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If you’re still not on Twitter you don’t know what you’re missing.
I joined it 2 months ago and am still busy with discovering its secrets. It takes a while to get used to this fast-paced global platform of communication.
You’re welcomed to join me by a) creating an account, b) visiting http://www.twitter.com/technicalwriter and then c) clicking the “Follow” button under my picture.
1) Make sure you have a great customized background for yourself, introducing who you are, what you do, how to get in touch with you, etc. Check out my account for an example of that. If you’d like to learn how to do that, you’re welcomed to read the informative article I wrote describing how to design and post such a customized background: http://tinyurl.com/dabdw5
Also here is another article on how to market yourself as a writer on the Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/deu5j3
2) Twit (yes, a new verb!) on a daily basis by posting things that would be of interest NOT to you, but to THEM. Don’t forget, Twitter is all about establishing a CONVERSATION while HELPING OTHERS. If people find helpful and positive comments from you on a daily basis, your list of followers will grow quickly.
3) Don’t forget the “2,000 followers” threshold. You need to have 2,000 followers before you can follow more than 2,000 others. This becomes significant as you keep adding new followers since you start the cycle by always sending out “I follow you” messages first.
4) Who twits? Well, let’s say A LOT of people… Dalai Lama opened a Twitter account just 2 days ago and at this writing he already had over 10,000 followers! (Post Script: some “Twit pundits” claim the site was a hoax.) Some people have 30 or 40 THOUSAND followers. Imagine writing a personal or commercial message and having it read instantly by that many people?! Also consider that you can include all kinds of LINKS in your messages… Do you now understand the power of Twitter? Oh, did I mention that it’s (so far) free too?
5) Sign up with Socialtoo.com service since they send you a daily list of those who “follow” and “unfollow” you. You should unfollow those who unfollow you since they would be taking the space of others who’d like to follow you. Remember: once you reach the 2,000 “following” mark, Twitter stops you and will not allow you to follow others until you have 2,000 others following YOU. So that’s why it is important to weed away those on your list who have unfollowed you. And the only way to keep track of that is by registering with Socialtoo service (it’s free).
There’s a lot more to Twitting. Once you sign up and start following the others, you’ll have plenty postings to learn from.
See you on Twitter!