10 Quick Twitter Tips for Beginners

Do These Things First If You're Just Getting Started on Twitter

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Are you new to Twitter? The popular microblogging platform has been around for years now, but that doesn't mean you've missed the boat. With just a few essential Twitter tips, you'll be a pro-tweeter in no time.

1. Decide Whether You Want a Public or Private Profile

Twitter is considered to be a very open and public social network where anyone can see your tweets and interact with you. By default, your profile is set to public, but you can change that setting so that only the people who follow you (which requires your approval first) can interact with your view and your activity.

Recommended: How to Make Your Twitter Profile Private

2. Get Familiar with the Basics of Twitter Use and Interaction

Before you jump right in, you may want to consider checking out some other user profiles to see how they use Twitter. You can learn a lot by observing other people's behavior and habits so that you have a good idea of what sort of Twitter etiquette exists.

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3. Understand How Retweets Work

Retweets are a huge part of Twitter, and they're often what make certain pieces of content go viral. Retweeting is pretty simple to do, but there are a few different ways of doing it. Understanding which form is best for the type of retweet you want to post is helpful to know.

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4. Understand How Hashtags Work

Hashtags help categorize tweets on Twitter and make it easier for users to find and follow tweets according to a specific theme (marked by a hashtag).

Unfortunately, there are far too many users who abuse the hashtag trend. Make sure you're not one of them.

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5. Tweet at the Right Times of Day When Your Twitter Followers Are Most Active

Depending on who your Twitter followers are and where they're located in the world, your best tweets may not even be seen if you're tweeting them at a time when they're not paying attention to their feeds.

You may want to experiment with tweeting at different times throughout the day to see what results in the most interaction.

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6. Use Twitter from Your Mobile Device

Twitter is great to use from the regular web, but it really shines from a mobile device. You can take your smartphone or tablet with you on the go and tweet about what you're doing or whatever thoughts pop up at the moment. Using Twitter on mobile can be really fun and somewhat addictive!

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7. Tweet Photos to Make Your Tweets More Visually Appealing

It's a known fact that tweets with photos in them receive more engagement from followers. That's because they show up in your followers' feeds and grab their attention right away (especially if they're using Twitter from a mobile device).

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8. Get More Involved with Conversations by Joining a Twitter Chat

Twitter can feel a bit lonely if you're not connected to too many people who are very active, so joining a Twitter chat or two can be a great way to interact with other like-minded users, find more uses to follow and attract more followers yourself.

It's a great way to expand your network.

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9. Automate Your Blog RSS Feed to Tweet New Posts

If you have your own blog or if you just enjoy reading any other particular blog online, you can take its RSS feed and use a tool to automatically tweet out new posts whenever it detects anything new that's been published. This saves you the time and energy of doing it manually.

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10. Use Social Media Management Tools to Schedule and Automate Your Tweets

Speaking of Twitter automation, there are all sorts of amazing third-party tools out there that can connect to your Twitter account and allow you to manage it so much more effectively.

You can even write a tweet today and have it automatically scheduled to be tweeted out tomorrow.

Recommended: 10 of the Best Social Media Management Apps and How to Schedule Tweets Using TweetDeck

For more resources on Twitter, check out 10 New Twitter Features You Should Know About to make sure you're up to date on some of its most recent big changes.

Updated by: Elise Moreau