Twitter and other social media sites can be a useful tool for those looking to find topics important to members of their area or world wide. It can also be useful to those looking to promote a service or business they are involved with. Twitter is very easy to use but, like any other site on the internet, can become victim to spammers and viruses. It is important to use diligence when posting updates to twitter as keywords can be used as a way for spammers to reply to or retweeting your posts.
If you are not familiar with twitter, then retweeting may seem like foreign term, retweeting is when someone who follows you reposts something you posted. It is usually preceded with an “RT”. Being retweeted is a big deal in self promotion, because not only is your content available to many others, but could lead to you gaining more followers as well.
Another useful tool in gaining followers is using hashtags or the “#” button on your keyboard. Hashtags are a way of making subjects you are posting about trending topics on twitter. When you go to twitter you can find the trending topics on the right side of your twitter timeline. You can use these topics and discuss topics important or relevant to your city or worldwide.
Another thing to be aware of on twitter are “bots” this is software which is set up to automatically follow or spam you with links to other sites, which may contains ads or sometimes viruses that can be harmful to your computer. Finding out which of your followers is a bot can be easy. You can look at their profile on twitter and usually a bot will not have many followers and almost always will have never tweeted anything on their own. Also, it is a good idea not to click on a link or retweet a link unless you know the person who has tweeted it. You can report spammers to twitter and typically they will do their best to remove those profiles.
Twitter can be a useful tool for self promotion or just for something to parcipate in during times of tedium. Being aware of spammers and bots makes the experience more fun for you and your followers.