An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social networks and want to learn the basics of one of the best platforms in the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where about 330 million users engage with one another through short messages of up 280 characters. Currently there’s over 6,000 tweets being sent through the web every second, differing from standard text messages to videos, gifs, memes, images, and a whole lot more. Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites and is very different to other social media giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where people distribute a medley of information; from news, jokes, politics, or just everyday thoughts about ambiguous topics! As opposed to having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is based upon followers (not necessarily friends) so not only can you interact with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, politicians, and journalists as well. Anything you post on Twitter is available publicly for anyone to see, but don’t stress, you can easily switch your preferences to private if you prefer to.
The very first step in learning Twitter is to be aware of the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most prevalent vernacular:
Tweet – A 280-character message
Retweet (RT) – Sharing a tweet created by another person
Feed – The list of tweets you’ll find on your homepage from members that you follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is informed, being a straightforward way to connect with other people publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another member. You can either select to accept DM’s from all members or just users that you follow
Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a discussion (e.g. #Vegans). You can locate tweets from all users that mention a specific hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is quick and easy, just download the app or visit www.twitter.com and click the signup tab. The full name you insert will be your display name, but this can be altered as regularly as you want. Decide on a username (or handle) so members can mention you by typing the @ symbol in front of your username. After you’ve entered your phone number for verification purposes, selected an avatar, and written a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re all set to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As discussed beforehand, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your friends, but also any other personalities of which you’re a supporter. Once you’ve signed up, Twitter will offer a helpful sort of setup wizard to help you get started, for instance suggesting some users that you may be interested in following. You can grant Twitter permission to check your contacts list to look for any of your friends that are already using Twitter. Following friends and other users is really easy, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide recommendations for other users to follow depending upon the sorts of users you’re presently following. All the tweets of your followers will be visible in your Feed, so the more you follow, the more Tweets will appear in sequential order in your Feed.
You can Tweet anything you like, as long as it obeys Twitters rules and guidelines (https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-rules). This includes mentioning other users (@), promoting a topic or theme (#), or Retweeting other user’s comments (RT). Simply select the ‘Compose New Tweet’ button and you can Tweet text, images, photos, videos, gifs – a complete range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Always remember though, videos can only be up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds long, however photos and images do not count towards your character limit, which is pretty cool!
Once you’ve understood the basics of Twitter, the world is virtually at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the latest trends, be the first to watch viral posts, and communicate with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and easy to use interface.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, the rest will fall into place easily, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any help with getting started on Twitter, simply reach out to Internet Marketing Experts Bendigo on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsbendigo.com.au