If you know me, you know that I love Twitter. I have good reason to love it. It’s my library, news stand, water cooler, virtual conference reception and online pub (BYOB). I learn a lot, chat with interesting people and make friends. What’s not to love?

Usually when I tell people that, I get a dismissive face with this reply, “I just don’t get Twitter.” I’m not surprised, it can seem like a lonely pointless place with lots of noise until you figure it out. The key to success with Twitter is figuring out whom to follow and how to interact. I’ll dig deeper into that in an upcoming post, but until then I’ve recently found some posts that are well worth sharing. Here are some tips on following and interacting from Matt Silverman at Mashable, a great resource for basic social media how-to’s. When you’re done with that, read A Little Basic Twitter Advice for New or Inactive Peeps by Ray Beckerman.

I recommend becoming familiar with all the options in the Settings section of your Twitter account. How you set these options will either enhance or inhibit your Twitter experience. On the Account page of Settings many Twitter newbies make the mistake of checking the ‘Protect my tweets’ box. Here are ten reasons to not protect your tweets from Lee Aase.

I’ve noticed that some of my LinkedIn connections have their tweets automatically updating their LinkedIn account too. Maybe they’re doing this because they can, so why not. Or maybe it’s in the interest of saving time and they believe that all their tweets are the appropriate content for their LinkedIn connections. I don’t know. However, a lot of the tweets I see going to LinkedIn are more personal in nature compared to the usual professional LinkedIn updates, and they are certainly more frequent. My opinion only, but, damn, too much noise. Chris Brogan advises separating your LinkedIn and Twitter updates in Keep LinkedIn Clean.

If you’d like to follow your LinkedIn connections on Twitter but want an easy way to find them, Amanda O’Brien shows you how. My approach to these tools is that each of them has different audiences with whom you have different relationships, you may not want to send all your tweets to LinkedIn or to Facebook and vice versa. There are no rules but I would suggest considering your audience, message content and language before hitting ‘Send’.

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