10 Twitter tips

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If you haven't really got into tweeting yet, basically it's another social network where your tweets (posts in MN-speak) are limited to 140 characters.

Once you've created an account and followed a few people, Twitter is very easy to use. Here are 10 tips to help you optimise your tweeting.

  • If you're tweeting a message and think a particular person might be interested, make sure they see the tweet by including an @ symbol followed by their username eg 'This is a great book @Somebody'. The @ ensures the message appears in their Twitter feed.
  • Don't start your tweet with @somebody unless you're want you tweet to appear ONLY in their timeline.
  • 15 handy Twitter shortcuts
    Tap these keys consecutively and you'll land on a new Twitter page – as if by magic!

    g h
    = Homepage
    g p = Your profile 
    g m = Direct messages
    g c = See list of interactions
    g r = See who's mentioned you  
    g u = Find a profile

    n = Write new tweet
    m = Send a direct message
    = Favourite
    t = Retweet
    r = Reply

    = Next Tweet
    = Previous tweet
    = Load more
    ? = Find all shortcuts
  • Try to make your tweets informative, useful or funny - or a combination of all three.
  • Twitter is great for sharing news, blogs or tips.
  • There's a lot of information floating around the Twittersphere, so using a Twitter tool such as TweetDeck can help you to cut through the noise.
  • Hashtags help to categorise your tweets. So, for example, if your tweet is about childcare, consider adding #childcare in your tweet.
  • The more interesting the people you follow, the more fulfilling your Twitter experience.
  • Reweet liberally. A retweet is what it says it is: reposting someone else's tweet.
  • Remember, like Mumsnet, Twitter is a public space. It may feel like tumbleweed around your Twitter feed today, but your tweets will live on forever in cyberspace, so think before you tweet.
  • Shrink your urls. You only have 140 characters to play with, so don't waste them on lengthy links. Use tools like ow.ly and bit.ly to shorten them.

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