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Twitter HOWTO Guides for Beginners

This is a list of guides for how to use Twitter effectively. It also contains guides that illustrate why NOT to use certain common but ineffective tactics such as @ mention spam.

Instead of playing the odds with spam-like techniques that will have people muting your account or worse, blocking you and reporting you as a spammer, reach a wider audience with less effort by following these guides.
Twitter Help Center | Welcome to Twitter
Twitter's official guide to how to use Twitter.
Twitter Basics | Twitter for Business
The Official Twitter for Business guide.
Getting started with Twitter
This guide is for people who have absolutely no idea how to use any type of social media. It's also an official guide by Twitter.

"If you've signed up for Twitter and are wondering how to get started or why you're here, this page is for you. Learn more about the basics of using Twitter here."
Mashable's Guide to Twitter
This guide is important for two reasons. First, it's really a collection of guides from several perspectives. Second, it goes beyond the basic HOWTO information to include tactical information on using Twitter.

It also includes mini-guides that delve into topics like best practices for promotion, why people aren't following you and how to find a job using Twitter.
Social Media: The Free Beginner's Guide from Moz
Moz is one of my favorite sites. I have the paid version and in-depth resources like this in the free version are what sold me. It goes beyond tactics into strategy, which is important if you want to maximize your exposure. In my opinion, this is a guide you should fully review before you pay for in-depth knowledge from any other source.

When you're ready to truly understand how to use social media for exposure, communication, PR, personal use and how it fits into the larger context of digital life, this is what to read.
Twitter mention spam goes for the gut
Mention spam may seem harmless. But this article illustrates why anyone worth their salt on Twitter blocks or mutes strangers who send @ mentions with attachments or links.
Is what you're doing on Twitter actually spam?
If you have a doubt about whether or not something you're doing on Twitter is spam or not, check this page. Twitter has rules against certain things that may seem innocent to you and they can get your account blocked. Is it really worth the risk?

> "Spam" refers to a variety of prohibited behaviors that violate the Twitter Rules.
10 Tweets You Should Never Send
I have no relationship with Molly Greene. I just like the way she makes her point about common mistakes made on Twitter by beginners, especially authors.

If you need to brag on Twitter, get someone else to do if for you. If you have no one willing to brag about you, that means you haven't built enough community to brag yet.