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Twitter Facts Everyone Should Know

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on May 1, 2011

In honor of the start of the 2011 WordCount Blogathon, I thought I would mention five things you might not know about Twitter.

1)There may seem to be no connection between blogging and Twitter, but they go hand in hand.  Readers of your blog look for a Twitter account to follow you and people who see your Tweets follow them to your blog.

2)Don’t make your readers hunt for your Twitter id so they can follow you.  Make sure you post one of the blue buttons linked to your Twitter id in the upper right hand portion of your sidebar or header.  That is where people expect to see it.  If you don’t know how to post such a button, ask for help.

3)If you establish a Twitter account but never send from it, no one can find you in a search.  Twitter searches messages, so no message, no find.

4)If someone follows your Twitter account, it is generally polite to follow them.  Exceptions are spammers and people you just cannot abide.  Twitter has a ratio of followers to followed that it forces.  If you follow way more people than follow you, things lock up.  Add people slowly to allow things to adjust, or you may have problems.

5)Tempted to lock your tweets?  Please don’t.  Remember, Twitter is a social media.  You want things said there repeated as widely as possible.  Locking your tweets marks you as an amateur.  Besides, unless you are only sending information to yourself, there is nothing to stop a recipient of a locked tweet from sending it to God and Country.  Remember that and only send things you won’t mind both knowing.

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Jennifer Woodard May 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

Stephanie,

Thanks for the great tips. I must admit that twitter is a social site that I do not use as much as I probably should.

Good luck at blogathon.

Jennifer
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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

I have trouble using facebook. There are so many places now that it is almost impossible to cover them all. Pick one or two and do a good job of covering them rather than a tepid job of covering all of them.

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Lisa Carter May 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

I found point 4 particularly interesting, Stephanie… I had been wondering about Twitter etiquette.

I’m new to the Twittersphere and whenever anyone follows me, I followed them back, so it’s good to know I’m “doing the right thing.”

Also very interesting about the ratio Twitter has of followers to followed — I had no idea but will now pay attention.

So thanks for the tips!

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

I was lucky that a friend of mine explained the sometimes arcane etiquette to me. I am by no means an expert, just a little more advanced beginner.

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Kate from Teaching What Is Good May 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Wow, GREAT thoughts!! Thanks, I am NOT a Twitter guru – more like Twitterly Challenged so these were very helpful! (Blogathon participant)
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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

The only stupid question is the one that is unasked. Keep asking and you will figure it out.

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Marvin May 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for the twit tips, Stephanie. I will definitely be using Twitter this month and hereafter.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Yes, it has become mandatory, quirks and all.

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Annette Gendler May 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for these tips! Have to spend some time now figuring out how to get the Twitter button to show up on Blogger.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 2, 2011 at 6:49 am

I can help with that. My Mom uses blogger and I do her buttons and stuff.

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Annette Gendler May 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thanks for offering, I actually figured it out last night. Wasn’t difficult at all!

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Melissa Oakes May 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Great post, Stephanie.
Twitter can be so confusing. I especially have had trouble understanding the social rules. Following back is important. I need to get more active on there.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 2, 2011 at 6:49 am

It can be frustrating to learn, but having a mentor helps. Sort of like figuring which fork to use at a fancy dinner by watching the hostess.

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Georgia May 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi Stephanie,
Thank you for posting this. I haven’t started using Twitter yet and until recently I really didn’t understand why I would want to use it. Social media generally doesn’t intimidate me, but Twitter does. I feel overwhelmed with all the tweets and info on there. I find that I prefer to use RSS feeds instead of Twitter because my brain can handle it better. Kudos to you for including both RSS and Twitter links and making them so easy to find on your blog!

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Adam May 3, 2011 at 3:46 am

Hello Stephanie,
Great post!! Thank you for these tips, Twitter has always suffered an image problem and is not usually taken very seriously by the general public.
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