Twitter twitter twitter… what in the world is this thing? It's funny sounding and for the more detailed people out there it has been challenging their written communication skills by only allowing 140 characters per post. Geez. Well I'm here to share some of my experience of using Twitter with you and also to give 3 out of a million things that you could do to get started.
Less than 2 years ago I started my Twitter account @MGStults and my thought with my Twitter handle was ” I didn't want anyone to know my name”. Yes your laughter is so loud I can hear it all the way through the internet connection. Very silly wouldn't you agree? If your online you are absolutely giving up some of your privacy. You probably have Facebook don't you?
Today I'm happy with how things have turned out because I have the opportunity to share about my two oldest sons' rare neurological disease called Niemann-Pick Type C Disease. It is a fatal disease that strikes predominately children and through adolescents. It is the cells inability to metabolize cholesterol that leads to the cells death. It causes massive amounts of accumulation of fatty cells in the liver, brain, and spleen which ultimately triggers a domino affect of neurological issues that claims their life. You can join our Facebook Page for our non-profit to show your support.
I'm not able to put a number on the value of it all but just the awareness alone is massive. To say the least I have met several new friends and have enjoyed several sources of information that have been shared. So on with some randomness here.
1) Pick a name, any name. Step right up:
@IDrink4Donuts might work for you if your Homer Simpson. The down side is that might not be your style. You need to determine if this is for fun, business, or both? Maybe you want to brand your name like @MichaelGStults? Grab the world by it's horns and be creative if you'd like.
Start by going to https://twitter.com/signup
2) Ask people to drink your Kool-Aid:
When you sign up for a new account one of the very beginning screens will ask you to find people using your email accounts, by name, and by interests. The simplest thing to do is find other people with common interests as you. As my wife asked one day recently, “why are these people following me and I don't even know them?”. I told her that they like to drink the Kool-Aid and it is OK. It's a contact sport and to get the most out of Twitter you have to interact with people.
3) Find information that you find helpful and interesting or sometimes boring:
Having only 140 characters to make a point might seem challenging to some people. You'll find people getting very creative with how to expand on the limitation. I like to post about topics that I am interested in like SEO, Internet Marketing, Sports, Health, and about my family. Some prefer to use services like TwitterFeed to aggregate news from other sites like CNN, ESPN, and Mashable. Either way you have to interact with people to have Twitter work effectively for you.
Lastly you want to fill in a quick bio about yourself and give yourself a mugshot (avatar) for your account while your at it. You'll get that option after your picking people to start following as shown above. You will be asked to enter a web address where people can click on to learn more about you or to a website in general. If you don't have a website consider creating a social profile like this one: Card.ly.