An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of
Are you new to social media sites 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 roughly 330 million users communicate with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. Already there’s over 6,000 tweets being sent through the net every second, ranging from basic text messages to images, videos, memes, gifs, and so much more. Twitter is among the most stylish social networking channels and is quite different to other social networking giants like Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter is a platform where members share a range of information; from jokes, news, politics, or just general thoughts about confusing 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, journalists, and politicians as well. Everything you publish on Twitter is available publicly for everyone to find, but don’t stress, you can conveniently alter your preferences to private if you prefer to.
The very first step in learning Twitter is to be able to interpret the basic terms and jargon used. The following lists the most conventional 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 members that you follow
Handle – Your username
Mention (@) – A way of referencing other users in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is notified, being an easy way to interact with other people publicly
Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another user. You can either select to accept DM’s from all users or just members that you follow
Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a discussion (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 insert will be your display name, but this can be altered as often as you want. Decide on a username (or handle) so people can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve typed in your mobile number for verification purposes, chosen an avatar, and written a quick bio about yourself so others can see your hobbies and interests, you’re good to go!
Joining the Twittersphere
As detailed earlier on, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your friends, but also any other personalities of which you’re a fan. Once you’ve signed up, Twitter will present a standard kind of setup wizard to help you get started, like suggesting some people that you may like to follow. You can give Twitter permission to surf your contacts list to locate any of your friends that are already using Twitter. Following friends and other users is very simple, and once you’ve begun following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide suggestions for other users to follow depending upon the types of users you’re already following. All the tweets of your followers will be visible 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 adheres to 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, images, videos, gifs, photos – a full range of different media that can be uploaded through your device. Keep 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 fantastic!
Once you’ve understood the basics of Twitter, the world is virtually at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the current trends, be the first to see viral posts, and connect with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and easy to use platform.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, the rest will fall into place easily, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any guidance with getting started on Twitter, simply talk with Internet Marketing Experts Melbourne on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for more information: http://www.internetmarketingexpertsmelbourne.com.au