1) Be a Good Twitter Citizen
If you have a primary ID, name or handle that you use for email or social networks, use the same one on Twitter so youâ€™ll be easily recognized. And in your profile be sure to link back to your Web site, blog or socnet page so folks know whoâ€™s following them. The more context you can provide the better â€“ especially if youâ€™re like me and donâ€™t update every single day.
And remember that, while it offers the immediacy of SMS texting, Twitter offers the permanence of blogging. What youÂ say on Twitter stays on Twitter.
2) Send Direct Messages Faster
Sending private messages directly from Twitterâ€™s web interface can be a pain if you have to scroll through a long list of mutual followers. Pressing the first letter of the personâ€™s ID while you are in the DM dropdown allows you to page through names quickly and easily. If you want to spam, er, DM a group of people at once, check outÂ Twitter Groups. Just use it sparingly as we all know how it feels when to get too many group messages. For folks using Twitter via IM, there are even more helpfulÂ commands.
3) Twitter Karma
The simplicity of Twitterâ€™s interface can sometimes be its curse. To figure out whoâ€™s following whom, check outÂ Twitter Karma. Twitter Karma makes it easy to see your overall follow status and add folks as desired.
4) Gauge Topic Traction
Want to see if theÂ Twitter community is chatting up or linking to a certain topic? You should check out any combination ofÂ Twitterverse, Twitterbuzz, Twitstat, and/orÂ Tweetscan.
5) Visualize, Data Mine
There are a couple ofÂ ways to quickly visualize your Twitter information.Â Twitter Blocks allows you to visually navigate your Twitter community of friends and followers.Â Tweetstats is like Twitter CSI. In a few seconds, it makes it easy to assume thatÂ Robert Scoble probably used Twitter via the Web to send a note toÂ Eric Rice early on a Sunday morning in November. Or does that read like the game Clue?
6) Fun with Twitter
Most of these â€œtwicksâ€ are thanks to Twitterâ€™s API. Some of them seem to be created purely for the (nerdy) fun of it.Â Twittertale andÂ Tweetspeak are perfect examples of this. Then thereâ€™s the guilty pleasure ofÂ Twitter Confessions. Or check outÂ Twitterholic andÂ Tweeterboard to see if you know some folks that might need a Twittervention. Yep, two jokes in one hack. Not my first (or best) attempts atÂ Twitter humor.
7) What Does Twitter Look Like?
A Flickr search shows a ton results forÂ Twitter and there is also aÂ Twitter Group on the site. ButÂ Photophlow takes this a step further and mashes the two sitesÂ together.
8) Save the World
Twitter has potential in helping people get targeted information at a point of need. The Department of Health and Human Servicesâ€™ Office on Womenâ€™s Health uses Twitter toÂ broadcast health messages (viaCanuckflack).
AÂ Reuters article points out that â€œthese technologies all have a possible role to play in the aftermath of a natural disaster or human attack, when the danger is over, but not before. Why should anyone trust their lives and those of their families and friends, to systems which they cannot and do not trust even their credit card details to?â€
9) Know the News. First
You can subscribe to plenty of news sources on Twitter, includingÂ Reuters, The New York Times, Google News andÂ CNN Breaking News. Twitter tends to be an early warning system when it comes to breaking news and youâ€™ll see many stories there before you will on mainstream sites. Reporters are seeingÂ benefits to this.
10) Take Twitter with You
You can push your Twitterstream to Facebook to replace your update and serve it upÂ on your blog as well. This is good as folks are seeing Twitter cut into the volume of blog posts out there.