Thursday, September 3, 2009

If I Taught Twitter 101

In the last couple days several universities have said they will begin offering a Twitter class for communication students. (Like at DePaul.)Is this a 3 credit course?

That got me thinking… what have I learned from Twitter that I would teach in a class of eager-to-learn students?

  • Sign-up. If you are dragging your feet, stop it.
  • Post a pic.
  • Customize your background. Don’t know how? Google it.
  • Include your website/blog/LinkedIn profile on the Web portion of your profile.
  • Make your bio short and witty.
  • Include your e-mail in the bio.
  • Consider your name a brand – market it.
  • Don’t waste your first tweets on the mundane ‘I don’t know what to say’ tweets.
  • Tweet useful/interesting things.
  • If you want your followers to grow tweet key words.
  • It’s not all about the number of followers you have, but rather their quality.
  • Be selective in who you follow, more is not always better. Follow those who you can learn from, who you find interesting.
  • Begin building relationships through replies.
  • Use hash tags to make it easier for others to find your tweets on a particular topic.
  • Join the various #chat groups. And participate.
  • Tweet interesting articles by offering a link.
  • Shorten links using or tinyurl.
  • Add your twitter name to your automatic e-mail signature, your LinkedIn profile too.
  • Glance at trending topics from time to time to know what the day’s topics of interest are, this could help you catch breaking stories.
  • Keep at it.

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