An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social networking and want to learn the fundamentals of one of the coolest platforms around the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where approximately 330 million users socialise with one another through short messages of up 280 characters. Today there’s almost 6,000 tweets being sent through the internet each second, varying from simple text messages to videos, gifs, memes, images, and a whole lot more. Twitter is among the most in demand social networking platforms and is widely different to other social networking giants like Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter is a platform where people distribute a variety of information; from news, politics, jokes, or just universal thoughts about obscure topics! In place of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is dependent on followers (not specifically friends) so not only can you connect with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, journalists, and politicians as well. Everything you upload on Twitter is accessible publicly for everyone to see, but don’t stress, you can easily alter your preferences to private if you wish to.
The initial step in learning Twitter is to be able to interpret 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 user
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 users in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any member mentioned in a tweet is notified, being an easy way to interact with other users 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 users that you follow
Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a conversation (e.g. #Vegans). You can locate tweets from all users that mention a certain hashtag by clicking on the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is simple and straightforward, just download the app or visit www.twitter.com and hit the signup button. The full name you insert will be your display name, but this can be altered as frequently as you wish. Select a username (or handle) so users can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve entered your telephone number for validation 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 mentioned earlier on, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other characters of which you’re a supporter. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will provide a basic kind of setup wizard to help you start, like suggesting some individuals that you might want to follow. You can give Twitter permission to explore your contacts list to uncover any of your friends that are currently using Twitter. Following friends and other users is extremely simple, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer recommendations for other users to follow depending upon the types of users you’re currently following. All the tweets of your followers will appear 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 abides by 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, videos, gifs, photos – a complete 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 understand 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 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 organically, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any assistance with getting started on Twitter, simply get in contact with Internet Marketing Experts Canberra on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertscanberra.com.au