Twitter 101: Clarifying The Rules For Newbies

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There are a ton of Twitter guides around the web that tell you what you should do on Twitter, but rarely explain how you should do it. When joining Twitter, it make take a while for you to understand what it means and how you can use it. Don’t worry, that’s expected and we’ve all been through it. Here are a few rules to keep in mind on your journey to understanding Twitter. Good luck.

The rules for getting started on Twitter need to be clarified. Twitter tips floating around the web hold tons of suggestions, but they only scratch the surface.  Three common Twitter tips that fall under this category are:

  • Tweet a lot
  • Follow people
  • Reply to people

How To Tweet

As a new Twitter user, you’re probably wondering what you should tweet about. Some people start out by going on a tweeting spree and sending updates about everything that comes to mind. Unless you have a reason to tweet a lot, don’t!

If you feel the urge to share a ton of information, mix up your tweets with replies, new information and links to articles that made you think, laugh or inspired you. Share information on a topic that you know someone has been looking for information on. Share your own expertise where you can. Just don’t do it all at the same time.

There’s no magic number that you should or shouldn’t hit, but if you’re sending more tweets a day then you have followers, you might want to rethink your tweeting strategy.

How to Follow Others on Twitter

Following people on Twitter is important to do because it gets you involved and makes Twitter more useful and fun. However, this is the worst advice to give anyone that’s new Twitter without any type of clarification on how to do this.

Clarifcation: It’s important that you don’t follow a ton of people at once. When you first start using Twitter, you should be selective about who you’re following. Find people that are tweeting interesting things that you would love to talk about as well. Have a question? Use Twitter search for find people who are discussing the answers. Curious about a new topic? Find five folks on Twitter to follow and learn more about that topic.

The point is to not just follow anyone, but people that can you can create meaningful engagements with. Talk about your interest or something new that you discovered today. Give others time to get to know you through your questions and replies. This way, people can get a better feel for how beneficial it would be for them to follow you.

Ease your way into following a lot of people. You have plenty of time to do it.

How to Reply to Others on Twitter

Please don’t reply to everything and everyone when you first join Twitter. Trust me, it’s not a good look. This isn’t instant messaging, though it feels a lot like it. Your replies should be spaced out unless you’re participating in a discussion. Take a break. Go outside and enjoy people in real life, then come back to Twitter and engage some more.

Tweets do not require an immediate response.

Finding Your Balance

Just remember to relax, take your time, be yourself and have fun. When you’re being you on Twitter, you’re contributing to what’s so makes it so special. Twitter might feel random at first, but if you keep using it you’ll discover a beautiful thread of serendipity that runs through Twitter. You find yourself talking about interesting topics and connecting with even more interesting people in just 140 characters.

So, remember that you become apart of Twitter by simply joining the conversations that matter to you.

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