Twitter for Dummies

: The Next Web / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

: The Next Web / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

At the beginning of February I set out to complete seven tweets in one week.  Sounds difficult, right?  For those of you who are like me and don’t Twitter or have had no interest in Twitter in the past, the answer is yes, Twitter can be difficult.

So what do you do if you wake up one day and realize that Twitter is where the communications world is going and that having a presence on Twitter might be beneficial to getting a job or being a communications professional?  If you aren’t in the position to take a course in strategic message design, look online and you will find how-to’s on creating a Twitter account that can be used for a variety of reasons, as well as guides to building your followers.

On Mashable I found the post, “Twitter Guide Book-How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable,” written by Pete Cashmore, a blogger on the topic of social media.  In this post Cashmore created 30 links to different ways twitter can be used, including several for professional minded individuals.

SIX LINKS FOR PUTTING TWITTER TO WORK

  1. Find a job using Twitter
  2. Twitter tips for executives
  3. Twitter best practices for brands
  4. 40 of the best big brands on Twitter
  5. Using Twitter for customer service
  6. The media maker’s guide to Twitter

But wait, there is more to it than just writing the right stuff on Twitter, and being connected to the right networks, you must have followers too.  Although Cashmore does provide links on how to get more followers, I found an article in ADDICTED 2 Success, written by an article poster that goes by Joel, that makes gaining followers an easy process: “ 11 Ways To Get More Twitter Followers.”

Now that we have examined what is necessary to make Twitter work for our professional lives, aren’t we relieved that it as easy as following every step and repeating three times a week, if not daily?  If you’re like me, your answer is no, but don’t be discouraged, it will get easier the more you do it.

Good luck!

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