in 15 minutes in 15 minutes Learn the basics about Twitter in 15 minutes! What is Twitter? in 15 minutes 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. in Basic Terms 15 minutes 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 updates 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) http://search.twitter.com Tweetup A face-to-face gathering of those who tweet Your Twitter ID in 15 minutes 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 (http://usernamez.com/) EXAMPLE:@skydiver, @savvyauntie, @nancyloo Start the conversation in 15 minutes 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 in 15 minutes Find people to follow http://www.twellow.com http://wefollow.com http://mrtweet.com http://justtweetit.com 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 in 15 minutes 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 http://search.twitter.com When you comment on blog posts, include your Twitter ID Add your Twitter ID to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts Resources in 15 minutes Conserve Space: Shorten your URLs http://bit.ly http://tiny.url http://www.tiny.cc Applications http://www.tweetdeck.com http://www.twhirl.com http://twitter.com/downloads Resources http://mashable.com/category/twitter-lists/ http://www.twitip.com in 15 minutes Remember: there are no rules!