Q: Staring at a column of random thoughts (Tweets) is overwhelming, isn’t it?
A: Yes, that’s why you need to download Hootsuite.com The free application gives you the ability to listen in on individual thoughts in two ways:
a) By a persons name (also called a Nametag)
b) By topics that interest you (also called a Hashtag)
Q: Is it true that having Twitter without Hootsuite is like having a car without keys?
Q: What is a Nametag?
A: When you sign up for Twitter you’ll decide what your username will be. Each Nametag has the “@” symbol in front of it. My Nametag is @slashcoleman. I used my own name. Others use something clever like @getstoried.
Q: What is a Hashtag?
A: When Tweeters tweet about topics they put the “#” in front of their topic. Some recent Hashtags I’ve used are #storytelling and #NSN2010. At www.hashtags.org, you can type in a Hashtag and you’ll find out who’s using it and how popular it is.
Q: What is the correct way to use Nametags and Hashtags in my tweets?
A: Right: The #NSN2010 in #LA is awesome. I’m meeting great #storytellers.
Wrong: I’m meeting lots of great storytellers at the National Storytelling Conference in California.
The first one is a part of a global conversation that others can search, find and read. Anyone who follows the topics #storyteller, #LA or #NSN2010 will immediately see my message in their Tweetdeck column. The other is a random thought that is un-searchable and lost. (When I set Tweetdeck up, I was surprised to find mentions of me dating back a year. Some resulted in bookings).
Q: How do people have time to tweet all day?
A: Most don’t, that’s why they download HootSuite (free at Hootsuite.com). It allows you to create all your tweets in the morning and schedule them to be sent throughout the day.
Q: What now?
A: Click your name in the right corner. When the menu pulls down, click “Who to follow.” Click “Find Friends” Type slashcoleman in the search bar. Click the green“+” sign. You are now following me. Tweet a message to me: “@slashcoleman I love your #Twitter article in #storytelling mag.” I will tweet back to you recommendations on how to use Twitter to boost your storytelling connections.
Q: What is a direct message?
A: A 140 character private message that only the person you’ve sent the message to can see.
Q: What is a Retweet?
A: When you copy and paste someone else’s message into your tweet bar and re-send it, you have retweeted their message. Retweeting is a nice thing to do, like holding the door open for someone else.
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