An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand
Are you new to social networking and want to learn the fundamentals of one of the coolest platforms on the planet? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where close to 330 million users socialise with each other through brief messages of up 280 characters. At the moment there’s more or less 6,000 tweets being sent through cyberspace each second, differing from simple text messages to images, videos, memes, gifs, and so much more. Twitter is among the most in demand social networking platforms and is quite different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where users offer a variety of information; from news, politics, jokes, or just general thoughts about confusing topics! As opposed to having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is dependent on followers (not necessarily friends) so not only can you engage with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, journalists, and politicians alike. Anything you post on Twitter is available publicly for everyone to discover, but don’t stress, you can freely change your preferences to private if you wish to.
The initial step in understanding Twitter is to grasp the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most general 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 members that you follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is notified, being an uncomplicated way to communicate with other people publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another person. You can either opt 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 specific hashtag by clicking on 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 changed as often as you like. Decide on a username (or handle) so members can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve entered your telephone number for validation purposes, selected an avatar, and created a quick bio about yourself so others can see your hobbies and interests, you’re good to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As detailed beforehand, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your friends, but also any other characters of which you’re an admirer. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will present a basic sort of setup wizard to help you get started, for instance recommending some individuals that you may like to follow. You can give Twitter permission to explore your contacts list to find any of your friends that are currently using Twitter. Following friends and other users is very easy, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer suggestions for other users to follow based on the sorts of users you’re actively 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, as long as it observes 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 – an entire range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Bear 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 fantastic!
Once you understand the basics of Twitter, the world is essentially at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the latest trends, be the first to watch viral posts, and connect 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 Twittersphere today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply reach out to Internet Marketing Experts Coffs Harbour on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for additional information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertscoffsharbour.com.au