Helping Firefox users on Twitter
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There are currently two ways to give support on Twitter. The first way is to answer questions with your personal account. This is probably easiest if you just want to help on Twitter every now and then.
If you feel ready to move up to the big leagues and plan on spending some significant time on Twitter support, you should apply for using the official @FirefoxHelp account.
Getting started with your own Twitter account
- Have a look at the the official @FirefoxHelp account to see how current contributors answer tweets.
- Use this search to find tweets from users upset with Firefox.
- Choose a tweet you want to answer and see if you can reuse one of our snippets or write a more personal reply.
- Always add the hashtag #FxHelp to your tweets to make it easier for us to see which tweets have been answered already.
Tip: If you can't help someone in 2-3 tweets, it's usually better to tell them about SUMO, where we can solve even the most complicated problem. A snippet for that would be: Sorry, can't solve this on Twitter. Please ask about it on http://bit.ly/98fQFU People there are ready to help you #FxHelp
Using the official @FirefoxHelp account
We use CoTweet to manage the official @FirefoxHelp Twitter account, which is a web app designed for collaborative team use and a bit of social media overload. If you feel like you're ready to take it on please ask Topal in #sumo on IRC to grant you access.
- Click the invitation link in your email for CoTweet and register with your details.
- Once you register, you'll be logged in into CoTweet. Then go to and choose your CoTag. It should be caret, followed by the first letter of your first name and first letter of you last name, unless that is taken already. You can also use any other combination, eg. ^XY.
- Here is list of CoTweet's features. It's still in beta and very basic so you will figure it out pretty quickly.
- Once you're ready to start answering questions, click the Inbox button at the the top left of the page. The most important section is the saved keyword searches on the left. Click on one of the searches and look at the tweets to get a feel for what's coming in. These searches cover most of the cases where people will need help from us. We can't monitor every single tweet with the word Firefox in it, because there are 9600 a day of them. You can add your own search as well, but check back with Topal on IRC first.
- You can look at the previous tweets to get a feel for how you could respond to tweets: http://twitter.com/FirefoxHelp/
- Choose a saved search and start replying to the tweets. We have compiled some useful responses and put them on the wiki. You can just copy and paste them or edit them to match the tweets. (Pro tip: use the Clippings extension to store text and paste them quickly)
- After some time, the first replies will start to tickle in and you'll see them on the left hand side under messages. You shouldn't try too hard to solve a problem on Twitter since it's not the best platform for that. After the second reply, try sending them to SUMO for more advanced help. If people don't reply in a way you expected, please try to stay calm and reply in a friendly way (using one of the snippets will make that easy).
You can always find us on IRC in #sumo for questions you might have.
Last Update: 2011-02-01