18 Twitter tips for newbies

Twitter can be a baffling frontier at first. Here are some guidelines for getting started—and gaining traction—in the realm of the 140-character update.

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Those of us who’ve been using Twitter for a while might forget that there are new adopters every day. Trying to figure out Twitter back in its early days was bad enough; can you imagine what it’s like today?

Here are 18 Twitter tips for newbies. They include tips on how to get set up with and effectively use a social network I love.

1. Use a real photo of yourself for your avatar. (I know, sounds like a duh moment, but you’d be surprised).

2. Make sure your avatar is “SFW” (safe for work… and yes, you’d be surprised again).

3. Use your real name, or some variation thereof, as your Twitter handle. Leave your inner Hotlips Houlihan alone.

4. Try to keep your Twitter handle to as few characters as possible. This gives you more “real estate” to use when actually tweeting.

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