Are You On Twitter? A Beginning Primer For Twitter Virgins

I will not lie. It is hard for me to believe, but I have become a tweeter. I have a Twitter handle, I am using hash tags, utilize a service called HootSuite, am on some Twitter lists, trying to learn how to gain followers and would even like to become a trend if I could. The even weirder part of all this is that I am finding it fun and useful.

In my spare time I run a chapter of eWomenNetwork (I know, spare time, hehe, best that I am busy. trust me, all kinds of trouble would happen!) Donna came to see me speak at my chapter and I allowed her 10 minutes to share her story. Donna has managed to take a scary situation; losing a job and almost losing her home, and turn it into a business. It works because it’s her story, but so many women can relate their stories. As she spoke women laughed and cried. After she spoke she was surrounded by women wanting to say thank you and hug her. Donna listened to each woman as though she was the only one in the room. Her power on stage and one-on-one is powerful. All women should have the honor to hear her speak!

Dixon also talked about his nickname “Boobie”. He said that he was a big back with quick moves in college and he was called “Boobie” after James “Boobie” Miles, a real-life tailback that was the feature in the book turned film Friday Night Lights. It was a name that stuck with him. He even uses that name for his how to change twitter handle (@Boobie24Dixon). It was a name he didn’t resist.

Identify the top movers in your niche. If you don’t know who they are, just search-engine something like: “Top health and beauty gurus”. Then cross check with another term such as “Women’s health and beauty industry leaders”. You can search for the top bloggers, the top affiliates, on and on.

People will be talking with you as well and you’ll need to respond. You’ll know they are talking to you by clicking the @YourTwitterName in the side side bar on your home page (under home). I am always so surprised by how many people don’t know this. Check this every time to sit down for Twitter session and reply to each person.

Pretty Saturday Night Live (SNL) newcomer Jenny Slate is considered to be a comic’s comic. Accustomed to the theater and stand up comedy stage where language often goes uncensored Jenny let it loose by dropping the F-bomb on change twitter handle her first night on SNL.

LinkedIn is great at recognizing when you share a group with someone. There is a module that points this out and it’s located right above the groups module so it will be easy to see. If you already share a group then you’re golden. Because LinkedIn only allows people to connect if they have something in common, like a former or current employer adding “cold” connections is impossible. So you need to have something in common and the group satisfies this requirement. Ask the prospect to connect with you as a fellow group member of “XYZ” group. Most people accept these much quicker than the usual LinkedIn request because they trust you as a member of a shared group.

Twitter Groups: This website gives you the opportunity to tag your followers and place them in various groups. You can then send messages to those groups instead of sending them to each person individually.

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