7 Most Effective Ways to Avoid Twitter Miscommunications

Let’s face it miscommunications can be horrible, for many they create a situation of uneasiness, they can easily led to mishaps and can even ruin relationships. We live in a diverse world and many times what you may think is the assumed by your peers, just isn’t so. Add an 140 character limit into the equation and you run an even greater risk for miscommunications.

Twitter is a great social networking tool, it offers many great opportunities for people to connect – that may have otherwise never have. But with the good there is always some level of negativity that can to turn an easily rectifiable situation into chaos.

So how do you avoid these miscommunications while still maintaining a certain level of pleasure and/or productivity while using the Twitter Platform? The answers are easier than you may think.

1. Be Clear – Make your point as clear as possible, avoid using lingo that is not universal, age specific or of a metaphorical nature. While tools like the urban dictionary are easily accessible, not everyone knows about there existence, nor can you guarantee they take the time to research it.

2. Use Email – if you can not get your point across in 140 characters or less, make it a point to email the person and express your full intent. There is nothing in the Twitter TOS that states you can not contact people outside the social networking medium.

3. Don’t Jump the Gun – if you are unsure about a message you have received from an individual or business, ask for clarification. Send them a message to seek clarity, mistakes happen, don’t them them ruin your day.

4. Send a public reply before Direct Messaging – Not everyone checks their Twitter direct messages, try sending the user a public @reply before sending a direct message (DM). If you do not receive a response back from your DM or public reply try again at a later time.

5. Have some one else review it– if your message screams the need for clarification, have a friend review it and ask them what they think. If the the message is received by them in the same manner as your intent, chances are you are on the right track.

6. Be Objective – Don’t let your personal biases of situations cloud your judgement. Be objective, take each messages as it is and not what you feel it may be.

7. Keep it Simple – Large words may make increase your vocabulary, but not everyone understands what they mean in the 140 character message you may be using them in. Use small direct words, that don’t have multiple meanings to have the greatest chances of success.

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Using Facebook as Twitter Updater, The Gist

Now that many people use both Twitter and Facebook, users look for ways of sharing information between the two social media networks. Recently, companies have come up with ways of posting updates to both places relatively simultaneously. The trend means that people and their friends keep in touch on both networks. Now, it is possible to use Facebook as the primary means of updating both accounts at once.

Facebook contains an application to allow users of both social networking sites to update status messages from Twitter right into Facebook. The Twitter application in Facebook is the best way to do this. All one needs to do is install the app and then click to allow Twitter to update the Facebook status. The screen that comes up when the process has been completed asks the user of Facebook if he or she wants to allow status updates from Twitter. Once that has been done, the user can change the setting back via the Edit Applications Page in Facebook. A Tweeter app also lets users do the updates, and gives them additional options for seeing and responding to tweets while still logged into Facebook.

Tweeters who use more words to say what they mean would do better with the Selective Twitter Status application. This version only updates a person’s Facebook wall with tweets including the #fb hashtag to let them know what is new. A program entitled TweetSync uses a keyword operated version of the function and lets the user decide whether to take all tweets or sync only those containing a certain keyword. That filtering can even help sort tweets to the user’s Facebook page, making communicating with friends simpler by giving priority to the messages he or she really needs to view.

Another way for people to bring in Tweets and Facebook content is to use Facebook Connect as the bridge between services. This gives site developers and owners a way to immediately let new users log into other sites via their Facebook accounts. Twitterer’s in this case will enjoy using Tweetpo.st to grab the advantages of Facebook Connect in linking Twitter to Facebook.

Using these ideas links a person between Facebook and Twitter. These methods work especially well going in the direction of Facebook to Twitter, but can be reversed to send information in the other direction as well. After all, users need to go both ways to share the content they enjoy with friends and work content with colleagues for a more productive world. Facebook and Twitter both give the dedicated user the means to connect with anyone in the world, so if the need presents itself, you can easily connect to either platform.

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