An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social media and want to learn the essentials of one of the coolest platforms on Earth? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where roughly 330 million users engage with each other through brief messages of up 280 characters. At the moment there’s around 6,000 tweets being sent through the internet each second, varying from basic text messages to images, gifs, memes, videos, and even more. Twitter is one of the most fashionable social networking channels and is quite different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where members share a wide array of information; from jokes, news, politics, or just general thoughts about odd topics! As opposed to having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is founded on followers (not necessarily friends) so not only can you connect with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, politicians, and journalists alike. Everything you upload on Twitter is accessible publicly for everybody to see, but don’t panic, you can simply adjust your preferences to private if you prefer to.
The first step in understanding Twitter is to understand the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most prevalent vernacular:
Tweet – A 280-character message
Retweet (RT) – Sharing a tweet created by another person
Feed – The list of tweets you’ll find on your homepage from people that you choose to follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of referencing other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any member mentioned in a tweet is informed, being a simple way to communicate with other members publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another person. You can either elect to accept DM’s from all users or just people that you follow
Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a conversation (e.g. #Vegans). You can find tweets from all users that mention a certain hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.
Creating an Account
Creating an account is quick and straightforward, just download the app or go to www.twitter.com and click the signup button. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be modified as often 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, selected an avatar, and created a quick bio about yourself so others can see your hobbies and interests, you’re good to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As discussed beforehand, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other identities of which you’re a fan. Once you’ve signed up, Twitter will provide a helpful type of setup wizard to help you get started, like recommending some members that you might like to follow. You can give Twitter permission to surf your contacts list to identify any of your friends that are already using Twitter. Following friends and other users is really simple, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer suggestions for other users to follow depending upon the types of users you’re currently following. All the tweets of your followers will show up 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 select the ‘Compose New Tweet’ button and you can Tweet text, images, photos, videos, gifs – a whole range of different media that can be uploaded through your device. Don’t forget though, videos can only be a maximum of 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length, however photos and images do not count towards your character limit, which is fantastic!
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 watch viral posts, and interact 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 automatically, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply get in touch with Internet Marketing Experts Perth on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsperth.com.au