7 Ways I Make Twitter Work For Me

7 Ways I Make Twitter Work For me

 

Recently, I have found Twitter.

Some might say the word “addicted” is in order, but I don’t think so.

Not yet.

There are people who tweet their every move.

Going to the store

Taking a nap

Be back in 5

I think those people are addicted.

I tweet funny stuff.

Stuff that wouldn’t fill a whole blog post, but needs to be shared.

Also, I use Twitter.

Really.

Use it.

For local updates.

Sales.

News.

Traffic.

Weather.

Fairs and Festivals.

I have had a few friends join lately and the first questions they ask are “Who do I follow? How do I find people? How do I “do” Twitter?”

Here are my 7 (life saving, ground breaking, etc., etc., etc.) Twitter tips.

Why 7?

Because that’s how many I can think of, and I am not about adding fillers tonight.

Oh, and Julie? I’m sorry for not giving you a nice round number.

Anyway… 7 Lifesaving Twitter Tips:

Tip #1.

Follow your local news networks.

Follow them all at first, then decide who tweets the most useful information.

I found one in Tucson that is great about news updates.

Not news updates like “SWAT situation in Tucson today” but “Avoid 5th Street and Craycroft due to police activity,” or “I-10 closed eastbound at milepost 175.”

That’s exactly what I want to know about when I am looking through my Twitter stream while checking out at the grocery store. It has saved me quite a few traffic delays.

Tip #2

Follow your local newscasters

This is different from following the news network. It’s definitely more personal, but depending on the news you want it might be your best bet.

My gateway Twitter newscaster was @JeffBeamish, a local Meteorologist who kept me up to date through the completely weird tornado/flood warning a few months ago. He’s also an avid sports fan and gives updates on games that he’s watching.

Watching the news is one thing, but reading tweets about what the weatherman is seeing every 5 minutes?

Completely different weather experience.

Tip #3

Look through the newscaster’s following/follower list

I have found several local people to follow by looking through the local newscaster’s following/follower lists. Local businesses that I didn’t realize were on Twitter, certain government officials, and some local PR people are just a few examples of who I’ve found.

Tip #4

When you can, retweet instead of reply

When you hear something interesting, do you nod you head and say, “Wow” to the person who told you, or do you say “Wow” and then go tell a friend?

Retweeting is a way for you to say “I thought this was interesting… check it out.” And even better? If I see something hilarious, or witty, or interesting being retweeted by a friend, I’m likely to go follow the original person who tweeted it in the first place.

Tip #5

More followers = More informed

Another great reason to use Twitter? It’s like having a roomful of friends waiting to give you their opinion.

An example:

4:31 My son just fell and knocked a tooth out. What do I do?

4:32

That happened to my daughter last month. Put it in milk and get to a dentist.

4:33

OMG! Sorry!

Dr. Smith on Broadway and 1st is still open -call 555-1212 and bring him in.

4:34

I’m a dental assistant. Have your son rinse with milk, put the tooth in a ziplock bag full of milk, and get to an emergency dentist.

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This did not happen to me (though it’s a definite possibility), but I have seen similar twitter stories.

You can’t deny that that’s cool. Moms everywhere, helping other Moms.

Tip #6

#hashtag

The hash tag (#) is a search tool for Twitter. You can click on it and see what the millions of Twitter users are saying about a subject.

Examples of subjects? There are thousands. Millions, even.

See Tip #7 for an example.

Tip #7

Follow Friday (a.k.a. #ff or #followfriday)

Do you have a Twitter friend that you’re dying to share?

Someone funny that you want to tell your friends about, or someone new that needs a few followers?

Every Friday, people on Twitter refer their friends to others by tweeting their name and #ff or #followfriday after it.

Common courtesy is to either reply and thank the person or retweet the #ff so your followers can see it, too!

 

Comments

  1. 1
    Gramma Teetsie says:

    You are a TWIT.

