Who Needs a Guide to Use Twitter?

Twitter logoSomewhere on Twitter today I noticed that someone asked why, for something as simple to use as Twitter, there were so many guides.

I don’t know how many guides to Twitter there are, but with a bit of googling around today I’ve found several. And my guess is that while the basic process of using Twitter is simple enough, making sense of why you might use it and to what purpose might well warrant a guide – or several.

As Rafe Needleman, a keen tweeter, wrote back in March last year in his Newbie’s Guide to Twitter,

Twitter is an interesting and practical real-time messaging system for groups and friends. It’s just not completely obvious how to get into the “club”. (Emphasis added)

Nor is it completely obvious how Twitter might have any relevance for the broader world of business.

So the answer to the question “who needs a guide to use Twitter?” would be something like “anyone who wants to use Twitter as more than a mere entertainment and sees some potential for Twitter to help them promote themselves and/or their business”.

One of the most interesting items I found in my online search for guides was Christina Laun’s The Twitter Toolset: 50+ Guides, Hacks, and Scripts. The toolset includes six guides, including Caroline Middlebrook’s Big Juicy Twitter Guide.

The Big Juicy Twitter Guide is written very much from the point of view of how it can help your business. It has seven sections, and – like Christina Laun’s guide – has links to a range of Twitter related tools. The sections are:

  • What is Twitter?
  • Socialising With Twitter
  • Using Twitter Properly
  • Twitter Tools | Platform-Specific
  • Twitter Tools | Web Applications
  • Hacking Twitter
  • Multiply Your Twitter Audience

And last but not least, as I was working on this post, my colleague Bill Vick sent me a link to another excellent post about using Twitter, on the Doshdosh site, 17 Ways You Can Use Twitter: A Guide for Beginners, Marketers and Business Owners. It’s quite detailed and thought-provoking. I’d like to study it more closely and comment on it at another time.

In the meantime, reading all these guides and tips makes me I feel I have only just scratched the surface of how Twitter can help my professional development and my business.

Basically, from having been a Twitter sceptic, I am now quite fascinated with its possibilities and keen to hear what use other people are making of it. If you are a twitterer (or tweeter, if you prefer) I hope you will share some of your experience and tips for the benefit of the rest of us.

One tip I have picked up and which is easy to implement straight away is to make my Twitter link – and the RSS link to my “tweets” – better known. I don’t guarantee to follow everyone who follows me, but generally I’m open to following people whose Twitter profile and the kind of things they tweet about suggest we have some common interests, etc etc (for an explanation of the “etc, etc” read some of the guides referenced in this post).

My Twitter link is http://www.twitter.com/deswalsh

My Twitter RSS Feed: Subscribe to Twitter / deswalsh

Des Walsh

Business coach and digital entrepreneur. With coach training from Coachville.com and its Graduate School of Coaching, and a founding member of the International Association of Coaching, Des has been coaching business owners and entrepreneurs for the past 20 years. Over the same period he has also been actively engaged in promoting the business opportunities of the digital economy. He is a certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) coach, and a certified specialist in social media strategy and affiliate marketing.

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  1. Des, this post came at a perfect time. Those have been the exact questions I have been asking myself in the last few days. I am looking forward to reading and learning more about joining the “twitter” club.

  2. Des,

    I believe you requested we share our experiences using twitter. Here’s mine…

    I labeled my twitter news feed: The Industry Minute

    For those REALTOR® Professionals who follow my Mortgage Rate Updates on my blog, The Industry Report, they can see a condensed version of those reports on my twitter feed. It’s essentially a market snapshot in a sentence or two.

    I’ve only recently promoted this feature to my existing clientèle who’s in the market to purchase or refinance.

    In any case, that’s the focus of my feed though I must say that I haven’t had as much success attracting a large following as you have for example. And for obvious reasons I’m sure…realistically, how many of us care what interest rates are but more than once or twice a year, if that!?

    So that’s been my experience and that’s how I try and focus my twitter usage.

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  4. it is funny that once upon a time twitter was so simple, and know the implications and benefits it provides has actually made it more difficult for some. Glad there are so many great guides and I am sure Caroline Middlebrooks is excellent.

  5. Hey,

    I have been using twitter for several months. Twitter is simple and easy to use. But i really think that people sometimes dont know what to do besides makes some simple comments. I recently stated using it to promote my business. My traffic to my website has increased. I have gotten several projects out of it. But in the beginning I just did what most people do. Is join the band wagon. Now its a business tool for me.

    My twitter account: twitter.com/marketbusiness

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