Twitter is taking the world by storm in social media. I’m not “new” to Twitter but I keep learning. I keep asking — what can I do wrong in 140 characters? The technology is easy…it’s the social interaction that can be challenging!
Today I listened to a webinar on Social Networking that made a couple key points on using Twitter effectively. Twitter is like walking into a huge party. You can lurk and listen until you get the hang of it.
Just follow a few people around. Talk about something of interest and people will notice you. Ask people good questions and they’ll respond. Talk about yourself too much or try to sell something and they’ll run for the door. Would you list your favorite quotes at a party? Don’t think so! If you don’t answer when someone talks to you, they will think you are rude. Tell a great story that you heard from a friend and don’t give your friend credit and you won’t be friends for long.
It is all pretty easy. Here are a few good training pieces that my husband @peterliu47 pulled together.
- Great FREE e-book for Real Estate Professionals
- For those who like business stories
- Or if you prefer a classroom setting…
Here is my quick cheatsheet:
Tweet like some one asked you “What are you doing? or How are you?”:
- Walking on the beach and enjoying sunset
To reply to someone publicly:
- @AlohaKathy Wish I were walking on the beach too!
To “Direct Message” (“DM” or reply privately to) someone:
- D @AlohaKathy Wish I were walking on the beach too!
To “retweet” (to give your “tweeps” the benefit of seeing something someone else tweeted):
- RT @peterliu47 Real Estate: A look at the virtual and human sides http://bit.ly/kxx6U
You can use one of many “link shortening” sites to help you insert manageable URLs in your tweets (140 characters, remember). BudURL actually tracks hits so that is cool.
Some of my favorite Twitter tools:
- TweetDeck is a great desktop app that allows you to see tweets, replies and DMs (and now Facebook with the new beta) all in the same UI. MUCH better than using the website itself. It also allow you to pick your preferred URL shortening tool.
- If you are like me and stream your twitter thoughts but would like to stretch them out a bit… try TweetLater. I find it is great at distributing business info (like great deals) but not all in one swoop!
Follow me at @AlohaKathy.