Twitter 101

If you haven’t been on Twitter yet, I have to warn you that it’s addicting!

But, it is a wonderful place to interact with fellow parents of diabetic children, PWD’s, and even businesses.

Profile

Create a username that is short and memorable. Since people can only write 140 characters, if your name is too long, they won’t have much space to say anything else to you. Mine is @DMomBlog.

Twitter Profile

Here is my Twitter profile. I include the state I live in, a link to D-Mom Blog, and a brief bio that signififes to people that I write about diabetes.

Fill out your profile. I am not apt to follow someone who doesn’t have any info about themselves or who hasn’t taken the time to add an image. You don’t have to be too specific. Give your location (it can be your region, state, city); include your blog URL if you have one; upload a photo or avatar; and fill out the paragraph telling others about yourself. If diabetes affects you in some way, say it. People will take a look at your profile and quickly decide if they want to follow you.

Conversation

Twitter is a conversation. Some people miss this point, instead choosing to talk at others. I have had wonderful conversations with people and it has been through Twitter that I have gotten to really know a lot of people.

Jump right in, reply to what someone else has said. Ask questions.

Actually Using Twitter

When you sign in to Twitter, there is a big box that says “What’s happening?”

In it you can write up to 140 characters to tell others, well, anything.

Twitter Writing Prompt

Here is the writing prompt. You can write up to 140 characters in the box. The number in the upper right-hand corner tells you how many you have left. You hit “update” in the lower right when you are ready to send it.

Use @ before someone’s user name so that they see that a message is directed toward them. These messages will be seen by anyone who follows you.

@DMomBlog Do you have any new recipes to share?

If you want to write a private message, then you “direct message” or “DM”. Do this by writing d (space) and their user name.

D DMomBlog Thanks for e-mailing me back last night.

You can retweet someone’s message two ways. First, you can use the retweet button in the lower-right corner of the messages in your stream. This is quick and easy, but doesn’t allow you to add your own thoughts. If you want to retweet someone’s message, but want to put in your two cents, then copy and paste it into the writing prompt beginning with RT.

Twitter Retweet

Retweeted message using the RT button.

Twitter 101

Retweeted message using copy & paste method and including her own opinion at the end.

Promotion

Life isn’t always about self-promotion. Though I have found that what goes around, comes around. In other words, when I promote others, they tend to promote me as well.

How can you promote others? If they say something insightful or funny, retweet them. If they post a link to their latest D-Blog, retweet it.

Hashtags

What the heck is a hashtag, you ask. A hashtag is a way to make a topic searchable.

Common hashtags:

#FF or #followfriday Use #FF or #followfriday on Fridays to let other people know who you think is great to follow. What’s even better is a few words stating why they are great.

#diabetes Use #diabetes for status updates that you want to highlight as being diabetes-related

#dblog Use #dblog when linking to one of your blog posts about diabetes.

#bgnow Use #bgnow when reporting blood glucose levels.

Other hashtags include #dmoms, #OmniPod, and #d365.

Status Updates

This screen shot shows RT (retweet), @ (sending a message to someone), and # (hashtags).

Twitter Background

You can choose one of many backgrounds to make Twitter more aesthetically pleasing. But for advanced users, why not create a custom background to give people more information about you. My custom background has a photo of me and lists my blog URL, etc.

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