I use Twitter a lot. Perhaps too much. I, like many others, have learned the hard way about hashtags, avatars, profiles, “tweetiquette” (or ‘twettiquette’), URL shorteners, keeping it real, keeping it professional, keeping it polite (well, I do), etc. Someone coming to Twitter now, all fresh and eager to get stuck in, might find it hard to find their own voice in the noise that the rest of us are making.
This infographic is a good start – share this around the office and the rest of your network (real-space or virtual) and help them get accustomed to the world of Twitter without falling in to the bad habits the rest of us have found:
Handy hints like those below could help newbies find their feet quickly and start to benefit from the Twitter conversations that the rest of us are already enjoying:
- Include your website/blog link in your profile
- Think ‘networking event’, it’s OK to greet people, but auto-DMs are not the way
- It doesn’t have to be perfect, it does have to be you
- Engage with people outside of your normal friends circle
- As hard as it might be resist the number-of-followers-game, don’t worry about the numbers: If you tweet good content, they will come
- Good mix: check your ‘profile’ tab often. Would you follow you?
- Balance tweets, reply’s, retweets – too much of a good thing is still too much
Above all, share and share alike - attribute work to the original author (they’ll do the same for you and your content, links, etc.) and help others. After all, we were once all new at this, yes?