Five things series … How to get started on Twitter

“I’m ready to get started using Twitter. What do I do?”

If that’s your question, this blog post is your answer.

1. Set up your Twitter account. If you already have one, go back in and add a photo (no default eggs, please) and update your bio. Include a link to the page on our website that best features your content.

2. Go to the Star-Telegram on Twitter list and follow your colleagues. Many of these folks have mastered Twitter, and you’d be surprised what you can learn just by watching what they do.

3. Pull up Twitter.com in a browser tab, sign in, and check your feed once an hour. This is the best way to keep up with what others are reporting.

4. Re-Tweet (RT) a post you find interesting. For extra credit, add a few words of your own.

5. Check out these great tutorials, including several from your colleagues:

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How to become a digital-first journalist in 30 days: Twitter

My New Year’s resolution is to be more patient with colleagues trying to make the digital transition.

This decision is less about me (impatience is, shall we say, an issue of mine) and more about what I see when I look around our newsroom. Finally, everyone has accepted the reality that change is afoot. And, with a few exceptions, everyone is willing to try to be a part of it.

Cool.

But those who waited to jump in have a new problem: A significant loss of resources has us all scrambling. Finding the time to learn new skills is nearly impossible.

Never fear, however. I have a three-step plan to get up to speed in just 30 days, without being forced to ask for help. Continue reading