Twebinar – My New Year’s Gift to Help you Get Started on Twitter

Twebinar – My New Year’s Gift to Help you Get Started on Twitter

So, you’ve just signed up for a Twitter account and are wondering one or more of the following: twitter blue bird 300x153 - Twebinar - My New Year's Gift to Help you Get Started on Twitter

“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 (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?

******UPDATE******?? ******UPDATE******?? ******UPDATE******?? ******UPDATE******

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.


  1. Kathy January 4, 2009 at 5:30 am - Reply


    Thanks for the free help. I’m a newbie to Twitter and I’m hoping this will clear up some of my questions.

  2. Pad January 4, 2009 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Great help but wish it was at 3 pm do you have a recordedversion?or will you repeat it?

  3. Warren Whitlock January 4, 2009 at 9:02 am - Reply

    During #Happy09 we’ve really seen what a GIVER you are.

    Now this.. WOW

    Wish I had known before the last #TCR so we could have told more tweeps

    I will give a copy of “Twitter Revolution: How Social Media and Mobile Marketing is Changing the Way We Do Business & Market Online” so you can add that as a prize for one of your listeners.

    But I’m sure EVERY participant will be a winner.. just for being on the webinar

  4. @JMarieDirect January 4, 2009 at 10:38 am - Reply


    Questions I have you might mention:

    When I post a reply to someone @Name does that show up as a tweet to everyone? Not just the person I was trying to reply to.

    I’m using the Facebook/Twitter App that updates my status on Fbk when I update Twitter. Is there a code that can be used to skip the FBK update on certain tweets. Like for e.g when I’m participating in #happy09 that’s not relevant to my Facebook updates.

    When ppl engage in a trail like #happy09 does that annoy people that are not aware or participating & are following you?

    What’s a tweetwall? Where do we find it.

    I learned today about TweetDeck & find it easier to understand what’s going on. Without that I wouldn’t have had a real understanding of #happy09. I was missing out on all those tweets b/c I was hanging out on my page only on Twitter. Oops.

    Learning learning learning. THank you!

    I hope to win Whit’s book! I’d like to post good helpful Tweets.

  5. Amy Bleser January 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for taking the time and sharing your knowledge and expertise about Twitter today. Your presentation was wonderful – exceptionally well presented, easy to follow and filled with rich content! I gained a lot and will be following you to take advantage of or invest in your services.

  6. Dinneen - Eat Without Guilt February 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I attended the first twebinar and found it VERY helpful! Learned so much, but not overwhelming. Definitely helped me Tweet better and understand what the heck was going on in Twitter-land.

    I also was the winner of Warren Whitlock’s book (yay!) ?Twitter Revolution: How Social Media and Mobile Marketing is Changing the Way We Do Business & Market Online? – and that’s helping me a lot too!

    I HIGHLY recommend all newbies to attend this Twebinar. Even if you just started using Twitter yesterday! Irene has a great approach and makes everyone feel comfortable to ask questions, and then gives you the confidence to practice what you learned.

    And feel free to follow me on Twitter @EatWithoutGuilt and I’ll be happy to Tweet with you for practice – and it would be great to meet you there too.

    You can be sure I’ll be on the follow-up Twebinar 🙂

  7. Claire Tompkins February 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I *think* I signed up for the Feb. 8 seminar but I really have no idea if I did it right! I definitely need this!

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