An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social media sites and want to learn the basics of one of the best platforms on Earth? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where roughly 330 million users interact with one another through brief messages of up 280 characters. Currently there’s around 6,000 tweets being sent through the internet each second, differing from simple text messages to gifs, memes, images, videos, and much more. Twitter is among the most beloved social networking sites and is widely different to other social media giants like Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter is a platform where members post a range of information; from jokes, news, politics, or just general thoughts about vague topics! In place of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is based upon followers (not always friends) so not only can you communicate with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, politicians, and journalists alike. Anything you upload on Twitter is available publicly for anyone to find, but don’t stress, you can simply change your preferences to private if you wish to.
The initial step in understanding Twitter is to understand the basic terms and lingo used. The following lists the most commonplace 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 individuals that you follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is informed, being an uncomplicated 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 users 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 find tweets from all users that mention a specific hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is quick and straightforward, just download the app or visit www.twitter.com and hit the signup button. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be changed as frequently as you desire. Choose a username (or handle) so users can mention you by typing the @ symbol in front of your username. After you’ve typed in your phone number for verification purposes, chosen an avatar, and composed a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re all set to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As touched on earlier on, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other personalities of which you’re a supporter. Once you’ve registered, Twitter will offer a helpful kind of setup wizard to help you get started, like suggesting some members that you might have an interest in following. You can grant Twitter permission to search your contacts list to look for any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is incredibly easy, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide suggestions for other users to follow depending on the types of users you’re presently following. All the tweets of your followers will appear 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 adheres to 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 – a complete range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Remember 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 pretty cool!
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 latest trends, be the first to view viral posts, and communicate with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and easy to use platform.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, the rest will fall into place naturally, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply get in contact with Internet Marketing Experts Traralgon on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertstraralgon.com.au