7 Easy Steps to Setting Up & Using Twitter

Posted on November 3, 2009. Filed under: Twitter | Tags: , |

Twitter is a website where you are able to update your status as frequently as you like. Your updates are restricted to 140 characters so Twitter as well as other sites that limit your updates to little bite-sized pieces of text are oftentimes called “micro-blogs”. The purpose of Twitter is to build your brand, interact with other people, share links, or simply grow your business.

1. The first thing you’ll want to do is set up a Twitter account if you haven’t already. Simply go to Twitter.com and click the green “Sign up Now” button. Enter some basic information about yourself and then create your account.

2. Next, set up your profile. Once you’re logged in, click on Settings at the top right of the page and then click on “account”. Add your name, your website address, your location, and most importantly a Bio about yourself. This bio will be one of the most crucial factors that help people decide to follow you and your updates or not. Tell people what you do and who you are. It’s confined to 160 characters so pull out your best written materials!

3. Third, click “picture” and add a profile picture preferably one of yourself. If you use the default icon that Twitter gives you this will limit the number of people who will follow you.

4. Fourth, Design your background by clicking on “Design”. If you’re just starting out, you can simply choose a default design that Twitter offers. However, you will eventually want a customized background for your business or website. There are many services online that allow you to do this free of charge.

5. Begin to make some status updates. What are you doing right now? What are you working on? Did you find an interesting link that you’d like to share? If you’re brand new to Twitter and don’t yet have many status updates (also called Tweets), or those status updates are nothing but attempting to sell something, you won’t get a lot of followers which is central to Twitter. Instead, post informative updates, interesting links, and anything else that you would like to share without having that link be self-serving.The more tweets you make at Twitter, and the more often you do so, the better the chances you have of getting more Twitter followers. Keep in mind that each tweet is limited to 140 characters so when you share a link especially, the characters in the link will be included in your 140 character limit.

6. Next, begin to get some followers for your new Twitter page. Click on “Find People” at the top right of the page then enter in a name in the search box. You can also connect to your Gmail, Yahoo or AOL email accounts and find people you may already know who are on Twitter. Additionally, if there are people whose websites you visit on a steady basis chances are they have a Twitter account. Visit their website or blog and look for a link to their Twitter account.

7. Finally, don’t be afraid to tell people you have a Twitter account. This will assist you in getting more Twitter followers.

The bottom line is with Twitter, is building trust first and then selling to those people later. No one wants to be marketed to all of the time so you ought to make your Twitter account something helpful to others first and foremost and make the helpful posts the bulk of your tweets. You can still market to your followers you just don’t want to make those the vast majority of your status updates.

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