Social media is such a hot topic, I force myself to limit these posts relating to social media to no more than 2 a month. However, I do feel that going back to basics is important every now and then.

Twitter had its early adopters, and I was not one of them. I know there are a lot of you out there too. I just had too much going on to learn another medium. Once I gave in and started to work with it, I found it very useful and fun to use, but how do you get started?

First, create an account. It is really easy. Just go to www.twitter.com and sign up for a free account. Enter your name, email address, and desired password in the provided space.

Next, understand the lingo so you can follow others and get your own followers. Here is a cheat sheet that will give you some ideas:

  • Tweet – a Twitter single update of 140 or fewer characters. Tweets can include @Mentions and hashtags (these are defined a little lower in the list)
  • Retweet or “RT” – taking a tweet from one user and posting it yourself, automatically crediting the source, so that all of your followers can see the tweet.
  • @Reply – this is any update posted when a user hits the reply button on a tweet. These will show up in your Mentions tab on the Notificiations page.
  • @Mentions – These have an “@username” format and show up in your Mentions tab on the Notifications page. If it starts with an @username, it is a direct reply and private, but if it is an @username in the body of the tweet, it is out there for all to see.
  • Hashtags- the # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet and it is a way to categorize messages. Don’t use more than 2 hashtags in any Tweet, as a best practice. You can search for hashtags and anyone who used it on a public account can come up.
  • Promoted Tweets – A single trending topic which a company or organization can pay to ‘trend’, as to gain attention and traffic from Twitter users worldwide.

The best way to get started with Twitter is to just get out there and start looking and retweeting. Once you are comfortable with what you are doing, then you can create your own tweets and create

If you are ready for the next level of twitter, here is a fun infographic from mediabistro.com that I really liked. You can click on it to visit their site and it will open in another window.

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