Guides instructing Artists on how to use Twitter

By no means comprehensive, these guides do offer decent overviews of Twitter, and each provide some ideas on how artists might leverage this tech.

In my opinion, the single best way to understand how to leverage Twitter to good effect is to use it.

Set yourself up an account and start following people. Don’t know whom to follow? Look for some people with lots of followers, but who aren’t following many people, and then follow who they are following. Chances are that these people who have a ton of followers, but aren’t following many themselves have weeded out the extraneous, and are only following people who provide some value.

From these people you will learn best practices. You will see how they leverage the tech to advance their agenda (whatever that may be), and you will be able to assimilate these practices for your own efforts.

One person who is leveraging Twitter (as well as just about everything else) to advance his own agenda is Gary Vaynerchuk. I’ve written about Mr. Vaynerchuk and his project, Wine Library, before. It’s not surprising that he’s really slamming Twitter.

I’d suggest you follow him on Twitter. Do so by joining Twitter, and then going to his Twitter home page and clicking “Follow.” As of 10am on Oct 3rd, Mr. Vaynerchuck has nearly 16,000 people following him. Discounting for people who are following but inactive and/or not online at any given time, each time Mr. Vaynerchuck posts a tweet, some (I’m guessing) 8,000 people immediately see what he’s got to say. Depending on what hes says, that’s powerful.

While you’re following people, don’t forget to follow yours truly. I’ll follow you in return, and we’ll get some dialog going.

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  1. Heather’s avatar

    Good lens.

    I agree that using Twitter is the way to learn about it. I’m still not sure I have it figured out, but I get it a bit more than before I started.

    I also think Twitter could be a good thing for an artist who doesn’t really want to blog but knows they should stay connected to the fans. 140 characters is a pretty small commitment in exchange for staying in the forefront of people’s awareness.

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  2. lee’s avatar

    I also did not know exactly how to work with twitter (I’m still figuring it out), but just by using it more and more I’m much more comfortable with it.

    I think what Heather has to say is interesting because it doesn’t just apply to artists.

    “I also think Twitter could be a good thing for an artist who doesn’t really want to blog but knows they should stay connected to the fans.”

    I wanted to start blogging but I didn’t know where to begin. Twitter has acted like a primer for me. By becoming completely comfortable with posting small blurbs, I now find myself ready to write past 140.

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