Now, when one is new to a place (whether in real life or on this interweb shenanigans) it is important to become established, to introduce oneself to the right people, and gain a reputation as being a decent sort of chap. Agreed? You will be relieved to know that when it comes to Twitter the first steps are no different than joining a new club. Be a good sport, take some advice from those in the know, and Bob's your uncle so to speak.
You might say, 'Whoah, my good chap. Why should I take advice from you, well intentioned though it is, as you obviously are new to Twitter yourself?'
A fair question, and decently put. Well done. The answer, however, is rather simple. The proof is in the proverbial pudding, so to speak. Just follow my progress, my good man, and see for yourself.
So then, 'What,' you may ask, 'has this chap been up to on his first day on Twitter?'
Again, a rather astute question, and one that goes straight to the heart of the matter. I think we will get on swimmingly.
My first day has been spent following other chaps like myself. Twitter will allow me to follow up to 1,000 of them within twenty-four hours, and I will have you know that I have pushed that liberty nearly to the limit. Over the course of the day the most fair-minded sort have returned the favour by following me back as well (so far just over 100). That's standard Twitter manners and a sign you are dealing with a good egg.
Fortunately, because I am a somewhat selective chap when it comes to those I press the follow button for, many of my new followers are people of quality from the social media industry. I found them in the list of followers of the popular website 'Mashable,' but this can be altered to suit your personal tastes and interests. If, for example, you are interested in pipes you could not go far wrong perusing the follower lists of leaders in the world of pipe-smoking (besides myself, of course).
If all goes well, about 200 or so of the better-sort from today's quota of follows will follow me back. Where many chaps go wrong, however, is in the next step. Twitter will only allow one a maximum of 2,000 follows until one's own following is within 10% of 2,000 (don't worry about the maths for now - it's best to leave them to others).
If you are the sort of chap nearing the upper limit of 2,000 follows have no fear. I'll be back in two shakes of the proverbial lamb's tail to guide you through to the next step.
While you wait for the next post I would advise indulging in a cup of Darjeeling, or if appropriate, a finger or two of single malt. You've earned the right, I dare say.