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Getting Started with Twitter: 51 Tweeting Templates

By |December 7th, 2012|

In my ongoing series Getting Started with Twitter: 10 Steps to Twitter Competence, I’ve shared how Twitter novices can dive into one of the fastest-growing social media sites on the web. From choosing a name to the basics of tweeting, from recommending Twitter apps to suggesting ways to get more Twitter followers, I hope I’ve provided at least one new idea you can implement in order to increase your enjoyment of the site and your engagement with your audience. In this next-to-last installment of this ten-part series, I’m offering 51 Twitter templates: questions and quotes that may help you entice and engage your online audience. To tweet the line, click the link. Questions 1. How would your friends describe you in three words? 2. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 3. What book(s) are you reading right now? 4. What’s the best question you’ve ever been asked? 5. How can I help you accomplish something today? 6. What are you most looking forward to right now? 7. Who are the top 3 people you follow on Twitter? 8. What’s your favorite website? 9. What means the most to you in the world? 10. What one movie could you watch over and over? […]

Getting Started with Twitter: Using Twitter Ads

By |September 25th, 2012|

Since beneficial influence is a key factor in using Twitter to its fullest potential, you may wonder Should I use Twitter ads to gain followers? I am not an expert on this particular subject, but I recently enjoyed a good experience using Twitter ads. Don’t worry. I’ll point you to better resources in addition to sharing my small story. Due to Hootsuite’s largesse, I received an email with a $100 voucher towards Twitter advertising for my @Writers_Read account, a twitter handle I use for my other blog, With nothing to lose except time spent learning their ad models, I visited and redeemed my voucher. Twitter’s ad management console is very straightforward. This stands in stark contrast to the seemingly overwhelming world of Facebook advertising. If you’ve been looking to get into online advertising and you’ve amassed at least some followers (let’s say 100), you’d serve yourself well by trying out Twitter advertising. […]

Getting Started with Twitter: How to Get More Twitter Followers

By |September 14th, 2012|

Let me begin by stating that I do not have the single, magic bean answer to the question How Do I Get More Twitter Followers? While “social media experts” may tell you that a certain service (namely, theirs) will help you amass followers, they’re likely not the kind of followers you’d want (if they’re even real). Some online sources say there’s little cachet in a large Twitter following, but we have a difficult time not ascribing some level of greater influence to those who have larger numbers of followers than we do. While numbers alone don’t tell the entire story, they help us to form a quick impression of someone we only know through a glass screen. This, in part, is what gave rise to the sometimes controversial site Klout, which purports to tell you and the world around you how influential a person you may be. Last I read, they’re even attempting to incorporate real-world influence into their otherwise all-digital universe. But I digress. The key to getting more followers is to be someone others want to follow. That may sound simple, but there are multiple ways to achieve this goal. Celebrities, sports stars, authors, and business leaders have a built-in followership. That’s why they can easily have millions of Twitter followers in a short amount of time. But what about someone just starting out on Twitter, like a new business owner? If you’re serious about using Twitter to enhance your personal online profile or to augment your business, you’ll need to learn how to use Twitter differently than if you were only using it personally. The following is by no means a comprehensive list, but I’ve experienced moderate success with my work Twitter account (@FVmomentum) by following a few simple guidelines. […]

Getting Started with Twitter: Recommended Twitter Apps

By |September 12th, 2012|

While there’s currently a certain level of annoyance on the part of third-party Twitter developers because of Twitter’s new API rules, Twitter’s willingness to let developers create apps on top of their software has been a boon both to Twitter and many of these developers. While these factions argue about OAUTH and tokens and other dev-speak, it’s us, the end-users, who have reaped the benefits of the Twitter ecosystem. A broad array of Twitter apps abound that can help you do just about anything you’d like to with Twitter. Below, I’ll share what I actually use, plus provide a list of other services that may interest you. What Twitter apps should I use? […]

Getting Started with Twitter: Linking Twitter with Facebook

By |September 11th, 2012|

Since Facebook has amassed nearly a billion users and Twitter has approximately half of that number, another question often asked by Twitter newbies is: Should I link my Twitter and Facebook accounts? In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer. If you’d like one less social media account to update, linking your Twitter account to your Facebook account solves that. When you update Twitter, your Facebook status will also update. However, you’ll lose the ability to post longer status updates to Facebook, or to enjoy the rich media autolinking that Facebook uses to display those pretty pictures when you post links directly to Facebook. If the only two social media sites you use are Facebook and Twitter, I’d recommend linking your accounts. It’s the fastest way to update both sites simultaneously. On the other hand, articles also abound on the vast differences between Twitter and Facebook and the need to treat each of them separately in order to get the best return from using either service. For instance, this report on social media shelf-life states that “You can expect, on average, an extra 24 minutes of attention if you post on Facebook than if you post on Twitter.” […]