In the past, I often questioned the real value of Twitter. With all the buzz surrounding this social media platform, I wondered: Does it genuinely enhance one’s online presence and brand? Are individuals truly intrigued by what others have to tweet? Can it drive more traffic to a website and, in turn, increase sales?
After extensive research, I’ve gathered some insights for those considering Twitter and for those who are recently new to Twitter. These brief insights aim to shed light on the numerous advantages Twitter can offer to businesses and organisations
The Core Concept of Twitter
Twitter’s primary function is to provide a quick and efficient means of communication. Users can connect with friends, family, and business colleagues, updating them on their thoughts, news, or anything they find of interest. When a user posts a message, known as a ‘tweet’, on their Twitter profile, this message is instantly shared with all their followers. Moreover, this tweet becomes searchable on Twitter, allowing any Twitter member globally to read and potentially engage with that post. Users can send messages through the web or via their mobile phones.
To grow their network, users can:
- Search for individuals on twitter.com.
- Connect with friends from other platforms.
- Invite friends through email.
- Make Twitter part of their business digital strategy.
Following someone on Twitter means subscribing to their updates. Users can also highlight specific individuals as favourites using a star icon. Once a tweet is live, it cannot be edited, but it can be deleted.
Twitter Terminology 101
- Tweet: A message or update posted on a Twitter account.
- @reply: A public message visible to all Twitter users, sent from one user to another. The placement of the ‘@username’ determines if it’s seen as a reply or a mention.
- Direct message: A private message between two users. To send a direct message, you must follow the recipient.
- Retweet or RT: Sharing someone else’s tweet.
- Hash Tag #: Used to highlight a specific topic or keyword. For instance, using ‘#Facebook’ would link to related content on that topic.
Why Twitter Can Be Beneficial for Your Business
There are numerous compelling reasons to integrate Twitter with your other social media marketing strategies. Tweeting can significantly benefit your business. It’s user-friendly, cost-efficient, and doesn’t demand much of your time. Incorporating Twitter into your social media toolkit can effectively boost awareness of what your company offers. So, why wait? Try your first TWEET today.