Twitter is a great tool. It has allowed me to develop relationships with people on a personal level. The power is that it’s a conversation that is only as disruptive as you allow it to be. And rich relationships can be fostered because Twitter allows a window into other people’s lives.
Ogilvy PR has two good posts on corporate use of Twitter:
- Why Twitter should matter to you
- Twitter Best practices
- Why Twitter Should Matter To You: Twustomer Service Edition
There are many resources for getting started. Here are some of the best:
- Caroline Middlebrook has a great guide
- Twitter in Plain English (a clever and fun two-minute video)
- How to use Twitter (a blogger’s solid step-by-step)
- 10 Ways to use Twitter
- List of Twitter101 posts on Delicious thanks to Warren Sukernek
Have patience with Twitter. Until you have some follow people & they follow you it will seem meaningless. Who you follow depends on your interests. Make sure that you keep adding new people because that will give you the opportunity to expand your horizons. Some must follows in my opinion:
- Follow me & I will follow you back
- @chrisbrogan @jowyang @mackcollier @conniereece @kanter
- Community Managers & Social Media
- to add your twitter link – password is build
- List of Brands on Twitter
- Enterprise use of Twitter
- Subject Areas in Twitter
Ideas to find more interesting people:
If you see an interesting conversation click on the @person & see if they will add value to your Twitter stream. Follow them if they look interesting.
And Twitter may seem odd & disjointed. Here are two tools to see the messages in a threaded format:
- Quotably.com puts the conversations into perspective (it’s not perfect though).
- Tweeder.com thanks to my sister for that
- Search.Twitter.com. This is a great tool & you can subscribe to the RSS for the search & monitor it. It’s a great tool for building brand.
- Ways to Search Twitter thanks to @webword
How my use of Twitter has evolved as my number of followers increased
- And I have a number of articles on Twitter.
What are your favorite resources for getting started with Twitter? What advice would you give someone just dipping their toes in? Feel free to leave your Twitter must follows in the comments.
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