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 in the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where somewhere around 330 million users connect with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. At the moment there’s almost 6,000 tweets being sent through cyberspace every second, ranging from standard text messages to images, videos, gifs, memes, and even more. Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites and is very different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.
Twitter is a platform where users exchange a variety of information; from politics, news, jokes, or just universal thoughts about vague topics! Rather than 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 sport stars, politicians, and journalists alike. Anything you upload on Twitter is accessible publicly for anyone to see, but don’t worry, you can freely alter your preferences to private if you wish to.
The very first step in understanding Twitter is to grasp the basic terms and lingo used. The following lists the most common 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 individuals that you choose to follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of referencing other users in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user 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 member. You can either opt 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 conversation (e.g. #Vegans). You can search for tweets from all users that mention a particular 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 hit the signup tab. The full name you insert will be your display name, but this can be modified as regularly as you like. Pick a username (or handle) so users can mention you by typing the @ symbol in front of your username. After you’ve typed in your mobile number for validation purposes, chosen 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 touched on beforehand, 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 enthusiast. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will provide a standard sort of setup wizard to help you get started, like suggesting some individuals that you may want to follow. You can give Twitter permission to search your contacts list to discover any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is particularly easy, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer suggestions for other users to follow based upon the sorts of users you’re already following. All the tweets of your followers will show 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, so 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 the ‘Compose New Tweet’ button and you can Tweet text, photos, videos, images, gifs – an entire range of different media that can be uploaded through your device. Bear in mind 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 understand 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 socialise with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and user-friendly platform.
Once you’ve got started using Twitter, the rest will fall into place automatically, so why join the Twitterverse today? If you need any assistance with getting started on Twitter, simply speak with Internet Marketing Experts Cairns on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for further information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertscairns.com.au