How To Become Twitter Savvy!

How To Become Twitter Savvy!

twitter_savvyLearning Twitter can be a bit intimidating at first. The community speaks their own lingo and interacts in a way that’s completely different than Facebook or email.

You can quickly become “Twitter savvy,” so you can jump in feet first without feeling out of place. Here’s how.

Twitter Shorthand

Twitter users (aka. “tweeters”, “tweeps”, or “tweeple”) have their own language. The language is often necessitated because of Twitter’s post length limit. You only have 140 characters, after all. They’re more likely to say “PRT” than “Please retweet” for this reason.

Twitter has a very comprehensive glossary that can really help you use the site optimally.

Learn the various common words and phrases used by the Twitter community.

Twitter Hashtags #

Hashtags (#) are used primarily to identify messages on a certain topic. It’s a good thing to use when you’re inviting people into a particular conversation. You may have seen me and my team at Live Out Loud using hashtags for a multitude of reasons. For example, we use #cashmachine during my 3 Days to Cash Workshops. Someone tweeting about it would put #cashmachine at the end of their tweet. Anyone seeing that tweet could click that hashtag and see all the messages tagged with #cashmachine. This effectively creates a chat room, or message board of sorts, on the spot.

What should you post?

How often should you post? What are topics people are interested in hearing about? There are a lot of questions and discussions on the topic.

The best way to find out for yourself is to start following people in your industry. These could be competitors, customers or industry news channels. Basically, follow anyone that has a strong voice in your market. Then, observe.

This way you’ll start to get a real sense of what your market is like and what conventions are being used. You’ll get a sense for how often others post and what topics people tend to respond to.

Following, Being Followed, Posting Messages

The best way to learn your way around Twitter is to just use it a lot. Before you start using Twitter on your business account, use a personal account. It’s a good idea to keep them separate if you plan on being more personal with friends and family, anyway.  But go ahead and start following your friends and ask your friends to follow you. Post tweets and watch your friends respond. Respond to your friends’ tweets.

Just get used to how the whole system works. Once you’ve learned how to create topics with hashtags, you’ve learned the various common words and phrases, you’ve learned how to follow, be followed and post messages, and you’ve basically become comfortable being conversational on Twitter, you’re ready to jump in on your own. Start using it often.

Learning Twitter isn’t hard, it just takes a bit of basic understanding and a lot of regular use. It won’t take long for you to become Twitter savvy.

  • Rick Cooper
    Posted at 14:31h, 06 May Reply

    I love Twitter. It takes awhile to get used to writing in under 140 characters. I post quotes, share blog posts and of course, interact with other people. Remember that social media is social. Be sure to check your Mentions to see if anyone is tweeting to you. And reply back.

    • Deb Augur
      Posted at 15:24h, 06 May Reply

      I love Twitter, too! I also get involved in blog challenges on Twitter, which is a great way to build relationships with others. At first it can seem difficult to break into the mix, but joining a #tag group, challenge or tweetchat makes it much easier and a lot more fun!

    • Andrew J. Gay
      Posted at 16:02h, 06 May Reply

      It’s definitely like learning an entire new language that’s for sure. I bet court reporters would be great at using twitter. They are used to writing in shorthand… though we probably wouldn’t understand it.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 16:04h, 06 May Reply

      Twitter is a great way to learn to be concise. Brevity breeds clarity.

      Nice reminder about checking @ replies. TY, Rick.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:51h, 06 May Reply

    Twitter is a great way to communicate with people that you wouldn’t have otherwise connected with! I’ve been able to connect with my favorite organizations, speakers and celebrities on Twitter, and have gotten retweets and @replies from many people that I wouldn’t have ever been able to connect with otherwise.
    I personally do use two twitter accounts. One for my personal life, which is where I connect with my favorite charities, celebrities and friends, and one for my blog, which is where I connect with other people in the same blogosphere as myself as well as some of my readers.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 16:00h, 06 May Reply

      Love that, Jess. Thanks for adding to the conversation. Good advice to have separate accounts, each for a definite purpose.

  • Rebekah
    Posted at 16:08h, 06 May Reply

    Thanks Loral! I am not twitter savvy at all, this helped tremendously

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:12h, 06 May Reply

    Well gee, there you go shaking me out of my comfort zone again! I do not yet Twitter, but now that you’ve broken it down a bit, perhaps I will jump in! Thanks for the handy info-

  • Mark Garratt
    Posted at 16:28h, 06 May Reply

    Being a “New Bird” in Tweet Land, I find that it is nice to have an opinion but it is also a Jungle out there. A few high profile sports celebs have lost large endorsements by letting there thoughts be known concerning politics, racial opinion, the past weeks.

    It’s good advice to understand this media on a personal basis before it is ramped up to business level.

  • Jacobroig
    Posted at 17:18h, 06 May Reply

    Loral, this is a very valuable message and information for those seeking an understanding of the value in using Twitter as a sales and marketing tool. My personal experience is limited but some of my business coaching clients use this and Facebook exclusively and make allot of money doing it!

  • Valerie
    Posted at 23:34h, 06 May Reply

    Learning something new everyday is my goal….. I think I’ve hit my months quota.
    Thank you for helping me to join the 21st century.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:44h, 07 May Reply

    I enjoy using twitter and have learned the power of hashtags. It was fun to participate at a live event when all I did was tweet with the hashtag when they were showing their audience the Twitter screen. Bang…there I was and I wasn’t even in the room. My friends called to ask where I was and how I did that. Have fun with it everyone

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