Different social media sites have different uses, strengths, and advantages. Twitter could be called a ‘real time social networking’ site, a place for sharing information as it happens, and for connecting with others in real time, often resulting in lasting friendships and contacts.
1.Go to Twitter.com and sign up for a free account. Do so by entering your name, email address, and desired password in the provided space.
2. Learn the Twitter lingo and use it appropriately.
- Tweet single update of 140 characters or less, which can include @Mentions to other users, hashtags, external links, or simply regular text.
- Retweet or “RT” – taking a tweet from one user and posting it yourself, automatically crediting the source
- TweetUps – Using Twitter to meet with other Twitter folks.
- Trending Topics (TTs) – “Trending Topics” lists a range of subjects which many users across Twitter are talking about simultaneously. Trending Topic there will be up to three ‘Top Tweets’ highlighted–Those are the tweets in each topic which have been retweeted more than 150 times. You can view a list of trends in your area in the right-hand column of the homepage.
- Lists – Users can organize the people they follow into lists of businesses or personalities which are related in some way.
- Promoted Tweets – A single trending topic which a company or organization can pay to ‘trend’, as to gain attention and traffic from Twitter users worldwide.
3. Tweet. If you want to let your followers know what you are doing, type it into the ‘What’s happening?’ text box and then click on the ‘Tweet’ button. Note that tweets are limited to 140 characters or less; otherwise, the “Tweet” button will go into a minus.
4. Use hashtags. Prefacing a word with a ‘#’ will create a hashtag. A hashtag makes a certain word easily searchable. For more information on hashtags see the wikiHow article on How to use Hashtags with Twitter.
5. Gather Followers.
Your Twitter can be as intimate or as big as you choose. If your goal is to gather lots of followers, though, be sure to keep your posts interesting and relevant.
6. Check the replies from your followers that are directed at you. Click ‘@Mentions’ to see if there are any replies to any of your ‘tweets’. When tweeting, using ‘@’ followed by a username (with no spaces) in your tweet will send a mention to the user you choose. For example, ‘@username’ will send a mention to ‘username’, and the entire tweet will show up in his ‘@mentions’ section.
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