Ok, you decided. Almost all of your friends are on Twitter. What’s more – even your boss is tweeting from time to time, even with your grandma 😉 So – you must be in.
But how to start with it? You are not computer freak, and social media are for you “black magic”.
This short tutorial for beginners will help you to familiarize with Twitter
How to use Twitter – tutorial for beginners
If you don’t have Twitter account yet, you must firstly sign up into Twitter. It’s very easy – you should fill in only your name, login and password:
If some of your data will be incorrect (especially Username and your email), Twitter will inform you of it and will give you some suggestions.
After creating an account, Twitter will show you some tips about tweeting, including some suggestions, who can you follow:
Of course you can find your friends, colleagues and other people by name
At the end of your configuration tour, you are able to upload your photo, and describe yourself in some words. You can skip each of these steps at each moment.
After confirming your email, it’s strongly recommended to update your profile.
There are a lot of settings, you can change here – password, design, notifications scheme, and even Apps, which have access to your Twitter account.
But there are some settings, you shouldn’t forget about. Please add proper information about you, use your real photo as an icon of your profile – it really helps to buid your credibility.
If you have website or blog – you can put proper address into your URL field.
And don’t forget to fill your location, especially if you plan to tweet to followers from another time zone.
If you want, you can update your background image. It’s not very important, but it can be helpful to distinguish yourself from the crowd.
How to get followers
Finally, your account is created and information about you is completed.
But who will read your tweets – you don’t have followers!
At the beginning of your adventure with Twitter, you should be proactive.
Add at least some people, you want to follow. It may be your friends, colleagues, mentors. You should try to find people in your niche and follow them.
If you have an account in Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or AOL you can search people to follow in your contacts directly in Twitter.
Finally, you can send information about your Twitter account to your friends, colleagues and family. If you want, you can place you twitter icon on your blog or website.
What should I tweet about?
Ok, my configuration is finished and I have some followers. What’s next?
Next step is start tweeting of course:)
You can tweet about almost everything – some people tweets about hot topics, some share links from their blog or websites, in order to grow their online businesses. Some people, from time to time, tweet citations of famous people – and it also works for them!
There are also people, who love tweeting about everything – interesting sites, articles, ideas, private life, etc.
But before starting tweeting, you must remember 2 things:
-your messages should be no longer than 140 characters
-if something is interesting for you, probably it will be interesting for your followers
5 more tips about Twitting
Getting more followers
1) Each day (or almost each day) you should make at least 3-5 tweets. If you aren’t tweeting, why your followers should follow you?
2) From time to time you should retweet someone’s great tweets – it will pay off in the future. Besides, people who are looking for good candidates to “follow” are researching your tweets – they will be more interesting to follow someone who may retweet their tweets in the future 🙂
Should I follow my followers?
3) If someone is following you – should you follow him/her?
It depends – I check the follower and if his/her tweets are interesting, I click “follow” button.
But some people aren’t doing research – they “autofollow” everybody, who follow them. You must experiment, what’s better for you 🙂
How to don’t lost your followers?
4) If someone is following you – you can send to him or her direct message – please use it carefully, without spamming their accounts with your affiliate links
5) Please don’t tweet only about yourself and your business. It may be not interesting and boring for your followers, to read 50 tweets a day about you 🙂
Summarizing this tutorial – it’s only clipping of bunch of tips, how to use Twitter
And I know that there are other great articles about Twitter and tweeting – so below you can find some of them.
10 Twitter Tips To Drive Traffic To Your Site – post by Matt Smith about using Twitter to promote and driving traffic to your site
Avoid Being Unfollowed on Twitter – 15 Tips – great tips, via Kristina Weis, how to avoid being unfollowed
How to make money online Tweeting with Twitter – article via Erik Emanuelli about making money via tweeting
10 Easy Steps for Twitter Beginners – another tutorial for beginning Twitter users via Aira Bongco
10 Proven Ways to Make Your Tweets More Trustworthy – it’s a study by Gregory Ciotti about increasing trustworthiness of your tweets
And here you can watch a video Tutorial, prepared by Howcast.com, How to Use Twitter
If you like this tutorial, you can follow me on Twitter – I tweet about business, management, SEO, internet and affiliate marketing and making money online.
