An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social networking and want to learn the basics of one of the coolest platforms on the planet? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where around 330 million users engage with each other through brief messages of up 280 characters. Already there’s almost 6,000 tweets being sent through the web each second, varying from standard text messages to images, gifs, memes, videos, and a whole lot more. Twitter is among the most in demand social networking platforms and is quite different to other social media giants like Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter is a platform where people exchange a wide range of information; from news, politics, jokes, or just everyday thoughts about ambiguous topics! In place of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is based on followers (not necessarily friends) so not only can you connect with friends, but also your favourite journalists, sport stars, and politicians alike. Anything you upload on Twitter is accessible publicly for anyone to see, but don’t worry, you can simply change your preferences to private if you wish to.
The first step in understanding Twitter is to grasp the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most frequent vernacular:
Tweet – A 280-character message
Retweet (RT) – Sharing a tweet created by another member
Feed – The list of tweets you’ll find on your homepage from users that you choose to follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is notified, being a simple way to communicate with other members publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another person. You can either elect to accept DM’s from all members or just people that you follow
Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a conversation (e.g. #Vegans). You can search for tweets from all users that mention a certain hashtag by clicking on the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is quick and straightforward, just download the app or head to www.twitter.com and click the signup tab. The full name you insert will be your display name, but this can be modified as often as you like. Pick a username (or handle) so users can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve typed in your telephone number for authentication 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 Twitterverse
As touched on earlier on, 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 admirer. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will present a standard kind of setup wizard to help you begin, for instance suggesting some individuals that you might like to follow. You can give Twitter permission to browse your contacts list to search for any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is really simple, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer suggestions for other users to follow based upon the types of users you’re currently following. All the tweets of your followers will turn up 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, so long as it satisfies 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, photos, videos, images, gifs – a whole range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Don’t forget 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 awesome!
Once you’ve understood the basics of Twitter, the world is practically 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 platform.
Once you’ve got started using Twitter, the rest will fall into place easily, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply get in contact with Internet Marketing Experts Orange on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for additional information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsorange.com.au