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Your Social Networks - Twitter

Published on 6/20/2014
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FavIcon Social Networks - Twitter:

Note: This is the 10th in the “GetStarted” Sequence. In this Press Release we will discuss the next leg of your Social Networks. Twitter can be a key tool in your Internet Marketing strategies. Twitter gives you access to a fast moving stream of interactions across many communities.

Besides their other benefits, Google is important for the access that it gives you towards getting your sites recognized and ranked, while Facebook continues to have the most widespread audience. Twitter can be easily linked to your Facebook posts giving you extra exposure without any more work.

Get Started:
In your OneNote notebook, go to Setups and add a page for Twitter. Copy the Preparation for Twitter (see below) to your new page. Review the information and prepare your entries.

Open your KeePass Password Tool to the Social Media Group. Click on the Wrench Icon to “Add Entry”. Set the Title to “Twitter”, User Name to “yourEmail@wherever”. Choose or Generate the password. *NB: Generate using pattern “lllllldddddd” for ease with mobile.*  Set the URL to and Click [OK].  

*Note for later: The sign-in will accept either your Username or Email.*

On the Twitter entry in KeePass, Double Click on the URL to go to the Twitter sign in page. Enter your new account information; Full Name, Email, and Password. Click [Sign up for Twitter]

Complete sign up:
After signup, you can choose your Username. It will let you know if what you have chosen has been taken already. Twitter will also make several suggestions. Consider your branding efforts. Your Twitter handle has the potential to be seen by millions around the world.

To complete the application for account. Review the Default settings.
Default – Keep me signed-in on this computer. Choose.
Default – Tailor Twitter based on my recent website visits. Consider carefully.

As in all applications, take the time to review the Terms of Service. You can read these again at any time but it is a good Idea to understand the ground rules going in.

Review the information on the page and make any changes necessary. Then, Click [Create my account].

This will take you to the Welcome pages. Work your way through the process. By Twitter standards, the most important thing is to get you involved with Twitter. You will be presented with three opportunities to choose five accounts to Follow.

1) Build your timeline. Follow five from their list or add your own. Put in mine, Nove_Noga to see what happens. Feel free to Follow me. Just for fun, enter the name of your favorite sports or movie star.

2) Then they want you to find five more. They give you several groups to choose from. I followed several of the Museums. A great place to find things to share.

3) And, of course, they would like a look at your Contacts to add in your current friends. I was working from an empty account so I put Dale Earnhardt in the search tool and selected several there.

As you continue, you will be given the opportunity to upload your Twitter Photo or Avatar. The recommended image size is 400x400 Pixels. Technically they accept GIF, PNG, and JPG images. I had difficulty with anything besides the JPG. As an Internet Marketer, you want to build recognition and trust. Start with a personal image of you only. (Unless you are part of a team.) If you want to combine the image with a Logo, see my GIMP Tutorials at Nove-Noga.

Upload an image:
The recommended size for your Profile image is 400x400 pixels. *Note: The upload may not appear to do anything. Don’t worry, just go to the next page.*

Your Bio is up to 160 characters long and will appear on your Twitter page. It is easy to change but a little consideration of your branding efforts is well placed. As an alternative, this is a good place to put your other links.

Enter bio: (160 Characters)

With your Bio and Avatar in place, Click [Complete your profile].

This will take you to the page to complete your Profile. You can upload a different image for your Photo if Necessary. Upload a Header image. Recommended dimensions of 1500x500, maximum 5 MB file size. Check your name spelling and Presentation. (*NB: Neither ALL CAPS or lower case.) Add your Location and Website. Review your Bio. You can also Connect your Twitter account to Facebook. When you are happy with your changes, Click [Save Changes].

*NOTE: Twitter recently changed their Format which resulted in a change in Header dimensions. They changed from 1252x626 (2 to 1 aspect ratio) to 1500x500 (3 to 1 aspect ratio).*

Click [Change header]. Locate your prepared image in {File Upload}. Select header image and Click [Open]. Use the tool provided to position and size your photo. *Note: If your image is already the right size, no changes are necessary.* Click [Apply]

You are now prepared to send your first Tweet. Remember that you are working with Social Media. While your ultimate goal may be to market to your Twitter Followers, first you need to build relationships. Gain their interest with amusing or informative posts so that when it is time to begin your marketing efforts, you are not dismissed out of hand.

