So, you’ve just signed up for a Twitter account and are wondering one or more of the following: twitter-blue-bird

“What have I gotten myself into?”

“What are tweeple and am I one?”

“Should I tweet about business or social stuff?”

“Do these people actually have lives away from their computers and cell phones?

“How can I get more people to follow me?”

“Should I have a public or a protected account?”

“What else should I know about that I don’t know enough about to ask?”

Twitter is growing quickly, at the rate of 5,000-10,000 new accounts per day, according to a new report from Hubspot called State of the Twittersphere.? More individuals (of all ages), businesses, news outlets, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations are finding unique value in having a Twitter presence. There has got to be something special going on here. Do you know what it is and, more importantly, are you a part of it?

Before getting into the strategic value of a Twitter presence and the zillions of software applications available to enhance your Twitter experience and options, let’s cover the basics. There are many online sites and free e-books available to help you on your way. For some, this will be how you are most comfortable learning. For others, the opportunity to see basic concepts visually shortens your learning curve. There is no one best way to learn.

I have noticed that many of my recent followers are relatively new to Twitter. I’d like to help them ease into this new and exciting environment, enabling them to hit the ground running. To that end, I’ll be hosting a webinar on Sunday, January 4, at 4:00 pm (PST) to cover the basics and key ‘how-to’ concepts to get you started. Keep in mind, this is not intended for advanced or experienced users. If you are comfortable with the basics of Twitter and Twitter etiquette, please do let me know if you would be interested in a more advanced session, but please don’t register for this one as I’d like to allow more beginners to participate.

To participate, I ask that you send me a message on Twitter to let me know that you’d like me to save you a spot. All you need to do is simply tweet this exact phrase: Save me a seat? in @irenekoehler ‘s #twebinar09 on the basics of Twitter http://tr.im/2wih (just cut and paste as is into Twitter, do NOT include my name at the beginning of the tweet. I’ll explain why this makes a difference in the session). I will send you? DM (a private direct message) with the link to the webinar. You’ll need to be following me in order for me to DM you. (I highly recommend that you sign-up for a Twitter account prior to this session, if you don’t already have one. You’ll need it to participate in the discussion.)

Ordinarily, I charge for webinars as they are designed to deliver immediate value to you in boosting your networking efforts. I am confident that attendees at any of my previous sessions will attest to the fact that they received their money’s worth and then some. This is my New Year’s gift to you – please join me for this free session to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful 2009.

Seating is limited, so I may need to cut-off attendance at some point, but I’m hoping to include as many as I can.

What do you think? What questions would you like to have answered in this session? What great Twitter tips do you think should be shared?

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Due to the wonderful response to the last twebinar, I’ll be offering another one on Sunday, February 8, at 2:00 pm PST (This is California time, so be sure to adjust for your own timezone).? The instructions about how to participate are the same as above.

Please note: This is a very basic session with an overview of the “nuts and bolts” of twitter, including:

  • How to tweet (post messages)
  • How to correctly retweet
  • How to send private messages
  • Navigating the Twitter homepage
  • How to set up your Twitter profile page
  • What should you tweet about?
  • Should your account be public or protected?
  • Understanding all those funny terms and symbols

We will not be focusing on the wide range of Twitter applications available. This will be in a follow-up session.

Finally, this is an introductory session. Seats are limited and I’d like to reserve them for true beginners. If you have a few hundred followers or a large number of updates, you may want to consider the follow-up session. If you’re not sure if this session is right for you, feel free to @ me with a question on Twitter.