Ok, so I am an Internet Marketer in my real life, but to be honest I finally really using Twitter September 2010 after reading The Twitter Book by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein.
The biggest mistake I was making was trying to use Twiiter like Facebook. They are two different animals. On Twitter try to find everyone in your niche interest group and follow them. You can follow me here http://twitter.com/#!/coachparker_org and find a ton of football coaches, sportswriters and players from my following list. This is how I got started. I found a several youth football coaches and started following them and their follow lists. Soon I was following close to 300 people. It sounds like a ton but it is not.
Increase the people you follow was the main point the book taught me. Follow more than just your freinds and professional acquaintances. Choose credible people to follow by looking:
- Who is following them
- How many tweets
- Subject of Tweets
- Recent activity of Tweets (at least that week)
- How many people are following them
- Are they listed and how many
Try to follow at least 200 people to get a feel of what is going on. You can always add, delete and change your follows. Don't be scared. Jump in and get started. You will be glad you did. I am so happy I started tweeting because I have picked up some very good information.
I highly recommend The Twitter Book.