Twitter for beginners

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Information about Twitter for beginners

Published on February 28, 2014

Author: nas009



A basic guide to using Twitter effectively

Twitter 101 By: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah Communications Specialist AWDF @nas009

Sign up to Twitter

First steps - recommendations • Keep your user name as short and as simple as possible. It contributes to your 140 character allocation in a tweet • Use your actual picture, unless you have security concerns. In any case don’t leave the egg picture profile intact

Your Timeline To paraphrase my friend @kobbygraham “My timeline is a garden. I cultivate it” Your TL is as interesting or boring as the people you follow

A snapshot of my TL

Deciding who to follow • I look at people tagged in interesting tweets and check out their TL • I look at who my friends RTs • I always check out a person’s TL before deciding whether to follow them or not

Twitter Don’ts • Don’t ask for a #FF or #FollowForFollow or #Follow back – it smacks too much of desperation. • See @kobbygraham’s post on the subject -sorry-no-followbacks/ • Don’t RT blindly. Read links before you RT

Twitter Do’s • Engage. Comment. Share. • Know that every tweet is public whether you reply to one individual or tweet generally • Use hashtags appropriately. #There #Is #No #Need #To #Hashtag #Every #Word

Managing multiple accounts

Making Twitter easier to use • Use a third party application like Hoot Suite to make it easier to manage third party applications • Download a twitter application for your phone – E.g.s include Twitter, Hoot Suite, Uber Social

Interesting examples of how Twitter is being used • To facilitate conversations e.g. • To live tweet an event • To network across boundaries

Amplifying voices

14 African women to follow • • • • • • • @kenyanpundit @SorayaSpeaks @KinnaReads @bettymurungi @saratu @sheroxlox @HakimaAbbas

14 African women to follow • • • • • • • @GeeBrunswick @ophiona @khanyisile @stillSHErises @MsAfropolitan @TheoSowa @SpectraSpeaks

Final tips • Avoid ‘sms’ speak if tweeting in a professional capacity • Edit tweets to fit 140 characters or send out multiple tweets • @anindividual on a tweet if necessary • Have fun tweeting 

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