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Twitter Tips and Tricks for Successful Networking

…are you being left behind on Twitter?  I would say that Twitter is the new black.  It seems that EVERYONE is on Twitter (even God).  You can use these basic tips for catching up if you’re just getting on board.  But first here is a description for what Twitter is: the premise for this social networking site is to answer, “What are you doing?”  At any moment.  At anytime.  With any idea that pops into your head.  The fun part about answering the question is that you only have 140 characters to do it.  Think Facebook status updates, but on the go and a little more fun.  Twitter can be used for fun with friends, you can network with other like minded PRofessionals, take on an alter-ego or just bitch because people hear.  

The magical part of Twitter is the Tweet-ups (flashmob like events where tweeple [people + twitter] decide to meet up so they can finally see what @sexystud4u really is like in person).  Tweet-ups are great, free opportunities for networking with your peers and seniors.  I like to think that I’ve made great connections and friends at the Tweet-ups I’ve attended.  

You can use Twitter on the web, AIM, GTalk, Jabber, by phone (the number is 40404) or downloadable applications.  I love to use Twitteriffic for my iPhone and it lets me stay up to date on the Tweeple whose updates aren’t pushed to my phone by SMS (don’t ask me what that stands for… maybe in another post).

So if you’re not using the web, here are some commands you can use from your phone or instant messanger:

  1. get– this command gets all your friends’ recent updates.
  2. on or off– it turns on or off (get it) updates so you don’t have to wake up when all your social media friends start fighting over what Twitter’s new business model should be at 1 am.  Trust me… It will happen.
  3. leave– when you’ve had enough of what @billy_bob is saying about President-elect Obama, you can completely unfriend him by sending leave + username (for example leave billy_bob)

The real meat of conversatin’ on Twitter comes with these commands:

  1. @username– you “@” someone to get their attention.  it’s like saying, “hey!”  Everyone who follows you will see this message so it’s not for private messages.
  2. D Username– if you want to tell someone how much you love them or if you want to talk about the prick who won’t shut up about all his wonderful new media ideas and how his new blog post just popped up on the front page of Digg then you can send a direct message by putting the letter “D” in front of someone’s username (example: d username can you believe this guy? what a nerd, bet he still lives with his mommy).

Now go out and tweet (the verb form of twitter or a noun describing the message one sends) your heart out.

@zh3n has a great blog on the differenct applications, etc for Twitter.  Check her out here
And you know.  And knowing is half the battle.

 

ZM

@zakmo

P.S. Leave you tips and tricks for Twitter in the comments.

Talkback over on Can We Talk?

Check out an interview I did over at Can We Talk? by Jennifer Schooley. It’s a new interview series where Jenn hopes to have guests in all stages of their PR career: students, recent grads, and full-fledged professionals.

Make sure to leave comments.

ZM