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How to Twitter, From a Newbie's Point of View...

How to Twitter, From a Newbie's Point of View...

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  • I started Twittering a couple of weeks ago and found it originally, a challenge. However, I kept plugging away, and feel very comfortable now. What did I learn and how did I get past that feeling of being alone at a party?

 Sign up or on

  • First thing to do is get a Twitter account. Go to, get an URL address and sign on. Very easy!
  • Now your looking at the Twitter interface. Search for my URL: @mcsnygg, and click on the "follow" button.
  • Go to my Twitter page, and check out all the people I'm following. Click on "view all." Add people that look interesting by checking out their Twitter page.
  • Initially only add around 50 people, until you get the hang of it.


  • I found that I was having trouble knowing what was going on with the Twitter website. So, I check out a couple of other interfaces. Try downloading and working with Twhirl and TweetDeck. My favorite is TweetDeck, but it doesn't work for everyone. So, try them both, or others if you know of them.
  • When you are at any of these interfaces, click on EVERYTHING to learn what it does and how it works.

Joining In

  • If you have added a bunch of people to follow, you will get some of them following you. So, here's where you join into the "party." But, you have to have people to follow!
    • Some people, when they sign on, just send an hello to the entire community. You do that by just typing in a greeting. Everyone on the network will see it. You might or might not get a response. Don't be discouraged.
    • Start reading the posts, and if you find one that looks interesting to you, send at message to the person posting what interest you. It's done by typing their name (there's an easier way on Twhirl and TweetDeck) into the input box and ask a question, or add something to the conversation.
    • If they don't respond, don't feel it's personal. They may have just gotten up and walked away, or perhaps the phone rang. Don't give up, try someone else. There are many, many very friendly people on Twitter.

Questions? Just let me know. I'd be delighted to pay it forward!


Marianne Snygg, GRI, ABR, ASP
Broker Associate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

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Colorado Springs and Monument Real Estate

Comment balloon 5 commentsMarianne Snygg • October 28 2008 02:37PM


My goodness if you are a newbie with all this knowledge...where does this leave me?? Ihave no idea what a URL address is. So how can I even start???



Posted by Lori Isaacson (Credit Restoration Consultants) almost 11 years ago

Hi Marianne you can find me at Massrealty:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lori: URL address in Twitter is the name you give yourself. Mine is mcsnygg, only they like to put an @ in front. So, my URL is: @mscnygg. Something I just think I don't need to understand, I just accept it and move on. Please go ahead and start. You CAN'T screw it up. Nobody's going to shake their finger at you. And you'll stretch yourself and have a feeling of accomplishment when you succeed.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

I'm still clueless....what is the point of this twitter stuff?  I still don't get it.

Posted by Jeff and Lisa Sellers (The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX) over 10 years ago

Hey Jeff: It's a social network. Everyone when first presented with Twitter doesn't get it! The point of it is to meet people, to let them get to know you, to widen your sphere, to close business. I'm going to do another post based on your input. I'll send you a link.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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