It may sound like a funny word, but there is definitely nothing funny about what Twitter can do for you and your business. No matter if it does sound a little strange, it is a great tool to use to network, market, connect and more. Not to mention the fact that it is also easy to use.

Twitter is a micro-blogging application that allows you to be "short and sweet" with your words. You don't have to be a woman or man of many words to get your point across here, because Twitter only allows you to communicate in 140 character posts per tweet.

This short length may sound like it's too little to help you get your words out, but honestly it is just perfect. After all, who wants to say too much; saying just enough is usually the secret to ultimate success anyway.

Still worried about making Twitter work for you? The following are a few Twitter tips, or secrets to making Twitter a success for you!

#1 Listen - Yes, even on Twitter you can listen. In fact, sometimes by sitting back and taking it all in on Twitter, you can learn more and make more out of Twitter than by doing too much tweeting yourself.

#2 Stay Active - Going weeks without twittering will get you nowhere. In order to make the most of Twitter, you have to be involved. Through being involved you'll learn more, gain more followers and find more people whom you're interested in following.

#3 Don't Oversell - Don't make all your Twitter time about selling or you'll burn out fast and lose tons of followers. You must engage and communicate as well in order to truly be a Twitter success.

#4 Use Twitter Tools - To use Twitter efficiently, you may want to take advantage of some Twitter tools that will help you to streamline your Twitter time and make the most of it. Some examples are Tweetdeck, Tweetlater, Twirl or Twitter Fox - just try them until you find something that you like and that works best for you.

#5 Gain Followers - Followers and those you follow truly make or break your Twitter experience. You will want to follow those with common interests and / or those in your target market, and you hope to gain followers in the same categories.

#6 Interact and Communicate - Twitter, after all, is a form of social media, so it should go without saying that you should be social. That's what it is all about and will help you to make the most of its benefits.

#7 Use Links - Twitter is a great place to share the linky love, whether it be for a post on your own website or blog or to help out a fellow business owner - both should be done and done often.

#8 Think before you type - With Twitter, as with just about every other place on the web, what you type is permanent, so you want to type wisely. You don't want your words to come back to haunt you.

#9 Be Respectful - You want to respect your follows and yourself, so much like tip #8 you want to use wisdom in your words.

#10 Keep your tweets to under 120 characters - Keep your tweets to max of 120 characters to make them retweet friendly. This allows for enough from for RT @YOURNAME.

There you have it - ten hot tips for using Twitter to your greatest advantage. It really is no secret that Twitter is a hot social media tool that has everyone talking, literally. Why not join the conversation?

Author's Bio: 

Serena Carcasole is a business consultant and the President of Virtual Business Solutions ON DEMAND, a premier virtual assistance firm helping entrepreneurs around the world to succeed and grow their businesses. In addition to administrative services, Virtual Business Solutions ON DEMAND provides a host of specialized technical and marketing outsourcing options to meet business owners' unique needs. Some of the most popular services include Internet marketing through social networks, blogging, and article marketing; website and graphic design; search engine optimization support. Virtual Business Solutions ON DEMAND has access to a large network of niche specialists, whose certifications include QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel Expert, Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant, and other. As a full-service outsourcing provider, VBSOnDemand provides full project management support for even the most complicated projects. VBSOnDemand donates 1% of sales to the Canadian Cancer Society. For more information:
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