Twitter for Beginners – Part 2

It’s all about the discussion.

After reading Part 1 ( ) you should have opened a Twitter account, built a list of people to follow, and then watched/listened to the discussion.

The Duct Tape Marketing guiding principle of allowing people to “Know, Like and Trust” you applies.

Now the time has come to enter into the discussion.  There are four ways to do this:

  1. Author your own Tweet and send it out there.
  2. Retweet (RT) someone else’s Tweet.
  3. Reply (@) to someone specifically
  4. Direct Message (DM) to someone privately

Author – this is where you start a conversation.  The least attractive conversation is “Buy from me!” and variations on that theme.  It is the Michael Scott of tweeting: awkward, in poor taste, and premature.  Think in terms of a networking reception, enter with small talk, offer up a topic of discussion, and get to know the person with whom you are engaging.

You simply go to the “What’s Happening” field on your home page, enter your message and hit update.

When you send out a Tweet, everyone who follows you will see your Tweet in their Twitter feed.

Retweet (RT) – this is where you read something helpful or clever, or you just want to further the conversation, and for the benefit of your Twitter community you RT someone else’s Tweet.  I like to use TweetDeck because unlike the Twitter home page it allows you to edit (add your comments/thoughts) before tweeting out to your followers.

For example, I was watching the Vikings in the NFC Championship game.  One of the people I follow sent out a Tweet saying “Way too many fumbles…”  I retweeted:  “It’s “pants” on the ground, not “ball” on the ground! RT@[User Name] Way too many fumbles.”

Another example of RT’ing is when someone sends out a link to an article or blog post.  If I read the link and think it’s valuable information, I will RT and sometimes or not add my comments.

When you RT, everyone who follows you will see your Tweet in their Twitter feed.

Official Twitter Help link on RT :

Reply (@)  If you begin a Tweet with @[User Name], this will indicates that you are responding specifically to them. For example, someone RT’s my pants on the ground Tweet.  I send them “@[User Name] Thank you for the RT love.” Or someone asks a question, “Who is going to the SMC Austin on Tuesday?” and I reply with @[User Name] I plan on attending.  It will be my first time.

As far as I can tell, when you @[User Name] everyone who follows you and follows the person you are responding to can see the Tweet.

Official Twitter Help link on @ :

Direct Messaging (DM) is when you Tweet someone privately.  This Tweet will end up in a special section of your Twitter home page (right hand side) called “Direct Messages”.  Anything that you don’t want seen publicly on the Twitter feeds should be sent DM.

Official Twitter Help link on DM :

I’m here to help you, so follow me DWesterberg, I will follow you back and you can test your skills out with me.

Twitter for Beginners – Part 1

Twitter for Beginners – Part 3

Twitter for Beginners – Part 4

Twitter for Beginners – Part 5

Twitter for Beginners – Part 6