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Getting the most from your new Mac

The first part of a series in which I’ll walk you through the five steps to becoming a happy and fulfilled Mac user after years in the PC closet.

Twitter quickstart: 10 ways to make time to Twitter

Twitter quickstart: 10 ways to make time to Twitter

Whether you’re an ambivalent Twitter newbie or a chronic tweeter in the throes of a growing addiction, your tweeting is going to take time that you’re currently using for something else. Here are my suggestions for activities you can pare back on — or give up entirely — to make room for tweeting.

Twitter quickstart: Effective twittering in 5 minutes a week

Twitter quickstart: Effective twittering in 5 minutes a week

If you’re new to Twitter, you want to quickly eliminate the five sure signs you’re a Twitter newbie. Here are some quick ways you can follow people, attract followers, and keep your feed regularly updated — all in less than five minutes a week.

Twitter quickstart: Your first 21 tweets

Twitter quickstart: Your first 21 tweets

If you need to stake a claim to your Twitter identity, but you don’t know what to tweet about, here’s an easy way to get your Tweeting underway. You don’t need to look like the world’s most longstanding Twitterer (after all, Oprah just started tweeting last week!), but an empty Twitter feed is just, well, a little forlorn.So I’ve taken the liberty of writing your first 21 tweets for you.

5 reasons to send Direct Messages on Twitter

5 reasons to send Direct Messages on Twitter

In answer to a question posted in LinkedIn, I’ve offered five reasons to use Twitter’s DM function — including to communicate something that is too short to be worth emailing.