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Understanding the basics of Twitter


Monday Productivity Pointers

with Jess Stratton

Video: Understanding the basics of Twitter

I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. Twitter is a microblogging social network that let's you read other peoples' tweets and let's you compose your own tweet. A tweet is a 140 character status update. Think of it like a Facebook post, if you use that service, if you were only limited to 140 characters. So, why would you want to use Twitter? Well, you can follow your favorite retail stores for some Twitter only coupons.
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    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s
    118. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
    119. Migrating to Google Apps
      9m 31s
    120. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
      3m 3s
    121. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
      6m 41s
    122. Using supplemental To Do apps
      3m 43s
    123. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
      2m 36s
    124. Four tips to teach kids about websites
      8m 19s
    125. Caring for family members from afar
      4m 39s
    126. Using Google Sheets to make templates
      4m 35s

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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube,, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

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Understanding the basics of Twitter

I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. Twitter is a microblogging social network that let's you read other peoples' tweets and let's you compose your own tweet. A tweet is a 140 character status update. Think of it like a Facebook post, if you use that service, if you were only limited to 140 characters. So, why would you want to use Twitter? Well, you can follow your favorite retail stores for some Twitter only coupons. You can follow news outlets and get breaking news as it happens.

You can follow celebrities and even tweet directly to them. You can follow your friends, customers, and family and read their updates. And finally, you can tweet your own updates to keep in touch with your friends, followers, clients and family. So what kinds of things should you tweet? Well, I can't answer that. But I can give you some ground rules that I like to follow. The first one is before I make a tweet, I always think would I want to read that if somebody else tweeted it? I also like to have two things, it can either entertain or inform.

Now, it doesn't always go as planned, but that rule is certainly a good place to start. In this video, I'm going to show you a little bit about how to use Twitter, including what the Twitter Stream is. How to compose your own tweet, how to reply, how to re-tweet and even what a Twitter hashtag is. Now, there's a lot to cover, so let's get started. I went to and logged into one of our sample Users. So here's the main Twitter page. On the left hand side at the very top, I can see who unlocked it as if I had multiple accounts.

I can see how many tweets I've made, how many people I'm following in my Twitter stream and how many people are following me to see the tweets that I've sent. On the right hand side, I'm scrolling down, this is the main Twitter stream. This is the Twitter stream of all the people I follow and what they're tweeting, live as it happens, in chronological order. My Twitter stream is going to look completely different from somebody else's Twitter stream, based on who I'm following. So, here's how to tweet in it's simplest form.

Come over here on the left hand side into the compose new tweet button. Put the cursor there and start typing your tweet. I can see at the bottom how many characters I have left, it subtracts it from that 140 character total and I can also add pictures and links and other things. When I'm ready to go, click the Blue tweet button. And my tweet gets posted. Now, of those seven followers I have, this tweet here just appeared in their Twitter stream also. Now, while I'm reading a tweet, sometimes you want to reply to one.

I can do that, by hovering my mouse over the tweet. And clicking one of these buttons. I can reply to the tweet, I can re-tweet it to all my followers which I'll talk about later and I can favorite it so that I can read it again. For now, I'm going to click the Blue Reply button. And now I can start typing my reply. Now it's a reply because the User Name of the person that i am replying to is right at the beginning. If I click Tweet, my reply gets added to this conversation.

Now, nobody else can see this reply except at Lynda and anybody else that's following both me. And Linda, so that's important to note. Now sometimes, you want everybody to see this reply and in that case, there's a few tricks that you can do. The first thing is you can tweet a User Name, anywhere in the tweet but at the front. Now you can do that in one of a few ways. You can put a dot at the beginning of it, or you can also put the User Name anywhere in the tweet that's not the beginning.

So now, because that User Name's not at the beginning to mark it as a private reply so that, only people that follow me an Lynda can see it, now that it's embedded anywhere, in the tweet itself, anybody can see this reply. So, here's how to Retweet. If I take this tweet, and click the Retweet button, I'm going to get a popup that asks if want to Retweet this to my followers. I can click the Retweet button and now.

This entire tweet will show up in all my follower's Twitter streams. Even though they're not following themselves. This is a great tool, when you see a tweet that you want to share with everybody, that's important. But you don't want to type it out yourself again. It's also a great way for people to learn some new people to follow. So, how do you see these replies that people typed you? If I scroll all the way up to the top of my Twitter stream, I'm going to come up to this Connect tab.

If I click the Connect tab, here's where I can see all my interactions. This is where people replied to me and put my User Name anywhere in their tweets. For example, here's a reply, because my username is at the beginning, and here's also an embedded tweet. So this means that, other people saw this tweet who are following @NerdGirlJess which is my other Twitter account actually. So you can also find new people to follow this way for example here's somebody that sent a tweet to me and if I click on their Name it brings up their profile.

I can read some of their tweets to see if they seem interesting and if it sounds like somebody that I want to follow, that is if I want their tweets to appear on my Twitter stream, I can click this Follow button. Now I can see I'm following them, so I can click the Close button. And when I click Home to return my Twitter stream, any of their tweets such as these will now show up in my stream. So let's talk about hashtags. Hash tags is a great way for people to find like minded tweets.

For example, if I'm at a conference, and that conference has a particular hashtag like edt2013, I can put that hashtag in my tweet and everybody can find it in one go. For example now, you'll notice that it's blue. That's because I preceded that word with the hashtag sign. Meaning that people can click on it and see any tweets that have that particular key combination in there. So this is a great way if I'm not at a conference, but I still want to know what's going on in the keynote, I can follow this hashtag.

So as keynotes come up, and important facts about that conference come up. Other people will tweet them and then I can read them all in one place, so I will do a tweet right now with a hashtag and it's probably a bad example because hash tag should be short because they do count against that 140 character limit, but this is a good one to use as an example so you can also use hash tags as part of your tweet. It doesn't have to be appointed to the end, it can be anywhere in the tweet at all. So I've got my tweet, it contains pound Monday productivity pointers.

I can click Tweet and off it goes. So here it is on my Twitter stream. An if I wanted to find any tweets that have to do with that hashtag, I simply, click on it. So as you can see, there's a number of tweets that have that hashtag in there. Now, I don't need to know all these people or be following them. If it contains that text and it's recent, it will show up in my search. I don't even have to click on this, I can come right up here to the Search box and put it in.

Hit the Enter key, and my search comes up. As you'll see, it's already Indexed that most recent tweet that I did, and I can even see my tweets in there. So hashtags are basically like minded tweets aggregated in one place about a certain subject. Its great for following news events, live as it happens conferences or even just to have some fun on a Friday afternoon. So that's a little insight into what Twitter is, how to use it, how to find people to follow. I hope it's given you some good advice to start using Twitter for what it was really intended for to socially interact with lots of like minded people.

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