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Twitter-dee and dum back to basics

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Last time, we gave you a midlevel guide to leadership strategy on Twitter. This time we’re going back to basics.

Here’s a blog from leadership developer Michael Hyatt, who took his first shot at explaining Twitter in 2008 and has up­­dated it with “The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.”

His eight steps, condensed:

  1. Set up your account at twitter.com. Use your real name with initial caps for readability (@MichaelHyatt rather than @michaelhyatt).
  2. Tweak your settings. On the home page, click on Settings and Account. Set the time zone. Click on Profile and upload your photo. Decide on the scope and tone of your bio (pro tip: Twitter is less formal than LinkedIn), and add that. Be sure to include any website or blog.
  3. Set up your phone. Twitter is much more fun if you go mobile, and Hyatt provides detailed instructions.
  4. Follow family and friends. Search for them and click “Follow.”
  5. Learn basic commands. Learn to tweet, reply, send direct messages and join the conversation using # signs, called hashtags.
  6. Start tweeting. Look for the little quill and fire away. How often to tweet? The key factors are consistency and relevance.
  7. Be careful. Do not announce to the world when you are away from home, or reveal anything that could compromise your safety or security. Only tweet after you’ve gone somewhere.
  8. Consider third-party apps. If you become a power user, you might first add HootSuite to integrate your social media. Another is BufferApp to time your posts. And there’s SocialOomph to bulk-­schedule tweets.

Twitter is best learned by doing. You’ll find the newest news, the funny and the profound. The best thing is just to get started.

— Adapted from Michael Hyatt: Your Virtual Mentor.

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