After one particularly fruitful Google Talk conversation with Lorraine, who was getting ready to start promoting her local AIGA chapter on Twitter (@AIGAKC) but who had no idea how to use Twitter and even less time to play around with it, I realized that there is no really good beginner’s guide to using Twitter (Lorraine now tweets at @LorraR). Sarah (@SarahJoAustin), who is the web development guru at her church, LifePoint in Ozark, Missouri, and who has recently discovered the vast applications of Twitter in the church, also knew that she would need to find or create a useful, easy-to-swallow beginner’s guide to share with her church body.
Sarah and I (@xgravity23) turn into complete tech nerd heads when we get together (physically or over the Internet), so naturally we tossed this idea around. And it became bigger and bigger each time we discussed it in 140-character messages. We started a shared Google Doc and just poured all of our ideas into it. We even gave our project a code name, Hawk, so we could more easily discuss it within Twitter’s limits. And If you’d like all of our guides and tips in one place, download (and share!) our free eBook (huge thanks to Chris/@typografika!)
Today, this very fun collaborative project has come to fruition. We’ve broken it into four sections, which will be posted on both Sarah‘s and my blog. Here’s a preview of what is to come in the series.
- Basic Twitter Functions (tweeting, following, spammers, @ replies, direct messages, and favorites) on SarahJoAustin.com
- Advanced Twitter Functions (retweets, hashtags, shortened URLs, Twitter search, and auto-tweeting RSS feeds) on Linden’s Pensieve
- How to use Twitter on the Web, at your Desk, and on the Go (Twitter.com, SMS and mobile platforms, dedicated web and desktop applications) on SarahJoAustin.com
- Recommended Twitter Tools and Resources (there are all sorts of goodies in this post!) on Linden’s Pensieve
We hope you enjoy learning about how to use Twitter, and even if you’ve already been using Twitter for a while, that you will pick up a few tricks along the way!