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10 Commandments for Twitter

by fouts

10 commandments of TwitterTwitter is such a simple communications tool, yet people seem to really struggle with how to tweet. I guess that’s why my Twitter etiquette post is so popular. While the title of this post is somewhat tongue-in cheek, I really wanted to simplify the best practices for Twitter to their most basic form.

I also absolutely love Haiku Deck for creating visually stunning presentations quickly and easily on my ipad. After I came up with the idea for this post I put the whole thing together sitting on the patio in less than 20 minutes.

Here’s another  Haiku Deck,  Social Media 101 and another on Social Media for Sales . Both are examples of the “less is more” idea I prefer with presentations. It doesn’t always translate well to Slideshare if the presentation isn’t recorded, but I hope this one contains enough content to keep your interest and explian the concepts at the same time.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the best practices  for tweeting effectively. Add your own commandments in the comments!


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

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  • Simon McKenzie

    Hello, love your commandments, only wish more people would abide by them! Also pleased to see that you are a fan of Haiku Deck!
    Simon @connectedtchr (Official Haiku Deck Guru)

  • http://janetfouts.com Janet Fouts

    Thanks Simon. Haiku Deck is a lot of fun to use for things like this. Glad you liked it.

  • Haiku Deck

    Hi Janet! Awesome deck – I can think of lots of users who could learn a thing or two from your tips here, for sure. One thing I wanted to let you know is that if your embedded blogs kind of end up overlapping the content on your blog, you can change the size of it so it fits a little easier. To do that, in the pasted embed code, just change the “width” value to something smaller, and the height to 3/4 of the width. For example, instead of the default “640″ for width, you could try “600,” and change the height to “450″ (600*0.75). Hope that tip is helpful! -Erin Michael, Community Manager at Haiku Deck

  • Akash

    Fantastic post, Janet!
    Loved the way you presented them in the form of Commandments. Gave a whole new perspective to the tips. I would rather term them as the ‘Basics’ to Twitter! :)
    Being a Social Media guy, I love Twitter and place is above all other platforms – for its potential to engage and connect with people in a much better way.

    Also, I do completely agree with your idea of saying it with a Presentation. Adds a whole new dimension to your message. However, pardon my mentioning it over here (but couldn’t hold back reading that it’s a limitation sharing presentation without recording), I believe, authorSTREAM can help you with that. It retains animations, sound, narrations and embedded videos from a PowerPoint presentation. Sharing a recorded presentation to your posts will just infuse a new life to already wonderful post of yours! :)

    Cheers to the 10 commandments!

    - Akash
    authorSTREAM Team

  • http://www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com/ Tam Francis: The Girl in the J

    I am new to this. So, are you suggesting instead on tweeting words tweet pictures? Thanks. http://www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com

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