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Nick

How to tweet effectively

All right minded people know that Twitter is rubbish; it's half txt spk and half modern day Stasi, but some people insist on using it. I was send this comprehensive guide to how to get more clicks, retweets and so on.

Much of it won't apply, some of it might, so, as always, take the good, and leave the bad.

Personally, I think my main problem with twitter is the way people fill it with lots of @someone's and PLS RT!, which are picked out as cardinal sins.

Your experience may well vary, but it does appear to be reasonably well researched and backed up.

Share your thoughts and experiences, and we can all* learn together!

Article.

*I say all. I mean those of you who are perverse enough to use Twitter.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

I don't really use it. I follow funny accounts for amusement.

For what NOT to do, see UKIP... Laughing
robkb

For what NOT to do, see UKIP... Laughing


Is that just Twitter, or a general rule of thumb? Wink
dpack

probably both

round here we have an expert tweeter,it defends it's patch by sounding like the neighbour's faulty house alarm
sally_in_wales

I'll read that and hopefully be enlightened. I do find I get loads more business related contacts and enquiries through Twitter than through Facebook, and its widely used by Heritage organisations these days.
robkb

On the subject of UKIP, some of the tweets here are quite splendid:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhyImVotingUkip?src=hash
dpack

pegg's reply is rather nice
madcat

.classic Laughing
Hairyloon

On the subject of UKIP, some of the tweets here are quite splendid:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhyImVotingUkip?src=hash

Quote:
This morning, we awoke to the extraordinary news that UKIP had made significant gains in the British political system...
For the past week, social networking phenomenon Twitter an imperfect but indicative barometer of the national conversation has talked of little else...
Twitter and its conversations are not bad things in themselves. The simple hashtag contains the power to mobilise genuine political activism (like in Egypt and Syria), or to unite the world around something which might otherwise be ignored (such as the #bringbackourgirls campaign for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls). The problem comes when we mistake online interaction with offline action, and allow one to fully replace the other.

For #whyImvotingUKIP to trend so consistently means that hundreds of thousands of people used the tag over the last few days. Did those people all turn out to vote; to turn their sarcastic dissent into real-world activism? The idea that they might have not done has been termed 'slacktivism'; the idea that by retweeting something important or making a satirical joke at a Bad Thing's expense is enough to play your part in bringing positive change. And the truth is that it isn't we still need physical rescuers to #bringbackourgirls, we still need citizens of oppressed states to physically mobilise, and we still need physical voters to prove that #whyImvotingUKIP was really just a joke...
Cathryn

I'll read that and hopefully be enlightened. I do find I get loads more business related contacts and enquiries through Twitter than through Facebook, and its widely used by Heritage organisations these days.

Sad I'm going to have to learn and make myself use it. Do people do it for pleasure or just for business. I really don't know the first thing but I suspect it's pretty easy to get to grips with.
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