Monday, January 12, 2009

Why use Twitter?

A few of the Eve bloggers use Twitter to spread the word about their blog posts, to chat about what they're doing in Eve Online, and to provide assistance to each other with information on how to play better or get more out of the game.

That's why they use Twitter, but why should you?

Reasons to use Twitter

Here's some reasons you might want to consider:
  • You enjoy the game
  • You want to share your excitement
  • You have an Eve blog and want to promote it as much as possible
  • You want to learn new things about Eve from others
  • You want to share stories and experiences with others
  • You enjoy getting feedback about what you write on your blog
  • You enjoy being part of a community
If you can answer 'yes' to at least 2 of those reasons, then you will probably find it worthwhile to be on Twitter and joining in.

Ok, so now you're interested in joining in, how do you go about it?

Step 1 - sign up to Twitter

Visit twitter.com and sign up. Try to choose a username that's based on your in-game character, so that people can have a good idea of who you are.

Step 2 - fill out your profile

Up in the top right of your Twitter page, there's a profile section.

This is where people can have a quick glance at some of the details of who you are. I've got a link there to my website, as well as a short bio that describes who I am, in my case - Eve Online player.

Up the top, click on Settings. This is where you can fill in your own profile information. Try to put in some information that people might be interested in

Step 3 - follow a whole bunch of people

Twitter is all about following people that say stuff you're interested in, and a whole bunch of people will follow YOU when you start saying things that THEY will be interested in.

So how do you find people to follow? Here's a good start... I've created a list of Twitter users that you can start following.

The way to do it is, after you've ensured that you've got your own Twitter profile and you've logged into the website, you can click on any of the links on that 'Twitter users' page, and it'll go straight to their own Twitter page. You can then click on Follow, and you will automatically be following them from that point on.

Easy, isn't it.

That's how you find people to follow you. As you do that, they'll be notified that you're now following them. They can look up your own Twitter profile and make a decision on whether or not they should follow you back. They don't have to, but if you have interesting updates, or an interesting bio (more on that below), then they're more likely to follow you in return.

Step 4 - use a 3rd party program to keep updated

While there's the web page to read and make updates, there are other programs you can use too. Whichever one you use can often depend on personal preference, but here's a couple of them.

Twhirl (link)
This is the software application I use. It's probably the tidiest and easiest to use of them, and is probably the most popular of the applications. It allows you to stay updated on the messages from those you're following, and allows you to reply to them.

You reply to someone by typing @username followed by the message you want to send them. In Twhirl, and many other applications, you can select an option to reply to them and it automatically starts the process with their username, and you just type the message and then send it.

Tweetdeck (link)


This is another popular application, allowing you to create groups and add users to them. For example, you can create a group of Eve Online players, and add other players to that group from within all those you're following. This is good if you are following different groups of people for different reasons.

Step 5 - post updates on anything that's of interest to you

As you enjoy your daily activities with life, or Eve Online, you can post your thoughts to Twitter, sharing those thoughts and experiences with those who are following you.

You have 140 characters to use. It's a bit like using your mobile phone to text, but you're using the internet instead, and you have a whole bunch of people who are wanting to receive your updates instead of just one.

You can post about something that happened while you were playing. You can post about something you're thinking. You can post about something you did outside of the game. You can post about something that happened to you in your normal life. You can post about the latest blog post you did, or you can even post about an interesting article you read somewhere on the internet. Include links, so that your followers can click on it and enjoy the same thing you did.

Just remember - if you start boring your followers, you're going to get people deciding not to follow you any more. If you entertain them, they'll spread the word and recommend to others that they follow you too. You can get quite a following!

How you use Twitter is, ultimately, entirely up to you. Whatever value you get from it is for you alone. You do need to do it for yourself though, and not because others tell you to. It's like anything - if you're not passionate about it, you'll lose interest in it.

Share your passion! Or stay away and follow your other interests. The choice is yours. But I tell you this - everyone has a story of some kind, and we would love to hear yours.

4 comments:

  1. Nice pair of posts, mate! Great, stuff. For the enlightened among us who have upgraded their pod interface to OS X I recommend Twitterffic: http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific

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  2. Good post. I have high praise for http://funkatron.com/spaz too.

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  3. @Duckeye you're not pretty enough. Get a facelift and I might consider it.

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