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20 Twitter Tricks to Make You Become an Expert in Tweeting

20 Twitter Tricks to Make You Become an Expert in Tweeting

To truly unleash the power of social media, you must dedicate yourself to learning the tricks of the trade. This usually requires a generous learning curve and fair amount of trial and error. However, if you’re looking for a fast-track to social media success, Twitter may be the best place to start. It’s one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the Web, and it is known as the place where Internet news breaks first. While there are hundreds of unique features, capabilities, and tips, the following 20 tricks are all you need to become a Twitter expert.

1. Establish your goals.

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    As with any new marketing tool you pursue, you must establish your goals and tone. The best place to start is with your purpose. Why are you using Twitter? For some, it may be to grow brand exposure or interact with customers. For others, it’s purely personal. The best way to establish goals is to focus on your passions and interests. It will all flow naturally from there.

    2. Use a good profile image.

    Much like a good meta description or headline is valuable for a blog post, a good image is a must for your profile. While Twitter will hand out its iconic egg picture as your default image, be sure to change it right away. Generally, anyone with an egg profile image is considered unprofessional in the Twittersphere. Your image should be simple yet engaging. Ideally, a well-taken headshot or company logo will do the trick.

    3. Target industry keywords.

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      So your tweets show up in relevant searches. Thanks to tools like the Google Keyword Planner, it’s easy to find out what your followers are interested in.

      4. Develop a #hashtag.

      There was a time when marketers wondered if hashtags were a phase, but they have solidified themselves in mainstream culture enough to be considered a fixture. If you want to garner a large following, it’s important to develop a unique and easily identifiable hashtag that has the ability to become synonymous with your name, brand, or Twitter handle.

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      5. Create a follow list.

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        For some, Twitter is less about gaining followers and more about having access to a streamlined, real-time newsfeed. If you want to narrow your focus and have your feed only display certain content, you can create a follow list. You can then manually control which accounts are displayed.

        6. Follow peers and competitors.

        Twitter is a unique way to gain insights about your industry peers and competition. By following their accounts, you can see what they’re doing, what issues they’re focused on, and how they interact and engage with customers.

        7. Tweet at the right time.

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          According to research studies, the best time to Tweet is between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Data shows that engagement peaks and content has a better likelihood of going viral between these times.

          8. Engage with followers.

          Twitter is less about barking at people and more about engaging with them. If you want to use Twitter in the right way, start developing unique methods for engaging with followers.

          9. Learn to curate.

          Learning how to curate content is a major skill on Twitter. By being able to put a new spin on old information, you can push out fresh content without spending hours thinking about it.

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          10. Use advanced search.

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            Looking for something very specific? Use Twitter’s advanced search feature to find it. You can filter your search by words, phrases, hashtags, dates, times, location, and more.

            11. Go mobile.

            Twitter’s mobile app is one of the most responsive apps on the market. In fact, it could be better than the desktop browser version. For Tweeting on the go, download the mobile app for your smartphone.

            12. Strike a balance.

            For Tweeters, there is a fine line to walk between not tweeting enough and tweeting too often. According to one suggestion, you should never Tweet more than 14 times per day or once per hour.

            13. Market your handle.

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              Just as your website, email address, and contact information should be shared with people in your network, so should your Twitter handle. Many websites allow you to publish your handle in your profile, and you should take full advantage of this opportunity to drive traffic to your tweets.

              14. Favorite tweets.

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                There’s definitely a strong element of give and take on Twitter. To show you’re listening and not just looking for followers, favorite the tweet you like by clicking on the accompanying star.

                15. Think before you tweet.

                You must think before you start typing. Tweets have the ability to go viral in a matter of seconds, and any information you put forth could come back to haunt you in the future. Learn your lesson from these folks.

                16. Limit self-promotion.

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                  Twitter is certainly a great place for self-promotion and marketing, but you have to let it happen naturally. Too much self-promotion can land you in the bad graces of your followers.

                  17. Connect with your blog.

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                    To facilitate traffic between your Twitter page and your blog, consider linking them up. Better yet, add a Twitter share button at the bottom of each blog post to encourage readers to share your content.

                    18. Use direct tweets carefully.

                    Direct tweets—i.e. those with an @ sign—can be effective. However, strike a balance between mass tweets and direct tweets.

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                    19. Use landscape-oriented images.

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                      For the best appearance on a Twitter feed, use landscape-oriented images (2:1 dimension).

                      20. Don’t overuse hashtags.

                      We’ve all seen the guy that uses 10 hashtags at the end of a tweet. If your hashtags involve more characters than your original tweet, you’re doing something wrong. As a rule of thumb, never use more than three hashtags in a single tweet.

                      While Twitter is an extremely detailed social media platform, you can be well on your way to expert status by following these simple tips. Happy Tweeting!

                      Featured photo credit: Shawn Campbell via flickr.com

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                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                      Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                      Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                      In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                      1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                      A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                      If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                      2. Fix Your Posture

                      If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                      Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                      3. Hold Your Posture

                      It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                      Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                      4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                      The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                      Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                      So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                      5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                      Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                      6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                      Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                      Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                      7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                      The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                      Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                      8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                      Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                      9. Check out Some Online Games

                      There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                      10. Dictation Practice

                      If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                      11. Monitor Your Progress

                      Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                      12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                      There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                      Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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