The most post popular posts relating to Me and My Web Shadow has long been “Some Beginner’s Guides to Twitter“.
This post from Beth Kanter is nice addition to those introductory guides, sharing some exercises from a Colorado non-profit‘s team Twitter learning sessions.
If you’re learning to use Twitter have a go at some of these, on your own or with a friend or team (take a look at Beth’s post and the comments for more ideas):
Find a new hashtag and use it successfully
Tweet a photo you took with your phone
Follow 5 new people that interest you
Schedule a tweet using HootSuite, Tweetdeck, or another service
Find and sign up for a link that will track your clicks
Search for a topic or hashtag you are interested in
Create a Twitter lists
Reply to someone’s tweet and get them to respond to you
Use a social media tool to determine your most effective time of the day to tweet
Gain 10 new followers by following less than 10 people
Use #FF to list a few people you enjoy following
Another useful approach if you have a large team or workshop session is to get people to share how they use Twitter, the moments when it has saved them time, brought them news first, thrown up an unexpected opportunity.
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The links below are all very useful, but I would also recommend the Mashable Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.
Originally posted on my personal blog, Open….
At the Brighton Digital Festival talk on online reputation for artists I did the other evening, I was asked to post some beginners’ guides to Twitter (thanks to Helen Wilshaw for the reminder).
Naturally there is a pretty good one in Me and My Web Shadow, but there’s no shortage of free good advice out there online…
Here are a few I like the look of:
And, showing far Twitter use has spread, the DeBrett’s social networking etiquette guide has a nice way of putting things (via Harry Wallop in The Telegraph:
Do not overload the Facebook home page feed with countless status updates. Be sure that your posts are written to enlighten others, and not used as an exercise in vanity.
Twitter image (cc) Svartling