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How To Get the Most Out of Twitter

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Twitter Twitter’s popularity continues to grow as more and more people discover what a fun and useful tool it can be. Many companies now use it for both promotion and customer service, while individuals use it to network and stay in touch. To get the most out of Twitter, here are some tips and tricks to follow.

Use discretion when following

It’s always great to see your follower count rise, but it’s important not to fall into the habit of following everyone that follows you. Take the time to check out their profiles before clicking that follow button. Anyone that is following far more people than are following them, tweets only URLs, or seems to post the same things over and over or many tweets in a short period of time should be blocked and reported as they are almost always spammers. Some of these spammers use bots that post tweets every few minutes or scan tweets for specific keywords and respond with spam.

Another reason to be picky when choosing people to follow is your newsfeed. The more people you follow the more unmanageable your newsfeed can become. Follow only those people whose tweets you truly value and find useful and/or entertaining.

When it comes to tweeting, quality is better than quantity

No one wants to know what you ate for lunch or that you’re bored. Make your tweets interesting and/or useful. Share your opinions on news stories, humorous quotes, links to interesting sites, etc.

Post links in moderation

Sharing links is an important part of Twitter, but don’t go overboard. Be sure to post some link free tweets as well and when do you post links, always post an explanation along with them. Most links on Twitter are shortened using services like bit.ly, which makes it impossible to see where they link to unless clicked on. Spammers and malware distributors love this. Letting your followers know where your links lead to is courteous and lets them know it’s not spam or malicious in nature.

Tweet with care

It’s important to remember that unless you chose to protect your tweets, they are completely public. While you may be tempted to vent about your boss or brag about a drunken exploit, think twice. Everything you tweet about can be easily re-tweeted so that even people who aren’t following you can read it. People have been fired and even sued over things they posted on Twitter, and if you are one of the many people looking for work these days, beware. Many potential employees now search Google, Twitter, and sites like Facebook as part of the application process. A good rule of thumb is to never post a tweet you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of a newspaper.

Twitter is fun and useful, and by following these tips you will get the most out of it!

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