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Twitter For Dummies, Pocket Edition

Twitter For Dummies, Pocket Edition

Laura Fitton

ISBN: 978-1-118-38590-6

Apr 2012

144 pages

Select type: E-Book

$3.99

Description

Experience the fun and productive world of Twitter!

Here's your ticket to the Twitter universe. This guide walks you through all the opportunities available with this social networking tool. It helps you Tweet like a pro, find the right people, and build a following. You'll be amazed at the incredible results you can achieve in a 140-character message!

Open the book and find:

  • How to get started with your Twitter account

  • Twitter protocol that you need to know

  • Direct message tips to send private notes

  • Ways to establish your Twitter voice

  • How to Tweet with your smartphone

Introduction 1

About This Book  2

New for Pocket Edition 3

Foolish Assumptions  3

Icons Used in This Book 4

Chapter 1: Hello, Twitter World 5

Figuring Out This Twitter Thing  6

Signing Up  8

Picking a Name 16

Finding Contacts 18

Using useful people-finding tools 21

Searching by using Twitter Search 21

Inviting Contacts 23

Tweeting Like a Pro 26

Saying Hello! Your First Tweets 27

Chapter 2: Getting Your Tweet Wet 29

Finding People to Follow  30

Look who’s talking  31

Searching for people 32

Using the Search Box 34

Inviting people personally, through Twitter 35

Checking out Twitter Lists  37

Following back  38

Following People 39

Replying to Tweets 40

Retweeting  42

Retweeting the old-fashioned way 42

Commentary on the retweet  43

Twitter Directories  44

Understanding Twitter Protocol 46

Deciphering language and abbreviations 48

Engaging others on Twitter  49

Tweeting frequency  50

Creating Lists  51

Following lists 54

Using geolocation 55

Erasing your tracks 56

Deciphering Twitter SMS Commands 57

Sending a direct message 57

Sending a follow message  58

Sending an @reply 59

Using On/Off commands 59

Making a tweet a favorite 59

Seeing stats  60

Using the Get command 60

Seeing profiles with Whois 60

Using Leave  61

Using On/Off username 61

Using Quit and Stop  61

Codes may come, and codes may go 62

Chapter 3: Flying Around the Interface 63

Starting Out on the Home Screen  64

The sidebar 66

The Tweet box 67

The Twitter stream 68

Tweeting to One Specific Person: @Replies  70

Sending Private Notes via Direct Messaging 73

Playing (Twitter) Favorites  75

Seeing Who You Follow  77

Who’s Following Who?  79

Reviewing Your Tweets 80

You’ve Been Listed  84

The User Multi-Face: Interacting with Twitter Every Which Way 85

Text messages (SMS delivery)  86

Desktop clients  88

Echofon  89

Widgets and gadgets 89

Preview: @Anywhere  90

Chapter 4: Twitter Minus Twitter.com 93

Tweeting with Your Cellphone  94

Via text messaging  94

Via smartphones or PDAs 96

Location! Location! Location! 97

Using Twitter through Your E-Mail  98

Swimming Your Stream with RSS Feeds 101

Grabbing RSS feeds 102

Sending RSS feeds back to Twitter 102

Chapter 5: Establishing Your Twitter Voice 105

Business or Pleasure? 106

Your business on Twitter 108

You as you on Twitter 109

Mixing business with pleasure  110

Identifying Your Audience  114

Viewing your network  115

Diversifying your network 116

Targeting specific networks 117

Measuring influence  118

Understanding your extended network 120

Keeping Your Tweets Authentic  121

Joining the conversation  122

Sharing links  122

Image is everything 124

Being genuine  125

Evangelizing your causes 127

Keeping Twitter Personal but Not Too Personal 127

Protecting personal details  129

Maximizing privacy and safety 130

Chapter 6: Ten Useful Twitter-Based Services 131

BreakingNews  132

StockTwits 132

Tweecious: Use Delicious to Organize the Links You Tweet 132

Tweetworks  133

ExecTweets  133

TweetGrid  134

LinkBunch 134

Tweetree 135

TwitterGrader 135

BLIP.fm  136