Sunday, August 09, 2009

How to Use Twitter - Part 2: Tips on How Tweeting on this Social Network & Microblogging Service Can Promote Your Business

5 More Resources for Learning to Use Twitter for Business

Here are resources I researched and found helpful for my presentation to the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Women in Business forum last week (see comments on my presentation, below). My previous blog post offers Tips on Twitter - Part 1.

As much as I love social networking on multiple forms of media, nothing beats face to face contact. Here I present tips on Twitter to business women in Santa Cruz, California.
Photo Credit: Chelsea George

And just for laughs:
The Royal Opera House produces Twitter Opera!

1. 62 Ways to Use Twitter for Business
August 3rd, 2009 Meryl Evans

2. Twitter Guide
Twitter recently published its own guide addressing these questions:
How do businesses use Twitter? How does it work? How do I get started?

3. Learn Twitter Lingo! (Karen's favorite!)
"Twitter is pretty simple: send and receive short messages. But what’s with all the symbols and strange terms. Learn the terms so you can use Twitter like a pro."

4. Ken Ramirez of Axys Technology Group posted a helpful video of his webinar here:
Advantages of using Facebook and Twitter for Business

5. New York Times explains Twitter Hashtags
Hashing Things Out
By Virginia Heffernan
How those curious words and mashed-together phrases known as hashtags are remaking conversations on Twitter.

COMMENTS on my Presentation and Blog on Twitter

At the Culinary Center of Santa Cruz/Fresh Prep Kitchens, I gave a presentation to 40 women on "How To Use Twitter for Business."
Photo Credit: Chelsea George

On Aug 6, 2009, at 5:34 PM, William Tysseling wrote (via email)
"Karen… just want to thank you again. This was a real hit. So good there was conversation about letting you ‘finish’ in September. Well done and much appreciated."
— Bill Tysseling, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce
On Aug 10, 2009, at 10:30 AM, Kirsti Scott wrote (via emai):
"Great job on the presentation! I tweeted your blog post last week after the presentation and I'm going to add it to my blog post. Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive list of ideas and resources!"
Kirsti Scott, Founder, Creative Director, Scott Design, Inc.
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On Aug 6, 2009, at 4:04 PM, Camille Smith wrote:

"Thanks, Karen, for your presentation this morning. Great energy, super info."— Camille Smith, President, Work In Progress Coaching
On Aug 9, 2009, at 6:06 AM (via blog comment) Fiona Leonard has left a new comment on your post "How to Use Twitter - Tips on Tweeting for Business"
"Thanks so much for the Hootsuite tip. My very old mac won't support tweetdeck and I have been suffering without some sort of platform to manage twitter. Hootsuite is a great solution."
1. For LINKED IN users: I suggest doing a search for, then joining this group:

Twitter Power for Business.

Don't become a full time BOT poster!
If you automate your Twitter posts, make sure you don't ONLY use automated service!
An In-Depth Look at the 5% of Most Active Users reports that almost a quarter of Twitter’s updates are done by bots (automatic posting tools).
"Of the most active Twitter users updating more than 150 times/day, nearly all of them are bots operated by sources such as hotels offering deals, regional and national news services, regional weather services, the top news within Digg, games, anim services, tags within and financial aggregators. These very active bots account for one-quarter of all tweets."

Let your humanity shine through! That's what social networking is all about!