Sunday, March 01, 2009

Don't be a Twittidiot, Join Twitter!

Over the past few weeks I have written some about social media, including Twitter. Members of Congress were Twittering Barack Obama's speech last week.

If you are wondering what's the big deal, here's a really good beginner's guide to Twitter that explains what the basics of Twitter are.

Sure, sure, you could also just Google "beginner's guide to Twitter" and read a any number of other guides that have been written. Problem is, I feel like most of them focus on two niches: how to be a fanatical Twitterer, and/or how to be a really obnoxiously popular Twitterer. What I'm aiming for here is more for people who want to experiment a little and connect with other folks on a pretty direct level. We'll talk later about different ways you can participate, but for now, let's just get the basics down.
They end with two key points...
  • Twitter should be used how you feel most comfortable using it– don't let anyone tell you that you're doing it wrong.
  • It takes a while to get the feel of Twitter. Commit, if you can, to trying it a couple times a day for two weeks or so. At the end of your little trial period, assess how you feel and how you think you'll use it.

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