An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand
Are you new to social networks and want to learn the basics of one of the best platforms on the planet? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where close to 330 million users interact with each other through brief messages of up 280 characters. At this point there’s close to 6,000 tweets being sent through the internet every second, ranging from simple text messages to images, videos, gifs, memes, and much more. Twitter is one of the most celebrated social networking channels and is very different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where users publish a multitude of information; from news, jokes, politics, or just general thoughts about vague topics! As opposed to having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is based upon followers (not specifically friends) so not only can you socialise with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, journalists, and politicians as well. Everything you post on Twitter is accessible publicly for everybody to discover, but don’t stress, you can easily alter your preferences to private if you prefer to.
The first step in learning Twitter is to understand the basic terms and lingo used. The following lists the most general 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 referencing other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is notified, being an easy way to engage with other users publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another user. You can either elect to accept DM’s from all users or just members that you follow
Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a discussion (e.g. #Vegans). You can search for tweets from all users that mention a particular hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is simple and easy, just download the app or visit www.twitter.com and hit the signup tab. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be altered as regularly as you desire. 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 telephone number for authentication purposes, selected an avatar, and developed a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re all set to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As touched on earlier on, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other identities of which you’re an admirer. Once you’ve signed up, Twitter will present a helpful type of setup wizard to help you get started, for example suggesting some users that you may have an interest in following. You can grant Twitter permission to check your contacts list to search for any of your friends that are already using Twitter. Following friends and other users is very easy, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer suggestions for other users to follow depending on the kinds of users you’re actively following. All the tweets of your followers will appear in your Feed, so the more you follow, the more Tweets will appear in chronological order in your Feed.
You can Tweet anything you like, as long as it respects 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, videos, gifs, photos, images – a whole range of different media that can be uploaded through your device. Keep in mind though, videos can only be a maximum of 2 minutes and 20 seconds long, however photos and images do not count towards your character limit, which is awesome!
Once you’ve understood the basics of Twitter, the world is virtually at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the current trends, be the first to see 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 automatically, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any help with getting started on Twitter, simply reach out to Internet Marketing Experts Townsville on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for further information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertstownsville.com.au