To me, Twitter is one of those I-wish-I-didn’t-have-to-do-that sort of thing. There’s nothing wrong with Twitter per se – other than it’s sometimes painfully slow; it’s just that it comes at a time when most of us are already cognitively overloaded with Facebook, blogging, LinkedIn, Instant Messages, email, browsing… .
Even so, Twitter is growing by leaps and bounds. And if I could just get a few of the big boys to throw a Tweet to WriteThru, I could spend more time working on webinars instead of social marketing.
So far, no such luck. For now, I must continue marketing the hard way, one person at a time.
Once you find a reason to use Twitter, it turns out there are plenty of “hidden” tools available. A friend for example, put me on to TwitterFeed, which sends a Tweet whenever I publish a blog post. I appreciate the Time savings (and not having to sign on to Twitter for that.)
If you’re just getting started, The New York Times has a blog post to help you out. Learn how to:
- Sign Up
- Send Your First Tweet
- Find People
- Follow Users
- Understand Twitter Shorthand
If you’re looking for more advanced Twitter Twicks, The New York Times has this article, which discusses:
- Advanced Search
- Twitter via SMS
- Twitter-Facebook-Twitter Integration
- Sharing Photos
- Desktop Twittering
- Phone Apps
- How to Disguise Twitter at Work
- How to Scrape Twitter
- Some of them sound interesting. But do I really want to do them all?
(With Some Overlap):