May 18, 2009, 10:22 AM — How (and Why) to Get Started on Twitter
Don't understand what all the Twitter fuss is about or why you might want to use this social networking tool? You're not alone, but you may be missing out on useful information and professional connections. Check out our guide on how and why to get started with Twitter.
From an upstart airline to the cable company some people love to hate, organizations big and small have reaped success in improving customer service, receiving R&D tips, and marketing their products on Twitter. Here's expert advice on how and why your business should tap into Twitter.
Twitter Tips: Etiquette, Job Hunting and More
Twitter beginners need to understand the rules of etiquette for the service. So before you stick a foot measuring 140-characters-or-less in your mouth, check out our advice on how to follow and un-follow, share politely, direct message appropriately, and more.
Twitter can enhance your personal and professional lives, helping you connect more with friends and learn more from colleagues, customers and peers. But can you tweet to both crowds without getting in trouble or offending someone? Here are some good strategies to ensure a smart balance.
From those who tweet too much to those who tweet too much information, Twitter friends can become trouble. Here are some useful tips on how to manage problem Tweeters without offending them.
If you're just using LinkedIn to job hunt, you're missing out on the power of Twitter. Here's expert advice on how to tweet your way to new contacts and opportunities.
Twitter's 140-character message format demands concise, engaging writing, and that's a skill that a lot of people just don't have. Here's advice to help you engage your followers and avoid common tweet writing blunders.
Hashtags, a shorthand system developed by Twitter users to help categorize Tweets, can save you time and keep your tweets organized. Here's a quick guide for finding and using hashtags.
Search Tips and Twitter Add-Ons for Better Organization
Once you're actively using Twitter, you may feel unable to keep up with all the messages of value. But you can learn to search them. From hashtags to smiley faces, here are our tips on how to search Twitter to get more value from it.
The handy, free TweetDeck app will help you organize personal and business Tweets, automate coordination with Facebook, and more. Here are instructions on how and why to get started with TweetDeck.
Twitter for Marketing Pros
When it comes to social media, Salesforce.com leads rivals like Oracle and SAP and its success could help your company reach customers. Case in point: Salesforce.com apps now work with social networking services like Twitter and Facebook.
Having a good dialogue with users of Twitter, the microblogging service, requires being personable and avoiding too much corporate marketing jargon.
Twitter Alternatives in the Enterprise
Socialtext, a Palo Alto company that made its mark building wikis for the enterprise, has added a social networking application for businesses and a microblogging tool akin to Twitter.
Learning from the success people have had on Twitter, the short messaging service, a public affairs firm has begun using enterprise microblogging technology from Socialtext. It mirrors the Twitter experience, but for the purposes of internal, enterprise collaboration.
Twitter on Your Mobile Device
Twitter lets you share details on whatever you're doing. But how many truly interesting activities happen in front of a PC? Thanks to these seven mobile Twitter apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, wherever your smartphone goes, Twitter can follow.
The Origins of Twitter
How Jack Dorsey figured out that short is sweet, flexibility is essential and applications should work so that people don't have to be at their computers all day long.
Watching the emergence of Twitter, a microblogging tool that allows people to post updates in 140 characters or less, business and technology leaders are beginning to think about how the Twitter could be used in their organizations.
Analysis of Twitter, the Company
An executive Twitter told Web 2.0 Summit attendees they were focused on growth and helping their users--rather than making money, despite the faltering economy.
The speculation that Google is likely in talks to acquire Twitter shouldn't be surprising. The Twitter founders already entertained offers from Facebook as well. As a result, Twitter will have a choice: sell to a company that connects people to information, or to one that connects people with people. Based on the nature of Twitter, the choice might not be so straightforward.
Twitter has gone mainstream. Who would have thought it?