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Instructor Tips: Jamie Evans — Using Twitter

written by Alexandra Wade

evansjWDMCS Community Education’s very own Jamie Evans, Communications Specialist and District Webmaster, offered up these Twitter tips for our third Instructor Tips post. On top of her Community Education duties, Evans teaches LEARNwest classes on social media platforms like LinkedIn, WordPress, and of course, Twitter. She likes to start her Twitter classes out with this quote from David Roberts: “If writing a blog post is like sitting in a bar with a friend, Twitter is like standing around at a cocktail party.”

 

Jamie Evans’ Top Ten Tips for Using Twitter

  1. Don’t be afraid to get out there and start tweeting. Twitter is a fun way to gather the news and information that’s important to you quickly.
  2. Just getting started on Twitter? Begin your journey by finding and following other interesting Twitter accounts. Look for business you love, people you know, celebrities, or news stations.
  3. One great way to find more interesting people to follow is to see who those you know or admire are following.
  4. Don’t forget to listen first. Build your voice by retweeting and replying to others.
  5. The best way to gain followers on Twitter is to regularly engage and contribute in a significant way.
  6. Start new conversations by mentioning people using their Twitter handles.
  7. Don’t use more than two hashtags per tweet—it can be annoying to see a tweet that’s only hashtags.
  8. Once you are comfortable with Twitter basics, consider using lists, direct messages and favorites.
  9. Favoriting a tweet not only lets the originator know that you liked their tweet but gives you a chance to save the tweet to read later (if it links to a longer article).
  10. Last but not least, be sure to follow Community Ed. on Twitter @wdmcscomed!

Look for more instructor tips on the WDMCS Community Ed. blog during the third week of every month!