9 Twitter Guidelines to Live By - dummies

9 Twitter Guidelines to Live By

By Laura Fitton, Anum Hussain, Brittany Leaning

Part of Twitter For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Twitterverse doesn’t have many rules, but there’s such a thing as Twitter etiquette. Writing Tweets of 140 characters or fewer isn’t the only guideline. Your experience on Twitter will be a positive one if you keep the following tips in mind:

  • Say what you think or are doing.

  • In general, keep Tweets longer than one word so that your followers can understand you.

  • Listen to what your Twitter network is saying.

  • Respond to Twitter followers when you can add value to the conversation.

  • Update your status at least once a day.

  • Fill in your profile and biography so that other people know more about you.

  • Use your own picture as your profile photo. If the picture you use contains more than one person, make sure that people can tell which one is you.

  • Whenever you’re referencing another Twitter user, use his name with an @ sign in the front so that the user can see that you mentioned him and so that other users see who you’re talking about.

  • Use hashtags to give context to updates that may not make sense otherwise.