There are five main steps:
- Set up an account
- Enter your profile information & photo
- Find your friends
- How to follow someone
- How to post messages
Step 1: Set up an account
Go to http://twitter.com and click the big green “Get Started – Join!” button.
On the resulting screen, enter the username you want, your desired password, your email address and complete the spam checker
About your username:
Use your whole name, nickname, name of your business or a description of your service, examples @lenawest @comcastcares @jenny55 @bizsavvymom @smallbizlady
Step 2: Enter your profile information
Your profile information is important. If you want people to want to connect to you, you’ll need to tell them a little bit about you. Try not to write anything scary or silly; or too personal. You need just to explain your expertise and/or interests. Your location can be exactly where you live, or a larger city nearby.
Log into Twitter, and click on the ‘Settings’ link at the top of your Twitter homepage.
The ‘Account’ tab of the ‘Settings’ section includes a text box that lets you input a 160-character blurb about yourself, along with a link to your website.
The ‘Picture’ tab lets you upload a picture to your profile. It is best to post a smiling picture of yourself
Step 3: Find your friends
There are a few simple ways to find people to follow on Twitter:
Search for people you know who are already using Twitter. Start by clicking the ‘Find People’ link at the top of the screen. You’ll see three tabs:
Invite from other networks will search your email address books (aol, hotmail, gmail etc.) to see if anyone has associated any of those addresses with a Twitter account.
Invite by email is a way to invite your friends to join Twitter through email.
Search tab allows you to search for new people to follow. You can mimic this function by using http://search.twitter.com.
You can search for the city where you live to find other users in your area. Enter your industry to find business peers. Enter your hobbies to find people with shared interests. The potential list is endless.
Step 4: How to follow someone
You can log in twitter from anywhere, you can use mobile or desktop applications, or you can use SMS to connect from your phone.
To follow someone
Hover over their @username, click link, read their bio & recent tweets. If they seem interesting, hit follow
Step 5: How to post messages
To post a regular message
Just type it into the box that says “What are you doing?” and hit the ‘update’ button below
To send an open message
When sending an open message to someone publicly, type “@” followed by their username, then the message. Here’s an example:
Send a Direct-message
To send a private direct message to someone, type “d” then a space and then their username. So, to send me a direct message you would type “d @smallbizlady That was a great #smallbichat on Twitter last night!”
Note: you can only send direct messages to people who you follow, and who follow you back.
How to Retweet or RT someone else’s message
If you like what someone says, and want to show your followers that message.
Copy the tweet (not username), then hit grey arrow to reply, add ‘RT’ before the @username Put one space after @username & paste original tweet. If it is too long, You can edit, but only for space. Here’s an example of a Retweet:
Quick Twitter Tips
Remember to Follow your Followers
Under your username & photo click followers to see who followed you and decide to follow back or not. When you have time its nice to send a thanks for the follow note.
Now you are ready to get started.
Welcome to Twitterville!
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Melinda Emerson is a Veteran Entrepreneur, Small Business Expert and Social Media Coach who hosts #smallbizchat on Twitter. #Smallbizchat is the trusted Twitter resource to discuss everything entrepreneurs need to know about launching and running a profitable small business. Melinda’s first book, Be Your Own Boss! How to Quit Your Job and Start Your Own Business 12 Months or Less! is scheduled to be released by Adams Media in early 2010.
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