The Many Uses of Twitter

I am pretty sure you all heard of Twitter. But in case you are new to social media tools, twitter can be simply described as a micro-blogging site. It gives you 140 characters (maximum) for each thing you want to write. You can follow people and they can follow you back. You get to customize the background if you want and you are most definitely encouraged to fill in your bio and upload a picture. Twitter is free to use. You can share your thoughts, whereabouts, links and pretty much anything else you want to “tweet about”. Tweets are those little messages (the ones that contain a maximum of 140 characters). Twitter has a whole lingo of its own and the more you use it, the more you will get the hang of it.

Twitter is a must if you are a freelancer and/or you are interested in the new media . Yes, you can use Twitter for socializing, meeting new friends and updating your friends about the latest mischief your cat got into but if you are not using Twitter beyond getting chatty, you are missing out on a great potential, especially if at least a part of your income depends on the internet.

I am a freelancer. I write and blog on a freelance basis. I market my work through social media, and Twitter is one of the tools I use. Granted, Twitter alone is not enough. But neither is LinkedIn, or Facebook. The idea is to find an optimum of these three giants, and maybe even add a couple of more niche-specific sites to the mix. But ignoring Twitter completely is pretty much one of the worst things you can do.

Below is a list of some of the things you can do with Twitter:

1) You can follow the tweets of people you want to learn from, whether it is a politician, your favorite writer or actor or just your friends.
2) You can send links to your blog, website and articles.
3) You can meet like-minded people. Twitter has a great application called Twellow, a name that combines yellow pages and Twitter.
4) One of the indicators of your power on the web is how many followers you have. Just try to balance the number of you followers and the people you are following. It is better to have more followers and it is best to have relevant followers. If you are a writer, you do want writers on your list; rather than lawyers and real estate agents.
5) You can advertise other people’s articles and tweets and there are special websites that let you register for free and leave it up to you to promote anything you like.
6) You can find a job.
7) You can communicate with your friends/colleagues/employers/employees/readers….
8) You can explore, learn and have fun.

Twitter has multiple uses and it is totally up to you to make the most of it.