A fact of daily life Twitter is often the first thing people do when anything news worthy happens. In fact it was remarked recently that someone was totally horrified to see how many people grabbed for their cell phones to twitter a tragedy instead of going to help. If it’s a sign of the times it’s a sad statement for humanity.
Twitter can be made for more effective for your own use if you do a few tweaks to it.
If you have several friends and people you tweet with about a certain subject use a grouping function so you can easily see tweets on a particular subject. This is a facility that is available and often not used. Create your groups and move the people into groups.
Hashtags # have been talked about a lot recently and making use of them is a good idea either by associating it yourself to a tweet or picking up the one that someone else has already associated it. What this does is associate a keyword tag to a tweet.
You can also auto complete other tweets by using things like the @ to auto complete a word.
Use text links by pointing the receiver at the article rather than providing the URL. This saves considerably on your number of characters used. To do this you need to enable the hyperlink facility.
Couple your tweets with the reply this will give you a way of actually following the conversation. This is what is called threaded tweets.
Now that you have grouped people you can enable group tweets by enabling double@ for a group tweet. This can save you having to tweet a number of people individually about the same subject.
The Hover principle can be used on your twitter as well as your blog by using tooltips.
This is an interface that allows people to see more info about the tweeter by the little info box that attaches to the nic. It’s another way of getting more info far more quickly than to having to log in and view the profile. This helps spread more info about yourself so that you can have an interesting little bio up there that will make people want to follow you and also visit your blog.
You can have twitter feed in your side bar to show not only the replies and Hashtags but all relevant current tweets. By using the right hand sidebar for your tweets you are using one of the eye hotspots of your blog.
Make yourself a tweet page on your blog where you can display all the tweets which have your twitter name. You can even use some of the great ways there are to display them that have been made available by some of the newer plug-ins. It is nice to organize them in a way that will give the reader a thread they can read without having to jump from one area to another. This is a great way to extend your followers especially if people find your quotes and link to them. This will increase your follower base exponentially.
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