Matt Smith says
Some great tips here for anyone starting out on Twitter. There is a lot to get to grips with and it can be daunting at first, but Twitter is essentially a great place to talk with and interact with interesting people.
Thanks for the link as well!
Thanks for commenting, Matt. I agree with you, that’s great place for interacting with another people.
Erik, thanks for the comment. BTW, I must try Tribber 🙂
Just signed up. I’ll check it in the next week. Thanks once more, Erik
I love tweeting a lot, this is a nice article and well constructed for newbies
Thanks Cyracks, welcome to my blog!
Hi Chris, Twitter is really great way to get more traffic to website and grow any business, but In order to do this first we must be a better Tweeter. A couple of weeks ago I have written an article on same topic. http://guideandnews.com/2012/02/16/how-to-become-a-better-twitter-member/
Thanks for sharing, Ehsan
I’ve always been a big fan of lists on Twitter and do use them quite a lot, certainly helps with finding those that are capable of having a conversation. Twellow and WeFollow have always been my first port of call when looking for those in the same topics as myself 😉
Hi Shamelle, I must check Twellow and WeFollow, I didn’t use it before.
I also like lists, not only on Twitter 😉
Thanks for commenting and recommendation
Trung Nguyen says
This post is very useful for newbie learn using Twitter 🙂 Thanks and keep sharing man
Hi Trung, nice to see you again!
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Thanks for your comment!
Julia McPherson says
What a great beginner’s guide to Twitter, thank you Chris. I’ll be sharing this with my audience. BTW I found you through reading John Chow’s article, with a link here. http://www.johnchow.com/my-5-proven-smart-tips-to-increase-your-blogs-earning-potentials/
I’ll be back to read more.
Hi Julia, thanks for stopping here and for your support – I really appreciate it. I’m really on John Chow’s blog 😉 ?
I’ve had twitter account since about 2 yrs ago, but I am really interested with twitter now after reading this.
Herby Fabius says
Great post, This is the twitter bible for all new twitter users thanks for sharing Erik
Yes, Herby, Chris wrote an amazing article!
Very useful indeed.
For any Twitter new use.
Joe Hart says
Twitter has become a part of daily life for many like me…This is a great introduction to the social platform..Will share it with a few friends who have been bugging me about twitter.. thanks.
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it seems to be helpful for me because i uses twitter but don’t know how to increase my followers. but i think after reading your article i can use twitter in a beneficial way.
thanks a lot for sharing this.
Twitter is a another great way to share our knowledge with others by just tweeting. It plays major role in blogging and also enhance the readership of our blog. When I started blogging I never take social media as an important part of it. But then I soon realize that some of the big blogs are only getting readers only from social media networking sites and twitter and Facebook are main in it.
However, few days ago I don’t even know how to follow someone on twitter but after some time I know the basics of it. And now you also teach me some advance features of it so, I am sure that soon I will fully insure that I am good in performing social media for twitter.
These tips will take me to next level of twitter and I am sure that after few days I am able to take full advantage of. Great post looking forward to see more from you. Erik thanks for giving us a great blog that is full of knowledge.
thanks for the post,
i have no idea of twitter, il try.
Dan Qualls says
thanks, but that doesn’t help me at all, what do the symbols mean? I try to find people I know but can’t, who do the tweets go to if I don’t assign a receiver? I can’t even find people that I follow. I do find them eventually though.
How do you tweet to other people and most importantly, how do you know they get the tweet? I’ve sent tweets but my friend (on his own twitter page) can’t see my tweets to someone else.