Get Strategic with Twitter

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The ways people and businesses are coming up with to use and benefit from Twitter are growing at an astounding rate. Take a few minutes today – or bookmark this post for later – and read up on some of the starteigc ways Twitter pioneers are using this free, rapidly expanding service for business.

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Glen Allsop posted 7 Uncommon Ways to Use Twitteron TwiTip. Reputation management is one example:

With the internet growing in popularity by the day, anyone can ‘Google’ your name and find out a lot of information about you, therefore it’s important that there are no negative results in the top 10 listings. If you are working on protecting yourself, you can build an optimised Twitter profile and update it regularly so that you cover one of those top spaces.

If school teachers are using Twitter, shouldn’t you?

Rankin uses a weekly hashtag to organize comments, questions and feedback posted by students to Twitter during class. Some of the students have downloaded Tweetdeck to their computers, others post by SMS or by writing questions on a piece of paper. Rankin then projects a giant image of live Tweets in the front of the class for discussion and suggests that students refer back to the messages later when studying.

Chris Brogan coaches you to make sure your tweets are not all about you and what you’re selling. My favorite of his 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business:

Instead of answering the question, “What are you doing?”, answer the question, “What has your attention?”  

Need more?

Check out Twitter Blog, the official company blog, TwitTip, Problogger Darren Rowse’s blog all about Twitter, and Mashable, covers Twitter and all other social media as well.

Got a great tip? Think Twitter is worthless? Let us know – comment below!

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  1. Phil Gerbyshak's Gravatar Comment by Phil Gerbyshak on June 3rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Twitter can be a great tool to connect to great folks who love to share ideas, and to connect with folks you’d otherwise have no chance of connecting to.

    I love Chris’ tip: what has your attention. I’d switch that up a bit for how to use Twitter: WHO has your attention? Focus on them and see what they have to say. Learn more about what they’re saying, understand why they’re saying it, and engage (don’t stalk) them.

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