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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Excellence then, is not an act.

@DallasWTaylor and @DarinRMcClure iPhone photo by @LisaMcClure

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle,
or Getting your head around Twitter.

Ok, you just got twitter and you are completely lost as to what to do with it.

First, follow some people with your interests, you can do a search or use twitter tracking to find the buzz from people with your interest who are already using Twitter. (A "How-to" for another blog post, this walk thru is about using Twitter via the web.)

We all start our day at home and that is as good a place as any to start your day twittering.

http://twitter.com/home

Here you will see a "Recent" tab, these are messages from the people that you follow and this is where you are at at Twitter when you are at home.

Next you will see a "Replys" Tab, these are messages the have been made by other Tweeters that reference you in some way, a reply or a remark, @DarinRMcClure would be about me for instance.

The "Archive" tab would be everything that you have publicly posted on Twitter, and a great way to see where your were, or what you were doing on any given day.

I like to tweet cool quotes, or links that I want to be able to check at leisure, and this is where we get to the Meat of Twitter,

"What are you doing?"

A good way to let your friends know you are online and checking into twitter, is to just say hello.

I see tweets that range from "another great day, or good morning, or COFFEEEEEE!!!!" Ok, I do all the coffee tweets ...

Don't miss your direct messages,

http://twitter.com/direct_messages

And as this is a conversation, reply to your replies,

http://twitter.com/replies

Then go back "Home" since you only followed "Groovy People" you should see some interesting to REMarkable things in your public timeline, from Haiku's on the smell of the person in front of you at FiveBucks, to classic rockers coaxed out into the twitterverse.

Want to really have fun, get your family on twitter, friends, coworkers. You will get to know them in ways that you may never have before. Who got fresh powder in Utah, Who is competing in an around the world adventure for charity, who is stuck in traffic, or thinking about a great new mashup.

Got twitter?

Spend the next 21 days playing with it, and you may.

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