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what is twitterI remember when I started learning how to Twitter. My first reaction was “What in the world is the use of this waste of time?” Twitter was confusing, a waste of time, and without a point. It wasn’t until I decided I was going to finally sit down and figure it out that I actually began to “get it.”

The point is, Twitter can be quite the tool to get your proverbial head around. When things are tough, it’s nice to have a little help.  It’s for that reason that a blog like comes in handy. shares tips about how to Twitter. In fact, that’s what the name means: Twit-tip.

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There are 7 topics of Twitter tips covers.

(1) Twitter for beginners has help for the beginner Twitter user just learning how to Twitter. First of all, if you check out the bottom of the page, you’ll find a list of posts written specifically to help someone starting out.

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There’s also a whole category of posts directed towards the beginner. Some good posts from this category are the:

Concise Guide to Understanding Replies, Mentions and Direct Messages on Twitter – Part 1 and Part 2
Tame The Beast: How To Use Twitter So It Doesn’t Suck Up Your Time And Attention
How to Get Noticed on Twitter.

(2) How to get Twitter followers

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One of the difficult parts of getting going with Twitter is building a following. It would be nice if we had more than our parents and best friend following us. One of the reasons for using Twitter is to be heard, right?  With posts like

How to Grow an Interested Following on Twitter using RSS,
6 “REAL” Reasons Why Followers Follow,
Get More Followers by Spending Less Time on Twitter

we can get a little bit of help.

(3) Twitter tools

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As you know from reading MakeUseOf, there are many tools being developed to make Twitter a better, more productive tool:

Well, there just so happens to be a category on covering Twitter tools too. Sometimes it’s interesting to hear different voices, ideas and opinions on the same subject. Check out Tweepi – Twitter Follow Management With Stats and How To Use CoTweet To Join The Conversation.

(4) General Twitter tips

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It’s great to get tips from people who have experience! If we can find anything good to learn about how to use Twitter, it could be found in the Tips category. Check these tips out: When NOT to Tweet, Twitter – The Art of Influence, and Get More Mileage Out of Your Blog Archives with Twitter Teasers

(5) Twitter for business

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Businesses are getting into Twitter BIG time! There are several businesses I follow just so I can keep up with new developments. Businesses use Twitter in several ways, one of which is to build a brand. Apparently you can also use Twitter to find a job!  Who knew?

(6) Twitter Users

what is twitter also has a whole category about how to find out WHO to follow. Are you new to Twitter and you don’t know who to follow? Find out who’s who and how to find the people YOU would want to listen to. Try these posts: The Top 12 Unique Causes to Follow on Twitter, Moms: The Spiders on the Social Media Web, and Twitter: The Real-Time Answer Engine.

(7) Twitter news

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This category is all about news about Twitter. For instance, since Twitter released its “List” feature, there’s been some buzz about it. Check out these 2 articles talking about it: Twitter Lists In Detail or, “Yo Dawg, I Heard U Like Lists!” and 8 Things to Consider Before Using Twitter Lists.

If you like to read blogs (and hopefully you do because MakeUseOf is an awesome one!) and you want some help with Twitter, you really need to check out  It’s a blog that is offering help!

Closer to home, don’t forget to check out our very own Twitter Guide: Best Practices and Tips [PDF Guide] Twitter: Best Practices and Tips Twitter: Best Practices and Tips Read More to help you get started with Twitter.

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  1. Adam
    November 19, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Twitips is a great resource. But I have to mention that as a new twitter user I found a lot of value at they also have many posts geared to beginners and a Twitter Guide. Together, bot sites were a great resource for me. Great post!

    • Tim
      November 20, 2009 at 1:52 am

      I'll take note, Adam! Thanks!

  2. Sandy Jones
    November 16, 2009 at 9:21 am


    I believe that your blog is a godsend. I can't believe how much I need to learn. I have forwarded your article page to several friends in need of help. I have signed up for your email list as well. Thank you for being there for us techno twerps learning Twitter.

    • Tim
      November 16, 2009 at 11:36 am

      Techno twerps? That's a new one for me! Don't feel so twerpie because EVERYONE has to start somewhere. As you can tell from the beginning of this article, I too had a hard time understanding Twitter at first.

  3. Tim
    November 15, 2009 at 7:57 am

    In my opinion, there are different benefits to both Facebook AND Twitter. Check out this article: Twitter versus Facebook: Should you Choose One?

  4. Nick
    November 15, 2009 at 7:23 am

    OK - Fine. I'll give TwiTips a chance. I have to say, I keep seeing these guides to the benefits of Twitter, and it just makes me doubt the benefits. Facebook was an easy-to-understand concept and the benefit was immediate. Off to TwiTips

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