This is a follow-up to my earlier article, Mobile Phones and Social Media, and the first in line of a series on mobile phone and social media.
To benefit from this series, you should have a Twitter account. So, the first thing you need to do is sign up on Twitter if you do not have an account yet. On PC, go to twitter.com; on mobile: m.twitter.com.
But do not be in a hurry! It is important to know why you should get on board.
When I initially got on Twitter, I was doing it just to explore. I have since then changed my Twitter handle (username). *I almost wrote Facebook there* first
Why be on Twitter?
Here are a few reasons:
- To connect with people of shared interest all over the boy
- To build a platform for engaging with your clients and prospective clients
- To connect with celebrity on real time eg @toptosyn, @darey etc
- To know what current trends are
There may be other reasons. When you start to explore Twitter, you’d begin to see the many more uses to it. I must tell you that Twitter is still evolving and many of the uses are being defined and redefined by its users.
Decide why you’d like to be on twitter and get on the rave.
Twitter username or handle
While opening your account, you must have chosen a username (I will sometime refer to it as handle). You can always change it, if you don’t like it, or if you just want to go creative.
What should guide your selection of a username? Your selection of a username should be determined by the image that you want to project. I created a professional account/private, so I used my name and short form of my surname; @jesseoguns. Other examples are @mobilitynigeria for MobilityNigeria.com, and @iandbanks.
Avatar or Profile Picture
Make sure that you include an image. Don’t just leave your account with the default image. Your picture is okay, or an image to represent your brand. Sometimes people may choose not to follow you because you leave it blank, or because your avatar doesn’t look cool.
If you are promoting your brand, your logo should suffice. Brands like Mobility Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria and Dstv Nigeria all use their logos.
Your bio (short for biography) is what you want people to know about you at first glance. Depending on your type of account, It is also better not to leave it blank. Just check some of the handles I have shared within this post.
Whenever I received a message in my yahoo inbox that someone is now following me, before I decide to follow back, the bio is one of the things that determines if I’d like to follow the person or organisation. Take time to carefully craft yours so that it will pass the message you intend.
These are the very first steps, and they are quite easy to implement.
Go ahead and try this out. Comment your challenge below. If you are already conversant with using Twitter, tell us some of the things that helped you get started well and the few changes you have made.
Next time we’ll be talking about the different mobile tools that can help you get your Twitter rave on.