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After jumping in and volunteering to be the “hostess” with the mostess for the Sits 31 Days to a Better Blog I noticed that there were a lot of ladies who don’t “tweet.” Since I do tweet and use the tweetster to send out messages I thought it might be helpful to write a basic tutorial on setting up a twitter and now I’m going to be getting a little more into the meat of a tweet to help these ladies and gentleman who don’t know how, learn a little… *I don’t claim to be a twitter expert but I have sent out over 4,200 tweets in my day… so let’s keep going with this…

There are a 3 different ways of posting on Twitter:

1. The Tweet: On Twitter you need to have good content, be interesting, informative, entertaining and valuable. You need to do this in a short concise manner-140 characters.

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How do you form a basic Tweet?
• You are identified on twitter by your user name with a “@” in front.
Example when I send out a tweet or someone tweets me it’s to @shelleyellen
• At the top of your Home Page you have a white box that say’s “What’s Happening?’
• Type your witty or informative 140 character message in that box.
• Hit the Tweet button just below the box on the lower right side.

2. The Reply: The next type of post is a reply. When you send out your tweet someone might reply to that with a comment back. You will see your name with the @ symbol before it as I showed you above or perhaps you might want to reply to someone else.

• For example: I might send out this tweet:

Happy birthday 2 the sweetest little lady in the world 19 years ago u came into the world and have inspired us every day since I

• Reply to me might look like:

@shelleyellen Hope your little daughter enjoyed her birthday

Replies are viewable to everyone who is following you.

• My Response to their tweet:

@bettywhite thank you very much!

3. The Direct Message: This is a private message that you don’t want everyone else on twitter to see.

• To send a Direct Message otherwise known as a DM go to the box on the top where you type your tweets and before the message type DM and the person’s username and then the tweet, however all together it must not exceed 140 characters.

Example:

DM @bettywhite thank you so much for the beautiful flowers! They really made Hadley smile!

4. How to check your “mail” from your @username:
• On the right side of the screen on the sidebar look for your @username
• Click on it
• Now you should see a running list in the “timeline” section if you have any tweet mail.

5. How to check your Direct Messages:
• On the sidebar just below your @username you will see Direct Message
• Click on it
• Should you have any DM’s you will see them there and you can respond right there
• If you want to respond to a DM, look just below the tweet and you will see
Reply or Delete on the bottom right hand
• Click Reply
• You will see at the top of the page it now says Send _____ a direct message
• Type the 140 character message in the box below
• Hit send

6. The Retweet or RT: One of the great things about twitter and what makes it so powerful is it runs in “real time” and goes viral immediately. When someone sees something they think is of value it can be passed onto their followers in seconds and then so on and so on. This is done by what is called a RT or Retweet.

• To send out a RT you will need to put RT in front of the @username of the person whose tweet you will copy and then hit send.
Example: If you wanted to retweet this comment from my timeline:

Woot Woot our #sitsgirls31dbbb is growing stronger and stronger! Looking forward to Monday!

Then you would tweet:

RT @shelleyellen Woot Woot our #sitsgirls31dbbb is growing stronger and stronger! Looking forward to Monday!

If you wanted to make a comment about it you would add the comment to the retweet at the beginning or the end:

I’m so there! RT @shelleyellen Woot Woot our #sitsgirls31dbbb is growing stronger and stronger! Looking forward to Monday!

Or

RT @shelleyellen Woot Woot our #sitsgirls31dbbb is growing stronger and stronger! Looking forward to Monday! (I’m so there!)

Or you can always push the retweet just below the tweet on the newsfeed and it will send out an automatic tweet from you.


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Twitter is in the middle of changing the way the site is viewed. The way I am explaining how to check your Tweet Mail or Direct Messages is on the old version. The newer version (as seen above) has a tool bar at the top of the Home Page where you can get to both your @username (known as a mention mail) or your direct messages just click them. I’m still using the older version, I like it better and will use it until I’m thrown off LOL. It’s like moving into a new house, I’m just not ready yet!

I will do another post on Twitter Etiquette in a few days but there is one thing I will say before I end this post and that is if someone is kind enough to tweet you, tweet them back, this is what twitter was set up to do… Keep the conversation moving…

I hope I answered your basic questions, please let me know if there is something I can help you with!

What do you use the tweetster for mainly?

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