An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social media and want to learn the essentials of one of the best platforms on Earth? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where approximately 330 million users connect with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. Already there’s over 6,000 tweets being sent through the net each second, ranging from basic text messages to images, videos, gifs, memes, and a whole lot more. Twitter is among the most trendy social networking platforms and is quite different to other social networking giants like Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter is a platform where users distribute a multitude of information; from jokes, politics, news, or just universal thoughts about ambiguous topics! In place of 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 journalists, sport stars, and politicians alike. Anything you publish on Twitter is accessible publicly for anyone to discover, but don’t worry, 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 slang used. The following lists the most common vernacular:
Tweet – A 280-character message
Retweet (RT) – Sharing a tweet created by another user
Feed – The list of tweets you’ll find on your homepage from members that you choose to follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of referencing other users in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is informed, being a simple way to engage with other people publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another person. You can either select to accept DM’s from all members 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 certain hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is simple and straightforward, just download the app or visit www.twitter.com and click the signup tab. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be changed as regularly as you want. Select 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, chosen an avatar, and created a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re good to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As touched on previously, 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 an enthusiast. Once you’ve signed up, Twitter will offer a basic sort of setup wizard to help you begin, for example recommending some users that you may want to follow. You can give Twitter permission to explore your contacts list to search for any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is particularly simple, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer recommendations for other users to follow based on the sorts of users you’re already following. All the tweets of your followers will be visible 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, so 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 click on the ‘Compose New Tweet’ button and you can Tweet text, images, photos, videos, gifs – an entire range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Bear in mind 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 fantastic!
Once you’ve gotten the hang of the basics of Twitter, the world is essentially at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the most recent trends, be the first to look at viral posts, and socialise with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and user-friendly interface.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, the rest will fall into place naturally, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any help with getting started on Twitter, simply reach out to Internet Marketing Experts Bundaberg on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for additional information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsbundaberg.com.au