Sign In Page – Twitter.com: This is where you type your Username and Password to access your account.
Once you are logged in, you will see your home page. This is your “landing page”. There are 2 home buttons on your Twitter page. One on the top bar and one in the side bar. This is where you will see the updates of everyone you follow in real time. You can look and see the latest updates or “tweets” that the people you follow are posting. You may see some that say “less than 5 seconds ago”, “less than 10 seconds ago”, “half a minute ago”, etc. You will also see a top box where you can answer the question “What are you doing?” In this box, you can literally post exactly what you are doing, a new idea you have, a quote that inspired you, a new product your business is offering, some advice to others, your sales pitch, your self promotions, promote others, ask questions, make statements, and so so much more. You have 140 letters or characters to use including spaces so shorthand is commonly used. This is great because you technically learn what to say and how to say it in a really efficient way. Some call it “Green Communication”. You skip all of the bulk lettering and get right to the point. Awesome!
From this home page, you can see how many people you are following, how many people are following you, and how many updates you have posted by looking right below your photo or logo on the right of the page. Click on these links to see them. Underneath this line, you will see a promotion or clip of news that you may be interested in. Then you will see a link for @Replies or @YourTwitterName. This is where your Twitter account has been mentioned publicly or someone has sent you a public message. Pay big attention to these. When someone sends you an @Reply, they are publicly posting your Twitter name and link on their page. This is most of the time Good! You can send anyone an @Reply by simply putting the @ sign before their name, space and then message after it in the update box. Remember… this is public. Right below the @Reply link, you will see the link “Direct Messages”. Sometimes when you are following a bunch of people, this area gets crowded by Auto-Replies saying “Thank you”, “Check out my site”, etc. Once you stop following a lot of people, it becomes much easier to pay attention to Direct Messages.
You will also see a Twitter link on the right called “Favorites”. Next to anyone’s update, you can hover over to the right of the update and a star will appear for you to Favorite an update, and a Reply arrow will appear for you to publicly write back to them. Click on either one if needed. Click on “Favorites” at anytime to see some of the Updates you wanted to make sure you remembered to look at.
There is also a Twitter “Search Box” on the right where you can search for whatever you like. You can type in direct phrases, names, hashtags (#NameOfHashTag), etc. I just typed in “Friday” and it searches Twitter for people that mentioned Friday in their Tweets. Under this search box, you will see some “Trending Topics”. These are the most popular things that people are talking about on Twitter at the moment. Click on any of them to see what is going on with that topic.
There is a “Following” bar as well on the lower right where you can see the icons (logos or photo) of the people you are following. Lastly, on the bottom right is your personal RSS feed for your Twitter page. You can add this feed to your blog or anywhere else where you can insert an RSS feed.
Take a look at your top navigation bar. The second button on the top navigation bar is the “Profile” button. This is what visitors see when they come to your page. Make sure all of this info is correct. This is your “Storefront” if you may. The next button across the top is “Find People”. You can search for a specific name, Twitter name, business type, niche, geographic area, movement, or anything you would like to try. Results will appear and you can browse to find what you are looking for. The next button is “Settings”. Go through these settings to upload a picture, add your cell phone text service, add your company description, add your website url, change your password, edit or change your design, and more. The next button across the top is “Help” and that is exactly what it says. In this help section, you will find a video on how to use Twitter, resources, trouble shooting, known issues, announcements and features, and more. The last button on the top right corner is “Sign Out”. When you are done with using Twitter and wish to log out, click this button.
Other Quick Twitter Tips:
1. Follow People! Reach out and connect. This is your Social Networking and Social Media initiative. 2. Check your followers and follow them back by clicking “Follow” underneath their photo or logo. This opens you up to a bigger network of possibilities. 3. Fill in your complete “Bio” space. Say all you can about you, your business, and your mission. 4. Try to “Tweet” at least 3 times a day (or more) to train yourself how to update. 5. Mix your Tweets up. Not all business! Humor us, send us a Twitpic, tell us what you are having for lunch! 6. Be respectful to the businesses of others. Everyone has a niche. Some are into Social Media (like me), some are into Burning Fat, some are into Making Money, and some just simply want a friend connection. Live and Let Live, Connect and Let Others Connect, Sell and Let Others Sell.