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Twitter For Photographers: How To Use Twitter

Author : Rick Valence the multilingual micro blogging service wholly operated and owned by Twitter Inc., is a social networking tool that allows members to share 140 character 'tweets' - short text based messages, of whatever is on their mind. A tweet could be anything a member wants. For instance, it could be what you are currently reading, what you have just seen or what you are currently doing. Through the website members can "follow" other members and vice versa; staying connected with each other by reading each other's tweets and profile updates. Inspired by text and instant messaging, twitter has revolutionized how easy it is to communicate. All business types and personalities are making use of the technology in creative ways. Below we follow how a photographer can make use of this social tool.

The rules of communication still apply when using Twitter. That is, before you begin you must understand and know your target audience. You also have to choose what you wish to communicate and learn to be consistent. Knowing these will help you decide how to use your tweets to attract an audience. Similarly, when you decide to follow someone (maybe a friend or business associate) and depending on the purpose of your account (business or personal), you should be very careful with whom you follow.

Having amassed a large following, Twitter can become very informative as it allows you to monitor trends. It will give you a better idea of the kind of content that brings the greatest number of responses and which content you should be more engaged in. Like all social tools, the website also allows you to set strict privacy settings, such as making your updates public or private and whether or not your account should be followed by someone upon request.

Twitter lists are part of the social tools, which allow you to stay in touch with those in the industry. A good start for lists is to follow photographic organizations. There are numerous photographic organizations available on twitter with lists of their own which keep up with industry events. There are many lists that are industry focused; like photography business advice, photography stock industry, photography educators and photography industry blogs. All these allow you to stay in touch with current events quickly and easily. You will have the added advantage of being "in the know" as they happen for organizations that update their content on a regular basis.

Use these tips and you will soon be known around the office as "The Twittalator"!

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Rick Valence is the R&D manager of digital camera repair at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, AZ. Rick is also a webmaster of the companys camera repair blog.

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