You can make changes to your Account in Settings: On the Menu bar, Click the Gear Icon for “Settings and help”. After any changes, Click [Save changes].

Account: Username, Email, Language, Time zone, Country, and more.
Security and Privacy: Set your Security and Privacy options.
Password: Reset Password.
Mobile: Add your mobile phone to account, download Apps, and Activate Twitter text messaging.
Email Notifications: Adjust Email notifications to suit your needs.
Web Notifications: Much the same for notifications in your browser.
Profile: Make changes to your; Name, Location, Website, and Bio. Connect to Facebook.
Design: Customize your Twitter page.
Apps: See the Applications that can access your Twitter account. This is where you would Revoke undesired access.
Widgets: Create and manage your widgets.
Once you have your Twitter account set up the way you want, you may want to go to Facebook and link them together. Or, you might want to wait until you have your Fan Page set up and do them both together.

*-*-*-*-* Preparation for Twitter *-*-*-*-*
*Note: Twitter Address Format:
Twitter Sign up: GoTo
Full name: (As you want it shown on Twitter.)
Email: (Twitter can generate many emails. I like Hotmail or Outlook)
Password: (Generate using pattern “lllllldddddd” for ease with mobile.)

Username: (Seen with every Tweet, will your Brand Identity work?)

Your First Follows: (List up to 15 Accounts you want to follow with your new twitter account. You can unfollow these later as necessary.)

Profile Image: Location and Name in your computer. (400x400 pixel JPG, PNG or GIF of 700k max.)
Bio: (160 Characters. This is what will appear in your Twitter page. Consider your branding efforts.)

Photo: Recommended 400x400 Pixels JPG.
Header: Recommended 1500x500 Pixels JPG. (I had trouble with PNG)

Location: (Where in the world do you live?)
Website: (If you don’t have another, you might list your IBOsocial page.)
*-*-*-*-* End Preparation for Twitter *-*-*-*-*

Remember to Confirm your Twitter account. Go to your email account, find the email and Click the button [Confirm your account now].

To Recap:
Tools – OneNote or other Notebook tool, KeePass Password Tool.

Tasks – Create page for Twitter under Setups in OneNote, Use Preparation for Twitter as a guide to setting up your account, Add Twitter to Social Media group in KeePass, Create your new Twitter account using the information that you prepared.

Knowing how things work is the first step towards making them work the way you want. Twitter has a “hard ceiling” of the number of people you can Follow set at 2000. Up to that point you are welcome to Follow as many as you want. You will be warned when you reach that point. I have seen the mega accounts so they must have a way to proceed. It seemed like I could Follow or Followback one or two a day after I hit their “hard ceiling”.

To get a handle on the problem, I started using the Free service UnFollowSpy to manage my account. You can easily review those who don’t Follow you back and UnFollow accordingly. *NB: UnFollowSpy will only let you UnFollow 100 per day. I believe this is to keep you out of trouble with Twitter.*

I am hoping that having a balance between those Following me and those I have Followed will make it easier to get through the “hard ceiling”. Look for another report when I reach that point again. Until then, please note that if you do not Followback or if you UnFollow me, I will likely UnFollow you.

In a side note, while trying to resolve my Follow problem, I sent out nearly 150 Direct Messages (DMs). At which point, Twitter issued me a warning that what I was doing looked like SPAM. Limit yourself to a hundred DMs in a day and you should be okay.

Finally, as we finish adding Twitter to your Social Networks, we come to the use of TrueTwit Validation Service. In the early days, I got tired of validating my Twitter Followers and signed up with TrueTwit as a self-defense measure. In preparation for this PR, I came across several posts decrying the use of TrueTwit. In response, I terminated my service. A robot message is not the first message I want new Followers to see. Should it be yours?

Next “Where do You Start?” PR by Nove-Noga:
Your Social Networks - LinkedIn
© 6/20/2014
Revised 1/6/2015

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