How to Twitter For a Health Cause

witter has become one of the most successful ways to share your passion for a health cause or condition on the internet today. If you have a chronic illness or a particular interest in a health condition, Twitter can be one of the most exciting ways to spread the word on little or no budget. Here are 16 steps toward planning your health awareness campaign using Twitter.

Setting up a successful Twitter account from the beginning:

[1] First, decide if you want to use your Twitter account to share more personal information (and for example, set up your user name with your actual name) or if you’d prefer to have your Twitter account be more generalized for your specific health awareness campaign. Many times people who are involved in the campaign may not be as interested in tweets about what you did last night, but instead, how the can increase awareness about the health cause. To ensure a growing number of followers, and hence, increase your influence, it’s a good idea to design your Twitter account that accurately describes your causes and be sue to use your logo as your photo image icon.

[2] Make the effort to design a colorful graphic for the background of your Twitter account page and make sure your contact information, logo, hashtags and everything you write can be seen. Most people do not make the graphic the right size. the background image for twitter should be about 540 x 540 pixels and the part you want to have shown on the left should be 124 pixels wide.

[3] When planning an event or cause, come up with an effective hashtag and don’t be afraid to tell everyone to use it when referring to your specific event in their tweets. This way anyone can quickly search Twitter and find tweets specific to your cause. Remember, the shorter the better! In case you don’t know, hashtags are the # symbol you see in front of words like #illness. The hashtag for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, for example, is #iiwk09. This is an annual event, so by adding the year onto the end of the tag, one can find information for any particular year.

[4] If you want people to retweet your tweets, take the time to write and research to find tweets that they will want to comment on or retweet. Experiment, as you may be surprised what people find worthy of action. Tweets can be statistics, quotes, proverbs, or facts. Link to blogs or articles, or even tweet lists For example, tweet one “step” or “how to” tip a day from your list.

[5] When preparing your Tweets keep them as short as possible so that people can retweet them without cutting anything off. You want people to be able to write RT(space)@YOURNAME. How many characters does that equal for you? Plus, leave room for a short link and a hashtag.

[6] When you post a link in your twitter post, be sure to utilize a link shortening service. I have followed another expert’s advice and usually put my link at the front of the tweet, so it’s not cut off when people retweet it and comment on it.

Twitter etiquette you should know:

[7] Start following fellow nonprofits that have Twitter accounts set up. Find others who have the illness of your cause and follow them. But remember to engage in conversation. Don’t just post and then ignore comments.

[8] Be generous in retweets if you find things that will be of interest to your audience. If you are following the right people it won’t be hard to get find quality information.

[9] Get involved in Friday Follows, by posting people you admire and respect as recommended experts on your topic. When people add you as a Friday Follow recommendation or retweet your messages, remember to say thanks! Depending on the number of people who are retweeting your posts, say thanks as much as possible and tweet their twitter names in your post.

[10] Through various Twitter applications you can set up a direct message to be sent to anyone who starts to follow you. Don’t use this to just say, “thanks for following me” but instead offer a link to an article the reade

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The New World of the Health and Fitness Blog

Subscribing to a health and fitness blog can be one of the best things you can do to assist you in learning what is going on in the fitness world. There are many out there for you to choose from. Internet fitness is now more than simply people telling you to buy their programs. There is now how to videos, instructional forums, free fitness programs and much more out there for you to peruse on your quest for knowledge.

One of the best ways to get this Internet fitness information is to sign up for an rss feed from a health and fitness blog. Many of the better sites will allow you to sign up through the rss reader of your choice and see whats new on the site. You can check it when you please and the best part is you don’t have to go clicking around to find it. You basically find a couple sites that you like and have them send their rss feeds to you. You get their health and fitness blog whenever and wherever you want.

Another great way to get the information sent directly to you is to sign up for a health and fitness newsletter. Signing up for a sites newsletter is usually a very simple thing, all they need is your name and e-mail address. Then every week or two they will send you an e-mail with what they think is some relevant information that you will enjoy.

In the past one of the biggest knocks on newsletters was many people were selling their list to spammers. You though you had signed up for a newsletter on fitness and all the sudden you get a bunch of e-mail on how to extend your manhood, or an e-mail telling you won 5 million euros. There have been some major changes in Internet law and much of this has stopped. I personally belong to about 8 or 9 newsletters and my spam folder doesn’t get any e-mails. This is a big change from a couple years ago.

The Internet is a fantastic tool. These days there are some fantastic ways to get information directly sent to you via a health and fitness blog or newsletter. There is a new day in age coming up in the fitness

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