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 coolest platforms on the planet? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where about 330 million users communicate with one another through short messages of up 280 characters. At this point there’s around 6,000 tweets being sent through the net every second, varying from simple text messages to videos, gifs, memes, images, and even more. Twitter is among the most in demand social networking sites and is quite different to other social media giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where users exchange a wide range of information; from news, jokes, politics, or just everyday thoughts about vague topics! Rather than having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is founded on followers (not specifically friends) so not only can you connect with friends, but also your favourite politicians, sport stars, and journalists as well. Anything you post on Twitter is accessible publicly for everybody to find, but don’t panic, you can simply change your preferences to private if you prefer to.
The initial step in understanding Twitter is to grasp the basic terms and slang 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 people that you follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other users in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is notified, being an uncomplicated way to communicate with other members publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another person. You can either decide to accept DM’s from all users or just users 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 simple and easy, just download the app or go to www.twitter.com and click the signup tab. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be modified as frequently as you want. Pick a username (or handle) so people can mention you by typing the @ symbol in front of your username. After you’ve entered your mobile number for authorisation purposes, chosen an avatar, and developed a quick bio about yourself so others can see your hobbies and interests, you’re good to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As detailed earlier, 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 an admirer. Once you’ve signed up, Twitter will present a basic type of setup wizard to help you begin, for example recommending some members that you may want to follow. You can grant Twitter permission to search your contacts list to identify any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is incredibly simple, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide recommendations for other users to follow based on the sorts of users you’re currently 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 obeys 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, photos, videos, images, gifs – 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 pretty cool!
Once you understand the basics of Twitter, the world is practically at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the most recent trends, be the first to see viral posts, and connect 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 easily, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any help with getting started on Twitter, simply talk with Internet Marketing Experts Bathurst on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsbathurst.com.au