The Twitter craze has finally made it across the Atlantic, with a reported increase of 974% in UK Twitter users over the past 12 months. Its beauty is in its simplicity, but there are a host of tips and tricks to get you super-connected with the world.
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Make your profile sing If you load your profile with pertinent keywords and interests (and a dash of humour) you’ve got more chance of being recommended to new users and are more searchable by existing users.
Make your Tweets work Not just “I’m popping down the shops for some Quavers”. Include links to interesting articles, Retweet other users (see below). In short, give people a reason to follow you.
Follow influential Twitterers That way you increase your potential audience by millions… as long as you have something interesting to say.
Retweet Essentially, take a post from someone and broadcast it to all your followers. The more you rebroadcast them, the more likely your name is to get around and be Retweeted back. Make sure you use proper Tweetiquette by adding RT@username:
Use @username If you’re holding a conversation with someone, be sure to add @username to denote this –then all their followers will see your name too.
Use hashtags Essentially, you can tag your tweets with metadata, just by prefixing # at the beginning of any important word. Just choose to follow @hashtags on Twitter, and they will follow and automatically track your important words for other hashtags users.
Pimp your content Upload urls, images, music and video to sex up your Tweets. Try Twitterific for the iPhone or Twitpic for easy image upload from PC or phones. Twiddeo will let you do the same with video, while Tweetcube will let you send files, including MP3s.
Keep up-to-date with trends Use one of the many Twitter tracking tools to keep abreast with rising trends. Twitter search (formerly summize.com) will let you know what’s making people Tweet, while Tweetmeme will track the most popular threads of discussion in real time.
Aggregate and monitor Got a blog or website with RSS feeds? Use Twitterfeed to pipe the content automatically to your Twitter profile.
Meet people in the real world There’s still something to be said for good, old-fashioned face-to-face meets. Go to “Tweetups” where people on Twitter meet in real life. Lookup Twestival and Shoreditch Twit.