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Twitter 101

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You started a twitter account. Maybe you heard that Twitter is a great networking tool for law students and lawyers. Maybe you just want to find out why everyone talks about it. But now you don’t who what to do.

Twitter Tip #1 – Start tweeting. Most people don’t want to follow new tweeters who only have one or two tweets. Why? Because a lot of them abandon their twitter accounts before really becoming active in the community.

What should you tweet about? News. Events. Sports. Quotes. TV shows. Whatever you want. Once you get tweeting and you see what other people around you tweet, you will feel more comfortable.

Twitter Tip #2 – Follow people like crazy. Follow your favorite bands, other law students, attorneys, news feeds (like @ABAJournal, @CNN, ect) and fun random things (like @InsaneFacts). Follow us @Student Appeal!! A couple of months ago published a list of the 80 Great Twitter Feeds for Law Students, follow all of these people.

It’s fun and important to follow news feeds and bands, but usually those twitter accounts will not follow you back. If you find that you don’t really read their tweets, unfollow them. The more real people you follow the more you will enjoy your twitter experience. I am not contradicting the first line of this tip; I am pointing out that at first you want to follow any accounts you might be interested in, later on though you may find that those first accounts don’t engage you enough for your to continue following them. As you progress you will find a good balance of people-to-companies that you follow.

Twitter Tip #3 – But how do you find people to follow? Twitter allows people to categorize themselves and each individual tweet by adding a “#” in front of a word or series of words. The “#” symbol is called a hashtag. For example, if you are looking to follow attorneys you can type #lawyer into the search bar. Twitter will then filter the last 50 tweets which include #lawyer in it and profiles where people included #lawyer in their profile information.

It should be noted, that people often use hashtags to assist others in finding a specific tweet. For example, if you want to tell law students about an upcoming event at your law school you may want to tweet something like this:

“Hey #lawstudents, on March 20th @BurgerLibrary is holding an event on how to start your legal research!! #lawschool

In that tweet you used #lawstudent and #lawschool as a way of reaching out to the law school community and letting them know about the event.

Twitter Tip #4 – Tweeting to people. In the previous example, you will notice that I included “@BugerLibrary”. Many law schools have twitter accounts (although most of them do not utilize them to their full potential). If you tweet about someone or something, then include them in the tweet whenever possible. This will increase the likelihood that your tweet gets Retweeted, which will help you grow your twitter network.

Twitter Tip #5 – Retweets (or RT). When you see a tweet that you like or find interesting, you can click the retweet button. This will allow the tweet to post on your twitter feed but allow the original tweeter to continue to get credit for the tweet. This is a good way to show interest or support for a certain tweet, while being respectful of the fact that you didn’t find the interesting article or compose the witty tweet.


For more social media tips and trends, follow @SarahEliMattern. If you have any questions or anything to add, make sure to leave a comment!!

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