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This might rattle some cages….. (here’s hoping anyway).

I was approached a while ago about teaching Twitter to anyone who really wanted it.  The organisation wanted to target beginners and that was fine by me.  No one signed up.  No skin off my nose to be honest.  Then pondering it yesterday evening and today, there was no real need for it in the first place.

What does it really take to introduce someone to Twitter? Not a lot, that’s what.
  • Go to www.twitter.com
  • Click on “Join Up”
  • Create an account
  • Type something in that big box at the top.
Congratulations, you are now on Twitter….  You’ll eventually get the hang of all the retweets, replies and direct messages in very little time.  If you desperate to find your friends and follow them there’s even a link called “find people” that will do some searching for you.

Do I need to pay a company to tell me all this? No I don’t.  Nor does the rest of the population.

More to the point if you are a business

Facebook is just the same….
  • Go to www.facebook.com
  • Click Join Now
  • Go through the process
  • Wait for the email and then activate your account.
  • Find your friends and start telling them stuff.

Even using the for business there’s not much to hinder your progress with a few hours will invested work, just see how everyone else is doing it.  If you feel the need to go and either buy a book or sign up for a hugely expensive course to explain the above then that’s fine.  Go ahead and have a nice day, you’re basically paying for lunch and the venue.  What the course providers often don’t tell you is the case for NOT signing the company up to Twitter or Facebook so you become the easy information prey of your competitors.

If you want to ask me questions on Twitter/Facebook then fire away, I don’t mind answering for free.  It only takes a few moments of my time, or collar me at an Open Coffee Coleraine meeting or something.  But this coughing up of £200+ quid just to be taught what someone spent an hour looking up on the net…. pull the other one.