An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand
Are you new to social media and want to learn the essentials of one of the most awesome platforms around the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where around 330 million users communicate with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. At this point there’s almost 6,000 tweets being sent through the web each second, ranging from basic text messages to images, videos, memes, gifs, and so much more. Twitter is among the most praised social networking channels and is vastly different to other social media giants like Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter is a platform where people publish a wide array of information; from news, politics, jokes, or just everyday thoughts about odd topics! Instead of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is dependent on followers (not specifically friends) so not only can you communicate with friends, but also your favourite politicians, sport stars, and journalists alike. Anything you publish on Twitter is accessible publicly for everyone to find, but don’t worry, you can easily alter your preferences to private if you prefer to.
The first 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 choose to follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of referencing other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is notified, being a simple way to interact with other members publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another person. You can either choose to accept DM’s from all members 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 locate tweets from all users that mention a particular 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 hit the signup button. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be altered as often as you want. Select a username (or handle) so people can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve typed in your phone number for authentication purposes, selected an avatar, and developed a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re good to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As detailed 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 a fan. Once you’ve registered, Twitter will provide a helpful type of setup wizard to help you begin, for instance recommending some members that you might have an interest in following. You can grant Twitter permission to check your contacts list to uncover any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is really simple, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer suggestions for other users to follow based upon the types of users you’re actively following. All the tweets of your followers will show 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, so long as it fulfills 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, videos, gifs, photos – a whole range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Keep in mind though, videos can only be up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length, however photos and images do not count towards your character limit, which is awesome!
Once you understand the basics of Twitter, the world is virtually at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the most recent trends, be the first to see viral posts, and engage with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and easy to use interface.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, the rest will fall into place naturally, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any help with getting started on Twitter, simply reach out to Internet Marketing Experts Darwin on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsdarwin.com.au