An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand
Are you new to social networking and want to learn the basics of one of the best platforms around the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where roughly 330 million users engage with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. At this point there’s more or less 6,000 tweets being sent through the internet every second, differing from basic text messages to images, videos, gifs, memes, and much more. Twitter is one of the most beloved social networking sites and is very different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where members share a variety of information; from jokes, politics, news, or just universal thoughts about vague topics! Instead of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is built upon followers (not always friends) so not only can you socialise with friends, but also your favourite politicians, journalists, and sport stars as well. Everything you submit on Twitter is available publicly for anyone to see, but don’t panic, you can conveniently modify your preferences to private if you wish to.
The initial step in understanding Twitter is to be aware of the basic terms and lingo used. The following lists the most conventional 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 individuals that you choose to follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other users in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is notified, being an easy way to communicate with other members publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another member. You can either choose 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 discussion (e.g. #Vegans). You can locate 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 head to www.twitter.com and click 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 users can mention you by typing the @ symbol in front of your username. After you’ve typed in your telephone number for validation purposes, selected an avatar, and created a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re all set to go!
Joining the Twitterverse
As mentioned previously, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your friends, but also any other identities of which you’re an admirer. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will provide a basic type of setup wizard to help you start, like recommending some users that you may be interested in following. You can grant Twitter permission to explore your contacts list to locate any of your friends that are already using Twitter. Following friends and other users is very simple, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide suggestions for other users to follow based upon the types 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, as long as it complies with 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, videos, gifs, photos, images – a full range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Remember though, videos can only be up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length, however photos and images do not count towards your character limit, which is awesome!
Once you understand the basics of Twitter, the world is literally at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the most recent trends, be the first to view viral posts, and connect with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and user-friendly platform.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, the rest will fall into place naturally, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply speak to Internet Marketing Experts Lismore on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertslismore.com.au