Twitter Business Posting Guide Conclusion
Step 5. Direct Messages
You can send direct messages to anyone who is following you. Like tweets, these are limited to 140 characters, and you can specify that notification of direct messages (or replies to yours) goes to the inbox of the email address you signed up with.
To read direct messages that have been sent to you:
Click on the gear icon in your top, horizontal menu.
Then select the new message.
To send a direct message to a Twitter contact:
Do as above, but click on the New Message button.
- Start typing the Twitter handle of the person you want to reach. When it appears, click on it to populate the “To” field
- Enter your message in the textarea box (it will become un-greyed-out the moment you click on it)
- Once you have finished and hit enter, the Send button will turn blue. Press it to send your message.
Note that you can receive messages from anyone on Twitter you are currently following – but if they are not following you, you cannot initiate a message.
A Word of Caution:
If you use Twitter’s own link shortening service within your direct message, be aware that t.co messages are not private, but public.
Twitter uses its own link shortening service automatically, if you are doing things like uploading photographs, and you cannot opt out.
You can still use link shortening services like bit.ly in your tweets.
Use direct messages wisely and sparingly. Remember that people use Twitter because of its immediacy and convenience. Having to go check out a private message because you’ve received a notification in your email inbox is not something that Twitter users enjoy doing unless there’s a really good reason.
Step 6. Keeping Yourself Secure on Twitter
Remember that Twitter is a highly public platform, and (as with social networks like Facebook) don’t share anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read – no matter how carefully you observe the rules. Glitches happen. Social sites get hacked. Play it safe.
Beyond that, be aware that Twitter has no control over URLs tweets send you to. These links could send you straight to sites loaded with questionable content or malware.
The same goes for links in headers, so if a profile looks the slightest bit suspicious, better to avoid clicking through.
Twitter Support has provided an excellent article on basic Twitter safe practices, so do check it out for further tips.
Step 7. Twitter for Mobile
Using Twitter via your mobile has a completely different pile of tips and tricks yet again. These differ depending on your mobile device, so be sure to check out the Twitter Help Section for mobile apps and tips.
(Choose the sections relevant to your mobile device and preferences.)
Step 8. Adding the Twitter Button to your website
There are many apps you can use to maximize your Twitter experience and Twitter reach – but whichever you ultimately choose, be sure to add a tweet button to your website.
Adding a Twitter button is the easiest thing in the world, so there’s no excuse for not doing it right away!
- Make sure you are logged into your Twitter account
- Go to the button generator
- Choose your button
- Once you select a radio button, customization options will open up. Select the options you want, test your button and copy-paste the code right into your website HTML or WordPress blog text widget
It doesn’t matter what content you share or how you share it on Twitter: The important thing is to start sharing.
After all, getting the conversation going is what it’s all about!