3. Direct message other tweeters. Tweet “d @username” and the message is sent only to that user (it is unbroadcasted). When you tweet @username, your message is broadcasted to everyone, and it alerts the tweeter that you’re talking to them (like yelling across the bar to someone). NOTE: You can only direct message Twitter users who are already following you. And only the people you are following can diect message you
5. Create your Twitterwire by following a few news sources.
Hashtags are an important tool for following topics, including breaking news. A hashtag is just a short character string preceded by “#” inserted anywhere in a tweet. Used consistently, that makes it possible to track topics simply by searching Twitter for the hashtag string. For instance, here are current posts related to the Dec. 21 Harriman, TN coal ash spill — a topic that tweeters are tagging with #coalash. Find hashtags here. How to start a hashtag. If you tweet about a popular topic, use the hashtag so more people will find and follow you.
8. Send multimedia tweets:
- Photos:( http://www.twitpic.com )
- Polls: ( http://twitter.polldaddy.com/ )
- Video and more: ( http://twitplus.com/default.aspx )
9. Crowdsource. Tweet a question to your followers.
10. Group report. Simultaneously report as a group. You can do this by using a hashtag, or by giving several people access to a special-purpose Twitter account.
11. Put it on your site. Make a widget with an RSS feed from your Twitter account ( http://www.widgetbox.com )
Other Twitter tips:
- Keep track of when people mention you ( http://Tweetbeep.com )
- Make sure no spammers are following you ( http://twerpscan.com/ )
- Make it easy for people to tweet your work ( http://twitthis.com/ )
- 181 free ways to help you find followers ( http://www.twitip.com/181-twitter-buttons-badges-widget-and-counters-to-help-you-find-followers/ )
- More tips on Poynter’s Delicious page ( http://delicious.com/poynter/twitter )