Twitter in 15 minutes

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             Learn the basics about
             Twitter in 15 minutes!
                         What is Twitter?
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       Twitter is a service for people to communicate and
       stay connected through the exchange of quick,
       frequent messages. These messages are posted to
       your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and
       are searchable on Twitter search.

       Twitter lets users engage in conversations with other
       users in 140 characters or less.
                       Basic Terms
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   Tweet           Posting a message to Twitter
   @ + name        The command which allows tweets to be
                   sent; proceeds username (i.e. @journchat)
  Following        You choose to receive someone's updates
  Followers        People who choose to receive your updates
  Direct Message   Private message sent between two people
  Block            Preventing someone from reading your
  Favorites        A public area to save your favorite tweets
  Fail Whale       When too many people are tweeting!
  Hashtag          The # next to a word allows for conversation
                   tracking (#tweetup)
  Tweetup          A face-to-face gathering of those who tweet
                          Your Twitter ID
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     Your User ID = 15 characters
     ‡Make your ID easy to remember
     ‡Preferably your name, brand or something you want
     associated with YOU
     ‡You ve only got 140 characters, use them wisely
     ‡Check the availability of your username across multiple
     platforms (

             EXAMPLE:@skydiver, @savvyauntie, @nancyloo
                     Start the conversation
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   1. Who are you?
      Connector:          knows a lot of people
      Maven:              trusted expert who seeks to pass
                          knowledge along
      Salesman:           charismatic people with powerful
                          negotiation skills

   2. Who do you want to communicate with?
      Clients, like-minded people, friends, etc.

   3. What are you looking to gain?
      Increased brand visibility, build a large network, etc.
                           Follow first
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      ‡ Find people to follow
      ‡ Say hello
      ‡ Read the bio of those who follow you
      ‡ Decide who you want to follow back
      ‡ Share your knowledge
      ‡ Promote others and interact
      ‡ Ask questions
                         Tips for engaging
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   ‡ Add your Twitter ID to your email signature, website
     and resume
   ‡ Download a Twitter application for your Blackberry
     or iPhone
   ‡ Send an email to friends, family and co-workers with your Twitter
     ID and see if they are on Twitter
   ‡ Embed a Twitter widget on your blog or website
   ‡ Start a hashtag
   ‡ Join a hashtag
   ‡ Put together RSS feeds for your favorite topics on Twitter
   ‡ When you comment on blog posts, include your Twitter ID
   ‡ Add your Twitter ID to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts
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   ‡ Conserve Space: Shorten your URLs
      ‡ http://tiny.url
   ‡ Applications
   ‡ Resources
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     Remember: there are no rules!

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