An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand
Are you new to social media 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 somewhere around 330 million users engage with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. Today there’s around 6,000 tweets being sent through the web each second, ranging from basic text messages to images, videos, memes, gifs, and much more. Twitter is among the most stylish social networking sites and is widely different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where users share a medley 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 built upon followers (not necessarily friends) so not only can you interact with friends, but also your favourite politicians, journalists, and sport stars alike. Anything you upload on Twitter is accessible publicly for anyone to discover, but don’t stress, you can easily adjust your preferences to private if you want to.
The initial step in understanding Twitter is to recognise the basic terms and lingo used. The following lists the most frequent 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 follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other members in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is informed, being a practical way to engage 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 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 particular hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is quick and easy, just download the app or visit www.twitter.com and click the signup tab. The full name you insert will be your display name, but this can be altered as often as you want. Choose a username (or handle) so members can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve entered your phone number for authentication purposes, selected an avatar, and written a quick bio about yourself so others can see your hobbies 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 personalities of which you’re a fan. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will offer a standard type of setup wizard to help you begin, such as suggesting some members that you might like to follow. You can grant Twitter permission to explore your contacts list to locate any of your friends that are currently using Twitter. Following friends and other users is particularly simple, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide recommendations for other users to follow depending upon the sorts of users you’re already following. All the tweets of your followers will turn up 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 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, videos, gifs, photos, images – a complete range of different media that can be uploaded through 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 awesome!
Once you understand the basics of Twitter, the world is practically at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the latest trends, be the first to see 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 organically, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply talk to Internet Marketing Experts Kalgoorlie on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for further information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertskalgoorlie.com.au