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Getting Started with Twitter: 51 Tweeting Templates
Dec07

Getting Started with Twitter: 51 Tweeting Templates

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...

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Getting Started with Twitter: Using Twitter Ads
Sep25

Getting Started with Twitter: Using Twitter Ads

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...

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Getting Started with Twitter: How to Get More Twitter Followers
Sep14

Getting Started with Twitter: How to Get More Twitter Followers

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...

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Getting Started with Twitter: Recommended Twitter Apps
Sep12

Getting Started with Twitter: Recommended Twitter Apps

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...

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Getting Started with Twitter: Linking Twitter with Facebook
Sep11

Getting Started with Twitter: Linking Twitter with Facebook

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...

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Getting Started with Twitter: The Timing of Tweeting
Sep10

Getting Started with Twitter: The Timing of Tweeting

People always want to know the answer to two specific questions regarding Twitter, especially if they’re concerned about getting their content in front of as many eyes as possible. How do I know this? I’ve been (and continue to be) one of those people. Those questions are: When should I tweet? How often should I tweet? I’ve seen so many articles and countless infographics trying to answer these questions. Search long...

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Getting Started with Twitter: What’s in a Retweet?
Sep07

Getting Started with Twitter: What’s in a Retweet?

If used appropriately, retweets are one surefire way to earn respect and gain followers on Twitter. What’s a Twitter Retweet? A retweet is exactly what it sounds like, i.e. when you tweet somebody else’s tweet. “Old school” retweets look like this: RT @copyblogger: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less – http://t.co/Zj1tIaru — Blake Atwood (@batwood) August 28, 2012 This is my preferred method. Call me old-hat,...

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Getting Started with Twitter: Mentions and Direct Messages
Sep06

Getting Started with Twitter: Mentions and Direct Messages

Today we’ll discuss the relational building blocks of Twitter, also known as mentions and direct messages. What’s the difference between a mention and a direct message? Simply put, mentions are public, direct messages are private. The 140-character limit remains in effect regardless. Twitter Mentions When you begin a tweet with @twittername, that’s called a “mention.” It sends a public message to @twittername. If...

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Getting Started with Twitter: Choosing a Name
Sep05

Getting Started with Twitter: Choosing a Name

My Uncle, a pastor, poet and author, recently joined Twitter. He asked me for a crash course in tweeting. Instead of providing advice to him alone, I thought others might also benefit from the few things I’ve learned since joining Twitter in April 2007. I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I do run three separate Twitter accounts, the best of which (in terms of followers, quality of content, and consistency) is my...

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Getting Started with Twitter: 10 Steps to Twitter Competence
Sep04

Getting Started with Twitter: 10 Steps to Twitter Competence

Choosing a Name Mentions and Direct Messages What’s in a Retweet The Timing of Tweeting Linking Twitter and Facebook Recommended Twitter Apps How to Get More Twitter Followers Using Twitter Ads 51 Tweeting Templates … coming soon...

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