Don’t steal somebody else’s Tweet without giving them credit. Either say RT @jfouts and then quote the tweet verbatim or give the text and then (via @jfouts ) as a credit. The only exception to this is if the Tweet has been re-tweeted several times, and then you can credit the original tweeter. When you… Read More


To send a message to your network in general, just put your thoughts in the text entry box and hit update. Really, it’s that simple. If you want to send a link though I recommend you use a URL shortening tool like tinyURL, Bit.ly, Ow.ly or Su.pr (Google them) to make the URL short and… Read More


I’m stunned that even after all this time, Twitter doesn’t send out a welcome message with basic instructions on how to use their service. It would be really simple, but I guess they think it’s intuitive. It’s not. Using the Twitter website: Login with your username and password. See that box that says “What are… Read More


Image by Getty Images via Daylife Profile image: The thumbnail icon that is your avatar is another way people are going to decide if you’re interesting or not. If they see your shining face along with influential discussions in their area of interest they’re going to remember you and want to talk to you. You… Read More


The most important thing to do before you start following people is get your Twitter Profile done. Bio, picture, links to important info and a color scheme all help tell your story. When somebody is deciding to follow you or not, they’re going to come to this page to see who you are. If it’s… Read More


Twitter is one of my favorite networks, but at first I didn’t get it at all. I followed a few friends, and searched the main Twitter stream for interesting things to read, but it seemed to be nothing but random chat. How in the world was this going to be useful for my business? After… Read More


Like any community there are a lot of un-written laws to how you tweet on Twitter. Most of it is just plain common courtesy and some of it is specific to the platform. What I’m posting here in no particular order are the ones I try to remember and I encourage you to add your… Read More


One of the things that drives me bonkers about Twitter is that when they start to get a heavy load they turn off pagination, or even replies. This means if someone replied to an interesting Tweet last night you’re going to miss it. Using clients like Twhirl let’s you view these older tweets, but you… Read More


As soon as I saw Seesmic’s shiny new desktop I gave up Nambu. The only things I miss are the link list, (you can scan all the links you’ve received or sent) and the notes indicating how many messages were in the lists in the left-hand navigation. Seesmic recently introduced a host of new features… Read More


First off Twitter is not all about numbers. You need followers and at first you need to figure out how to find them and connect and that’s what this post is about. It is NOT advice on how to get thousands of followers just for the sake of numbers. Be a regular tweeter. Try to… Read More


Twitter is becoming increasingly hard to ignore as both a marketing tool and a traffic builder, but that still doesn’t mean it’s for everybody. There are a few ways for a small business to use this social media tool: Listen for mentions of your product, your brand or news in your industry Drive traffic to… Read More