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The Big Decision For Your Twitter

August 23rd, 2009 · Twitter

By Atheer Fendi

It is probably time now to make a big decision as it will affect the way in which
you use Twitter considerably. That decision relates to quality versus quantity.
If you are into marketing, then quantity of followers will be important to you.
It’s like building a list. But if you want to keep things personal, then quality of
followers will be what you need. Either way, the next post will be to find some
people to follow.

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Retweeting

August 17th, 2009 · Twitter

By Atheer Fendi

People appreciate retweets and it is a good way to get noticed by others. All
you do is put RT in front of the @username. Using Tweetdeck, hover over the
user’s avatar and it will put the whole thing in the posting area. Separate their
tweet from your comment if you have one. I usually put two pipes, which is
holding down the Shift key on the \ character. This will produce “||” which
clearly shows the end of the other person’s tweet and your reply or comment.
If other people retweet your tweets, make it a habit to thank them. It’s
common courtesy. Simply tweet @username Thanks for RT 🙂 and send.

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Twitter Replies

August 11th, 2009 · Twitter

By Atheer Fendi

You can reply to someone’s Tweet simply by putting the @symbol in front of
their name. This makes the tweet stand out to them as it appears in their
reply column or page instead of in the general Tweetstream. It is a very useful
way of starting conversations with people in order to build relationships.
Simply comment on one of their tweets. Tweetdeck has a feature when you
hover over the user’s avatar to put their name and reply symbol straight into
the posting area.

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Your Tweets

August 10th, 2009 · Twitter

By Atheer Fendi

Start getting some tweets into the system now. On the Twitter home page, it
asks What You Are Doing. Quite frankly many people don’t care until you
have built a relationship with them as a result of following. But there are
some good ways to get started. Follow some blogs that you are interested in
via an RSS feed to a feed reader such as Google. (Search these on Google if
you are not familiar with the terms. There is heaps of information on there and
could occupy an ebook of its own.) Start by posting links to interesting posts
on Twitter about them with a link to the blog post. For example: “Interesting
post on pest control in tomatos. Link”. Make sure you always include http:// in
the link and not just www so the link is clickable in the Tweetstream. If it’s a
long link, Tweetdeck has a facility to shorten it to a small url.

Another good way of starting out tweeting is with quotes. Do a search for
some quotes of interest and tweet these. Personal development ones are
great and also quotes by famous people. Here’s one I just found in the
Tweetstream as an example: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle. There are thousands of these all
over the internet that you can use.

Whatever you do, at no stage of your Twitter career start posting sales tweet
after sales tweet. Your career will be short-lived if you do and people will
remove you very quickly. Twitter is about engagement, value and a social
experience. A constant flow of sales links is just not on. By all means post
links to your products or sites, but keep them to around 5% of your total
tweets at the most.

Another good idea with your tweeting is to keep religion and politics out of
them. These subjects can only alienate followers and you can lose them.

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Twitter Client Applications

August 7th, 2009 · Twitter

By Atheer Fendi

The biggest problem with the standard Twitter web application is that you
have to keep an eagle eye on your replies and Direct Messages as you only
see the main Tweetstream on the screen. It is also limited in that it only
displays about the last 20 tweets, so if you want to see older ones, you have
to keep going back pages. So what to do?

Easy, download Tweetdeck from http://www.tweetdeck.com The first thing
you will probably notice is that you will need to change the settings as the
default is white text on a black screen. Makes it hard to read I’ve found, but
each to their own.

Tweetdeck is brilliant in that it displays the Tweetstream, your replies and your
direct messages all on the one screen. The message columns allow for 500
tweets as a default, so scrolling down allows you to go back a fair way or
search for tweets you may want to refer back to.

The screen has a continuous right hand scroll, so you can set up different
groups and their tweets will appear in that column. You might have a group
called best friends and another for gardeners for instance. That way you
don’t miss important tweets from people who are more important to you than
others. At the time of writing, Tweetdeck is probably the most widely used
application for Twitter and I would highly recommend it to you.

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