birthday, this one is optional or you can partially fill it and change who sees it if you don’t to share.
The one I always struggle with is the actual Bio, writing about myself not my favourite thing in the world. So following the advice of most sites out there I’ve looked at other people bios and tried to come with a few words that describe me or what I might be posting.
when writing the bio you only have 160 character to fill, I noticed the alot of profiles, personal one at least, tend to just list characteristics so thats the method I went with.
So far Ive come with:

Bit of a geek, Bit of a crafter, Bit of goth, bit of a blogger, Bit Random really.

It’s very similar to my instagram one but a tad longer. Its short sweet, and pretty much covers me so Im happy with it.

And that is how I’ve set up my profile on twitter. Yeah, I know its not much and its all simple stuff but this post is getting a little long so for the time being that’s all you get. Tune in next time where I will actually talk about tweeting. Check it out Im using the lingo!

Here are some of the sites that have helped me out.
The twitter support page is great for help.
This Mashable had a great page for writing your bio.

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