- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450598250
- ISBN-13: 978-1450598255
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ready...Set...Tweet! A Speedy Guide to Twitter: Get ready...get set up...and start Tweeting in no time. 1st Edition
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About the Author
Lou Belcher is a freelance writer, editor and photographer. She juggles four twitter sites, four blogs, a website, and she consults on Twitter-related topics. In addition, she coaches authors and bloggers on writing. She lives in Florida and has written book-length non-fiction as well as numerous magazine articles.
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Each chapter is brief and quick - the soul of Twitter. Belcher starts out by explaining what twitter is, who uses it, and the joys of being succinct within your 140 character limitations. In chapter two there are some very briefly mentioned categories of user groups one might find in the Twitterverse - for families, clubs, business marketers, new organizations, general and specific researchers, those engaging in collaborative efforts, and as a medium for announcements.
One you've caught that, you are swiftly introduced to blogs and websites (no, they are NOT the same thing) and then rushed along through the single page of chapter 4 that asks what your Twitter name might be and what you will be Tweeting about. Don't get too introspective, since chapter 5 is hard on the heels of chapter 4, and it's in and after chapter 5 that you actually get Tweeting. The instructions are simple to follow and most pages contain large screenshots that the twitter newbie will recognize as they sign up to Twitter, book in hand.
Each quick chapter teaches one basic skill - like getting your profile up, along with your avatar, your background colors, your bio, your first few tweets. Then Belcher shows how to find someone to follow. Once there, you're officially a newbie Twitterer, ready to delight the world with your pity quotations, TV fangirl commentary, brilliant photography, or wry views on the human race.
Before dropping you off to fend for yourself on the Timeline, Belcher offers a few last tips that are slightly beyond basic. She recommends using Hootsweet to schedule your tweets, asks the newbie to mix it up within the Twitterverse (to make a friend, you must first be a friend, not a self absorbed, obvious marketer), to retweet freely, and how to use such tools and memes as Search, Hashtags and Follow Fridays. A brief glossary, resource list and index round things out.
I read this book in 30 minutes on a plane ride from Chicago to San Diego. There was zero new content here for a seasoned social media maven. This isn't the book for them. This is a book the Twitter elite might give their spouse, or sibling, or whatever colleague has been hiding under a rock lately. It does the job of hand holding and does it fast. I doubt anyone would find Twitter frustrating to use with this slim book by their side.
Best for: Seasoned Tweeters to give as a gift to Twitter Novices to learn from, or for people who've been curious about joining the Twitter Timeline, who might have been a bit intimidated to ask someone what exactly they should do. Open the first page of Ready...Set...Tweet! with your computer at the ready. In less than an hour you'll be tweeting with the billions of users already in the know.
A great introduction for those in a hurry, or who just want to know brass tacks Twitter basics.
Lou Belcher's "Ready...Set...Tweet" is a complete guide to using Twitter. Do the words: protected Tweets, geotagging, hexadecimals, direct messages, Retweets, hashtags, avatar and Tweeter's Block sound familiar to you? If not you have chosen the right book.
"Ready...Set...Tweet" is especially well organized. You learn everything in a logical order. Everything from setting up your first Twitter site to sending out your first Tweet. Some of the topics include:
Twitter: The overall concept
How Twitter fits into this communication chain
Determining the topic for your Twitter site
Signing up for Twitter
The features of your Twitter page
Putting pictures on your page
Twitter background themes
Change design colors
Writing a Tweet
Ways to find followers
Finding people to follow
Tips on Privacy
Throughout this book there are pictures clearly illustrating how to navigate on Twitter. This book also shows you how to tweet a picture. You have to go to a different site. The author also advises you to set up a separate email for your Twitter account because you can expect an email each time someone decides to follow you. If you are really popular that could be a real headache in your regular email.
For the most part this book is totally uncomplicated and has easy-to-follow advice. Lou Belcher has designed this book to get you up and going fast.
This book will be especially helpful to those who want to use Twitter as a marketing tool. It is also great for families who want to keep in touch, clubs that want to keep their members updated or for groups of friends. Really the possibilities are pretty endless.
You can literally read this book in about an hour and then set up your Twitter site in a matter of minutes. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is knew to Twitter or anyone who wants to learn a little more about the entire site. Most of the information is great for individuals who just want to share their life with the world. However there are some specific tips that businesses will want to take to heart. This will be especially good for anyone who wants to use Twitter as a marketing tool. As a bonus, this book is a really fun read.
~The Rebecca Review
must-have for anyone considering Twitter as a marketing tool. Thanks Lou! Order today!