The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

I originally wrote this post in May 2008. I have learned a lot since then. Twitter has also changed since then. I have updated this post to reflect both.

This post is a 20-minute guide to Twitter for non-techies. If you don’t know what Twitter is, start with my first post on the topic, Twitter-dee, Twitter-dum. If you still aren’t convinced it’s worth your time, then read my 12 Reasons to Start Tweeting.

A Finger About to Click on the iPhone Twitter App - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/ymgerman, Image #17221776

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/ymgerman

Over the last few years, I have helped several friends and a few family members get setup on Twitter. I found myself explaining the basics over and over again, so I decided to write a simple, step-by-step guide.

Top Posts and Commenters for August 2011

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for August 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom by Carrie Wilkerson.

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Here are my top ten posts:

Top Posts and Commenters for June 2011

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for June 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Cron. It’s one of the very best books I have read this year.

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Here are my top ten posts:

Top Posts and Commenters for March 2011

I meant to post this right after the first of the month. However, with all the activity leading up to my recent transition, I forgot. Sorry about that.

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In case you missed them, I have included my top ten posts for March 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller.

Five Insights from My 2011 Reader Survey

Ten days ago, I launched my 2011 Reader Survey. This is the third consecutive year I have done this exercise. I have benefited enormously each time. Ultimately, I think it also benefits you, because it helps me improve my blog and my writing.

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In my original post, I promised to summarize my results. I also want to share the conclusions I have come to as a result of the data. As a point of reference, more than 1,200 people have completed the survey so far.

Top Posts and Commenters for January 2011

In case you missed them, I have listed my top ten posts for January 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy Eric Metaxas’ New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.

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Here are my top ten posts. I wrote four of these posts more than a year ago. If you are a blogger, you can continue to generate significant traffic for old posts, provided you are intentional about it. (I outline my strategy for that here.)