Getting started with Twitter – top 5 newbie questions answered

imageAs a Facebook Novice to Social Media CEO I’m frequently asked about my conversion from social media cynic and how I got started with Twitter.

Here’s a roundup of the most popular questions and my responses:

  1. Where to begin? 5 must-dos
  2. How do hashtags work? A case study (see the comments section for a link to another example)
  3. What are these “mystifying acronyms”? #FF, DM and RT explained
  4. Why are full stops added before Twitter usernames? Who sees what you’re tweeting
  5. Am I stuck with the username I chose on sign up? How to change your username

Should this list be extended to a top 10? What else would you like answered?

If you and/or your team are getting started with Twitter and would like some social media training or 1-to-1 coaching, get in touch.

How to change your Twitter username

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So you’ve created an account, worked though the 5 must-dos to get started with Twitter, then realised that your username is tricky for people to say or spell, or not a tweet way to raise your profile. Don’t worry, it’s very easy to fix…

1. Go to Twitter, click on the cog (top right), then Edit profile:

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2. Select Account, then change the username listed (mine’s LindaCheungUK to match with LinkedIn – you can also claim your LinkedIn public profile as your own):

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3. Save changes at the bottom of the page:

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That’s it! If the username is taken, you will be prompted to choose another one. Usernames can contain up to 15 characters.

Changing your username will not affect your existing followers – they will simply see a new username next to your profile photo when you update.

If a CubeSocial contact changes their username, a new contact card will be created by tweet conversations, then you can simply merge the new with the old Smile

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3 Financial Services Social Media Success Stories

As financial services firms step-up their use of social media, we’ve been looking for some early success stories. Here are three great ones:

The Rock Group (a Morgan Stanley company) generated 28% of their revenues from social media in 2011, including one $70m account. Financial advisor Mitchell Rock explained that the key to success is to understand your target market and focus on a niche.
Source: Reuters

LPL Financial win a $3M account from a prospect who followed the firm’s Facebook Page for 8 months. Financial Advisor David Armstrong was prospecting a business owner but the person was not ready to make a decision. That person, however, decided to follow the firm on Facebook.

“It was an easy way for him to see what we are thinking without us bothering him,” he said. As a result, the prospect later told him, “I love what you have been writing for the last eight months. I am ready to move my accounts to you.’
Source: Financial Planning

Morgan Stanley financial advisor wins $2.6m account from Linkedin.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney adviser Mark Scribner one day noticed that a business acquaintance he hadn’t spoken to in 15 years had viewed his LinkedIn profile. Scribner called the acquaintance, mentioned LinkedIn, and within days was handling a large life insurance policy for the man’s boss.
Source: Wall Street Journal