Tweet Tweet! Welcome to my introduction to the wonderful world of Twitter.
Whenever I am asked what my favorite forms of social media are Twitter is always near the top of that list.
Twitter is an incredible, fast paced, engaging way to communicate (within 140 characters) with people from all over the globe.
Twitter has been around for almost 10 years now (launched in July of 2006), but I am always surprised by the many people who do not have twitter accounts, or even really understand what it means to tweet.
I often get questioned about how exactly does Twitter work, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to put together this blog post to first explain the difference between Facebook and Twitter, as well as a mini-tutorial on how to join and interact on Twitter.
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I once came across a perfect analogy about the main difference between Facebook and Twitter: Twitter has been likened to a giant party where you know no one but wish to make many friends, whereas Facebook would be a wedding reception filled with family and friends.
So lets get moving and help you join in the giant party!
Once you have decided that you are interested in being a part of the twitterverse, the first thing you will need to do is to signup for a Twitter account. During the sign up process you will create a username, which is referred to as your twitter handle, and a password.
Next you will want to work on setting up your Twitter profile. Your Twitter profile is how other Twitter users see you on the network: your Profile Photo and Header Photo images, name, location and bio. You can also put up a link to your website or blog within the profile section.
– For example you can check out my twitter profile here: Clarissa’s Twitter Profile
– Ok, so now that you have your username and profile established on twitter, its time to start following people.
Click on the link to check out Twitter’s search feature: Twitter search home
You can search for and find just about any person, group, company, business, blog site, etc. that you may be interested in on twitter. Once you find who or what you want to follow, just click “Follow” – simple as that. Once you are following people you will be able to read, observe and even respond to their tweets. You will also be able to join twitter parties and enter various giveaways!
One of my favorite things about twitter is just how interactive it is. I have been able to connect and tweet with celebrities, favorite bloggers of mine, as well as favorite companies and brands. I have also made “twitter friends” from all over the globe.
Once you are ready to start tweeting here are some common terms to help you get acclimated to Twitter speak that I located on TweeParties.com
- Tweet – The name for your posts or updates. When you post anything on Twitter– a thought, a link, an opinion, a joke — you just sent a tweet.
- Retweet. When you re-post a tweet sent by someone else. Usually by hitting the “Retweet” button that appears when you hover around the lower right corner of someone’s tweet, or by copying and pasting their tweet and adding an the letters “RT” before it.
- DM. Short for “Direct Message.” A private message that you either send to or receive from one of your followers. Unlike tweets, these messages do not appear in your timeline for everyone to see, but are private.
- Follower. Someone who makes you feel special by choosing to ‘subscribe’ to you and see all of your tweets.
- Hashtag. Any word with the “#” symbol in front of it. It acts as a keyword, which makes it easy for someone searching for a particular topic. People include hashtags in tweets so that others interested in that same hashtag can find them easily. Twitter parties would not exist without them.
- @. This symbol is found when a Twitter user is mentioned in a tweet. Placing that symbol in front of a user’s ID allows you to click on that ID and easily find out more about user. Also, when logged in, you’ll notice on your Twitter page in the right sidebar under “HOME” that your Twitter ID appears with the “@” symbol in front of it. If you click on that, you will see all of the tweets in which you were mentioned on Twitter by another user.
- Reply. When you respond to another user or their tweet. If you hover in the lower right corner of the person’s tweet you want to reply to, you’ll see a “reply” button. Click that, then type a message. Their ID will appear in your type box with the “@” symbol in front of it. Just type your reply after this. The “@” symbol in front of their ID helps the recipient see your reply. When this symbol and the user’s ID are the first characters in your reply, only the two of you, or someone following both of you, can see your reply in the timeline.
- 140. The maximum number of characters you are allowed to type in a tweet. Short and sweet.
If you need additional help navigating the twitterworld, please feel free to refer to the Twitter glossary.
Once you are up and running on twitter, follow me and I will follow you back!
Please feel free to ask any questions or comment on this post!