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All that twitters is not gold: Why you don’t need to buy that new Twitter for Dummies book

Here it goes:

You don’t need to buy that new Twitter for Dummies book. Way too much filler. It is redacted to fewer than 1,600 characters on

Done. It took only 117 or so characters, which means that I was far more frugal than required to post on the Twitter social networking and microblogging system, which allows up to 140 characters. That’s the first thing you need to know in order to use Twitter. The next is to register your account on But, not too many people are tripping up on this last part because there are purportedly over 24 million registered users at the moment.

Here’s the rest:

  • There is shorthand code for accomplishing Twitter operations. Just post them with your message. Here are a few: (1) send direct message (D username message), (2) follow twitterer (F username), (3) send public reply (@username message)
  • If you want to notify your audience of some keywords associated with a message, add a hashtag #. Go to to see if the hashtag is already being used.
  • Twitter has a search engine available at
  • You can download applications that allow you to route blog post titles and social bookmarks to Twitter (e.g.,
  • You can download applications that allow you to route tweets (messages on Twitter) to blogs and other social media.
  • Killer apps

    Killer apps

  • You might want to use an aggregator like FriendFeed ( if you have too many social media feeds to track.
  • You can find celebrities and politicians at
  • Twit and nittwit on Twitter @joebiden

    Twit and nittwit on Twitter @joebiden

  • There are several clients that run from your desktop and make it easier to follow your feeds. TweetDeck ( is the best.
  • A directory of twitterers can be found at
  • That's twellow, not gold.

    That's twellow, not gold.

  • You can grade your twitter presence at and TwitterGrader
  • Tweet dreams.

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    1. Seeing you pull out the tools that stood out for you personally is a good thing. Exactly what we hoped to see, people getting very individual, and individually different, value from the book. 🙂

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