Twitter is the number one way that people in eSports (and gaming in general) communicate. There isn’t any doubt in this, for some stupid reason everyone just decided twitter was the way and have never looked back. So if you want to be a part of the conversation, and you do, then you’ll want to start as soon as you can in setting up a profile, friending everyone and brush up on your memes.
If you want to tweet like a pro, there are several tools you can use to do powerful things like find out when your followers use twitter, automatically sharing blog posts or articles, or posting prewritten messages at later times. My favorite right now is HootSuite, which allows you to write messages ahead of time and set when you’d like them to be posted. I can couple this with WordPress’s ability to schedule when my blog posts get posted and suddenly I can manage ahead of time when I want to share my stuff.
Another useful tool on twitter, especially for those of us who are a little more popular, is the ability to send automatic direct messages to new followers. So far the service that I like best for this is CrowdFire, it can DM new follows for free, but it does add a little ad for itself to your message unless you pay. CrowdFire also can manage all of your social media apps and looks very slick. If I had a gripe with it, it’s that CrowdFire is so easy to use that it’s kinda scary, kinda like an iPhone it’s smoothed out the interface so much that you don’t have options or customization. It’s not clear sometimes what it’s doing and hopefully its not messing up my twitter right now as I type. (Later edit: It worked! Awesome)
Lastly, the site dlvr.it allows you to subscribe to blogs and twitter users to post their content to twitter or other social media apps. I just set it up to share some of my favorite blogs to my twitter and help them out a little. Just like the other sites, you can create an account for free and use some of it’s services but it becomes more powerful if you pay. Surprising easy to setup and use, check it out!