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    Gramma Teetsie cracks me up…when is she going to have her own blog? I don’t twitter but have used it to find out why certain websites are down. It definitely is a wealth of information. How do you keep up with it all?
    .-= jen@ourdailybigtop´s last blog ..Sweet Shot: everything’s bigger =-.

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    Kellyn says:

    I love twitter, just love it. I have learned a lot about random things from Twitter. Plus, when there were police helicopters by my house I was able to ASK the local news and they FOUND OUT FOR ME! How cool is that!
    .-= Kellyn´s last blog ..What I Learned This Week – Darn Knee Edition =-.

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    grandma dawn says:

    This is all a little over my head. Twit, tweet, follow? I’m glad you’re enjoying it, though!

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    Christina says:

    I joined Twitter for a bit, felt pressured into saying cool thing but couldn’t think of anything to say. Tried to follow some conversation but didn’t see the point. I guess I’ll stick with Facebook lol.
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Tooth Fairy Adventures =-.

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    I’m still trying to figure out this whole Twitter thing! I love the idea of following the newscasters and then being able to follow businesses! Thanks for the great tips!

    I’d love it if you’d link to my Tuesday’s Tips at http://www.couponomicstimuluspackage.com/2010/04/another-great-way-to-extend-your.html
    .-= Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package´s last blog ..Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom =-.

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    Chelsea says:

    I’m just getting started with Twitter – totally scary at first but I *think* I’m staring to get the hang of it! Thanks for the tips :)
    .-= Chelsea´s last blog ..Sunglasses! Get your sunglasses! GIVEAWAY! =-.

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    Eva says:

    Great tips! I am still scared of twitter though… do you tweet through the computer or through the cell phone? I wonder what those “twitter-addicts” are using… :)
    .-= Eva´s last blog ..Some wedding pics… :) – Wordless Wednesday =-.

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    Michele says:

    Wow. I think I need to Twitter class from you. Seriously. I try, but half the time I don’t know what the heck is going on there. Thanks for enlightening me a little more.
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..Spread Joy =-.

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    Aunt Jen says:

    Your new blog page set up confuses me…you know how technologically challenged I am…

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    Christina says:

    I love the new look!!! Much more streamlined!
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Tooth Fairy Adventures =-.

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    angie says:

    Excellent list. I love Twitter but find I spend less time tweeting than I’d like. Partly b/c I made the mistake early on of not making lists of my friends and sometimes it seems to chaotic.
    .-= angie´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday-17 Mile Drive =-.

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    Mrs. Dunbar says:

    I don’t tweet but thanks for all of the info.
    .-= Mrs. Dunbar´s last blog ..The Rules =-.

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    Ronnica says:

    I follow mostly people I’ve found on #FF. I don’t really get into the local information like you do, but I do like to see what people are talking about/reading.
    .-= Ronnica´s last blog ..Turning My Focus Outwards =-.

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    I just now started using Twitter, too. I wouldn’t say I’m addicted, but i spend about as much time there as I do on Twitter. Oh, and thanks for the shout-out! It would have been difficult for me to end on #7. =)

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    Stephanie says:

    Great tips, Becca! You should do a post about your favorite local people to follow. I’m always on the lookout for fun Tucson/Vail people & companies to follow… :)
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..baby #3 =-.

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    Krista S. says:

    I love twitter as well! I have been sitting in traffic before, wondering what in the world is going on- check my twitter feed on my phone- and the local news tells me the highway is actually shut down. So I know to get off and take back roads!

    Here is Santa Cruz we have even started doing tweetups, which is basically a group of people on twitter getting together at a restaurant or something to meet in real life. It might sound crazy to some people, but twitter has expanded my local community! I have met so many people I NEVER would have before!

    I love being able to “micro-blog”, so many things my kids do during the day crack me up but are way too short for a whole blog post. And I love when I need a question answered, all I have to do is tweet it- usually within an hour (sometimes within seconds!!) I have my answer.

    @klutzylutz

    P.S. Just found your blog through Metropolitan Mama. :)
    .-= Krista S.´s last blog ..The Future =-.

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