A beginner’s guide to Twitter for business

It will pay for businesses both big and small to have a good understanding of Twitter - here's a guide to the ‘next big thing’.

It's also a good idea to add value to your tweets whether it's a link to a blog about your company or a company announcement which you think your followers will find useful, it will give people a reason to read your tweets.

Useful names to add on Twitter

Here is a small list of some tech businesses and figures already twittering. (Although many famous names will claim to be official, be aware that sometimes this might not be the case.)

@itpro - IT PRO's official news and features Twitter feed

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@MSWindows - Where twitterers can give direct feedback about the Windows 7 beta

@Appleinc - The Apple Twitter feed

@Apple_news - The Apple news feed

@CiscoSystems - The Cisco Twitter feed

@Padmasree - Padmasree Warrior, the chief technology officer at Cisco

@DellOutlet - A Twitter feed for those after refurbished Dell computers and electronics

@mattcutts - Google engineer Matt Cutts, head of the webspam team at Google

@Enderle - Frequently quoted technology analyst Rob Enderle

@forrester - Technology and market research company Forrester Research

@Gartner_inc - Technology and research company Gartner

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@bbctech - The BBC technology blog

@Wired - Wired News

Blogging can also be a useful business tool, read on to find out how.

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