Twitter, that famous social networking platform, is essential for anyone interested in developing their career, especially working women. I’ll get to why Twitter is a necessary tool for every career woman in a minute but first, let me give a few basics about Twitter.
The first thing I should let you know about Twitter is that no matter how much you may read about it, you will never fully appreciate it or understand it until you start using it yourself. Another thing to remember is that nobody is going to grade you about your Twitter use. There is no right or wrong way to use Twitter so don’t worry about using it right; just get into it. Twitter involves networking so basic good manners matter but those are mostly common sense and cut across most social media networks. A good rule of thumb when it comes to Twitter etiquette is that if you wouldn’t say something in real life, don’t say it on Twitter.
Twitter is essentially a networking tool. It just happens to be on the internet. On Twitter, you ‘follow’ people and read the short messages they write or their ‘tweets’. You write your own messages or tweets as well and people can follow you too. Each tweet can only be 140 characters long. This forces you to be concise with what you have to say and of course, has made text speak (for example, IDK, TMI, TLDR and so on) even more popular. To start tweeting, simply go to twitter.com and sign up (free of charge). Of course, there are a few other things you should probably know about Twitter before you really begin to enjoy it but with the information I just gave you, you should be able to get started on it.
Twitter is particularly useful for working women because many women tend to be shy about networking for business and making their work known and Twitter makes all that a little easier. The following tips can help working women get the most out of Twitter:
- Use your real name on Twitter. You might think that you deserve to call yourself @sexyascanbe1 and while that may be so, there are two reasons why you shouldn’t use such a Twitter handle. One, it makes you appear unprofessional (unless of course, you work in the sex industry) and two, it makes it difficult for people (who may interested in offering you a job) to search for and find you on Twitter.
- Follow leaders in your industry or the industry you would like to work in. This allows you to learn from them, re-tweet what they say (thereby showing your interest in them), reply to questions they ask (thereby showing you are intelligent) and maybe even make them follow you (thereby making your dreams come true 😉 ).
- When you learn something new about your industry, tweet it. Such tweets will attract followers interested in your industry and may eventually help you get known as an expert in your field.
- If someone asks a question and you know the answer, tweet your answer at them. This lets people know that you are helpful and knowledgeable and will also help build your reputation as an expert.
- When you’ve made an achievement in the office, tweet about it but do it in a way that doesn’t make you look arrogant. This lets people know what you do, what you are capable of and could attract new business interests to you.
- Tweet about your hobbies and interests outside of work. It shows you are a well-rounded individual. Plus, you never know, you may get an offer to make money from your hobby.
So now you know about Twitter and you know how it can help you, the working woman. If have any questions about Twitter or if you try out some of these tips on Twitter, let me know how things go for you. And of course, you can follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
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