Top Ways to Use Twitter Effectively for Social Networking



Twitter is a great tool for getting yourself established as an expert in your field of business or simply networking with a group of other Twitter users that share similar interests to yours. If you are just getting started with Twitter there are a few things you should know that will help you get started off in the right direction.

A Few Things to Consider Before You Set Up a Twitter Account

Before you go about setting up a Twitter account you should determine the purposes for which you will be using Twitter for social networking. The username and profile that you set up will be your identity to other Twitter users and your followers.

  • Choosing a Handle: The user name or “handle” that you choose should tell other Twitter users what you are about. For example, if you have an online business, your user name should reflect your field of expertise. When others see your user name listed on Twitter they will know what your field of business is about.

  • Account Name: Your account name should be different than your username and provide an accurate description of what others can expect in your profile. For example, if you are using Twitter to socialize, your account name should reflect your interests. If you are using Twitter for business, the account name should reflect your field of business.

  • Profile: If you are a business professional or using Twitter to socialize with your friends make sure your profile is complete and adequately describes your interests. For example, if you own a business, people expect to see information in your profile that relates to your business.

Once You Have Your Account Established:

Once you have established an account with Twitter, here are a few tips to help you start networking effectively with the Twitter community.

  • Write Quality Tweets: Rather than tell everyone what you had for lunch that day, write quality tweets that offer information that is useful and helpful to others. If your information offers something of value, people will follow you and begin to trust you. If you are in business, you can also add keywords to your tweets so the information is found by the search engines

  • Take an Interest in Others: Take an interest in what others have to offer and if the information is resourceful and useful “retweet” the information to others. On Twitter, a “retweet” is the highest compliment you can receive from another Twitter user.

  • Choose Who You Follow Wisely: Make sure you review the profile of others before you decide to follow them. This is especially important if you are a business professional. If the people you follow are not respected in the Twitter community you can guarantee that you will not be either.

  • Share High Quality Resources: If you find high quality resources related to your interests and your follower’s interests, share the information with other Twitter users. If you become known for finding quality resources, people will start seeing you as the “go to” person in your field.

  • Be a Good Listener: Listen to others and then add value to the conversation by offering useful information. When others ask questions related to a problem, help provide a solution to the problem.

There are many interesting and useful ways to use Twitter. The tips that are described here are basic tips to help you get started. Once you begin using Twitter you will find many other valuable ways to interact within the Twitter community.



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