6 Tips When Using Direct Messages on Twitter

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6 Tips When Using Direct Messages on Twitter

1 Before you send any direct messages to people make sure you are following them and they are following you. There is nothing worse than getting a direct message asking you a question you compose a reply then a message appears from Twitter saying you are unable to send a direct message to this person as they are not following you.

Twitter direct messages have a bad reputation for spam. Basically don’t use the direct message system to spam people you are likely to get a very low response rate. Its much better to get to know contacts and find out their needs before attempting to sell to them.

3 If you run out of space when sending a direct message just start a new message directly below the previous message.
Twitter will only allow you 140 characters just like in a regular tweet for direct messages.

4 Use direct messaging to thank your new followers. If your looking to engage new followers this is a good opportunity to ask a question about their work, site or products.

Use the direct message section to provide information you don’t want others to see. If someone asks for a quote on a specific job for example you don’t want to be tweeting that information for everyone to see.

6 Use of Truetwit. Often I’ll get messages saying user* uses TrueTwit validation. To validate click here: . Basically its not for me once you sign up to that system you will find yourself sending that same message to everyone that follows you. I find it much easier to send someone a personal message or just view their profile you can usually tell if someone if genuine. If their is no picture or bio the chances are pretty high you have been followed by a spam account.
You probably won’t want to follow them back. Some people might like using the Truetwit system but I find it annoying and won’t use it.


About the Author
Philip Rickwood is a Social Media Enthusiast
from Devonport in Tasmania with over 90k
Twitter followers at @afhitcom

How to add yourself to your own Twitter lists





Adding to Twitter Lists

If your like me you probably have lots of people that you follow on Twitter. Even if you
do not have a lot of followers yet if you intend doing a lot of marketing with Twitter then
your followers and the people you follow on Twitter will grow.

This can make it almost impossible to read all the tweets you want to from all the people
you follow the solution to this problem is to create Twitter lists.

By creating a list you can add only those people from a particular area of interest. Then at
your leisure you can go to those lists and read posts that are important to you.

One problem I came across recently was how to add myself to the lists that I create. I like
to make my lists public that way anyone on your list gets more publicity, naturally you
want to include yourself on that list.

Twitter itself does not provide a way to do this from within Twitter.

The solution is to use a Twitter owned product named Tweetdeck there is no cost to join up.

Follow this link to join up now. Once you join Tweetdeck find your profile in the interactions
column or in one of the other columns.

Click the 3 dots under your image as in the picture below:

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From there click on the Add or Remove from lists option you can now add yourself to your own
list. Whenever anyone now shares your list you will be included as one of the posters in that list.

Follow me on Twitter for more updates and tips.

About the Author
Philip Rickwood is a Social Media Enthusiast
from Devonport in Tasmania with over 90k
Twitter followers at @afhitcom

*Note: I originally posted this article on Brand My Biz

Its Time to Build a Bridge to Tasmania

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Ok it’s time we looked at building a bridge from Tasmania to the Australian mainland in Victoria.
As I see it there are 3 possible routes that the bridge could take:

  • North West Tasmania via King Island to Apollo Bay
  • North East Tasmania via Flinders Island to Wilsons Promontory
  • Devonport directly to Wilsons Promontory

There are obviously pros and cons to each route but that could be examined further as the project
progresses. I can hear the screams now ‘how much is that going to cost’ yes it will be expensive
but as I see it the end result will be worth it. Especially at the moment with the current government
splashing out lots of cash for infrastructure.

Under the constitution it states that no barriers should exist between the States with regard
to trade this bridge would assist with the removal of current barriers. Together with the fact
that Bass Strait is regarded as part of the national highway system.

The advantages of the project will be many. I have listed a few below:

  • Freight transport will no longer have to rely on shipping or air.
  • Time restrictions on when you can travel will not exist.
  • Friends and family will be able to drive and visit loved ones
    more often and not just wait until they can afford the fares.
  • Visitors from Victoria will be a huge boost to Tasmania’s tourism.
  • Victorians will be able to visit Tasmania easily.
  • Caravans and motor-homes will be able to travel easily between
    Tasmania and the mainland.
  • Infrastructure items such as power and telecommunications could
    utilise the facility.
  • Tasmania would no longer be cut off from the rest of the country.
  • Employment during the construction phase and ongoing maintenance.
  • Bass Strait islands such as Flinders Island (depending on the route selected)
    would no longer have to rely on shipping.

There are already long bridges in the world such as the the Danyang-Kunshan
Grand Bridge, which is on the Jinghu High-Speed Railway  is 164 km (102 miles)

The main disadvantage as I see it would be the initial cost although that could
be offset with a modest toll on vehicles. The weather at times may also be a
deterrent although that could be monitored and the bridge closed if there were
particularly dangerous conditions.

Overall I think its time to start thinking about this project and getting it underway.


About the Author
Philip Rickwood is a Social Media Enthusiast
from Devonport in Tasmania with over 90k
Twitter followers at @afhitcom