First 3 things to do when you join Twitter


If you tied me down and threatened to throw a jar of earwigs over me if I didn’t name the first three things a new Twitter user should do … I’d name the following:

1. Don’t be an egghead

Upload a profile image and background design to your new Twitter account. Please! Take advantage of the profile fields and share a biography and URL. This reassures other tweeters when they can find out more about you, and can help boost your Twitter following.

Don't be an egghead on Twitter
Don’t be an egghead on Twitter

If you’re an individual user, don’t be shy: share a head and shoulders photo. This helps especially when you use Twitter for networking and building your personal profile. If you’re a business, you might use your logo or a photo that captures your most popular product, or a location you’re known for and so on. But ideally, pictures of people work well. Twitter is a people-focused space.

 2. Follow at least 50 others

Why 50? Why not? It’s as good a benchmark as any. If you follow just 12 people on Twitter, your feed is likely to be coloured by whoever has the most to say. If your 12 connections aren’t prolific tweeters, it can be quite dull. Sure, follow 30 or 40, but why not work a little more, seek and find 50 Twitter accounts  that appear interesting to you, then sit back and enjoy the flavours.

3. Have a conversation

Many of us begin using Twitter quietly: we sit back and read. That’s fine for a while. It can be difficult thinking of something to tweet, and you may even feel stage fright. But you haven’t unlocked the power of Twitter until you’ve started having conversations. Don’t be afraid to tweet other people, to initiate a chat, to interrupt others and offer your point of view (all very politely of course).

 What would your top 3 tips be?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Michelle. I think a little twitter etiquette is really important, but it’s hard to give firm rules because different people use twitter so differently!
    For example, I unfollow people who thank others for every retweet, but it seems accepted in some circles.
    Maybe it’s worth remembering that everything you tweet can be seen by all your followers – so if you’re tweeting a lot of things that wouldn’t be of interest to most of your followers, use a private message.

    1. Prakky says:

      Thanks for reading Myriam and for your comments – wise words.

  2. lordfolland says:

    I have been working on a blog post/training session for teachers about twitter when you posted this. I will mention this article as well as your 10 reasons to join twitter in my post.

    1. Prakky says:

      Thanks for the mention and link in hour blog,it was a good read!

  3. Is it bad if you don’t tweet every single day? Some people say you should be on there for at least twenty minutes every day, regardless… That’s not me.

    1. Prakky says:

      Good question Daphne. It’s probably more important that you respond to any @reply tweets promptly. Otherwise, you don’t have to tweet every day, and certainly not for an amorphous time limit such as 20 minutes. If you want to wring everything you can from Twitter, you might want to visit daily, but it’s all about your goals there and it’s quite find to check in now and then to see what people are saying now. Don’t think you have to go back and catch up on everything you’ve missed.

      1. Oh good. Thank you very much. I usually tweet, don’t go on for a day or two, then log back into twitter. Every day social media wears me out… plus people in my house threaten to kidnap my computer. 😉

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