How to Use Twitter

How to Use Twitter

August 27, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


How to Use Twitter. With Twitter you have the potential to reach
millions of users instantly. Use it to issue public safety alerts, broadcast
real-time news developments, inform constituents, or solicit feedback. It’s free and easy to use – here’s how
to get started. You will need A computer with internet access
Mobile internet access Texting capabilities A computer with internet access Mobile internet
access and texting capabilities. Step 1. Create an account. Go to Twitter.com and click the green “Get
Started” button to join. Enter your name, user name, password, and
email address, and you’re good to go. Step 2. Decide what you want to say. In general, Twitter messages, or “tweets,”
answer the question, “What are you doing right now?” But you can also post a link, express an opinion
or reaction, or pose a question. Twitter keeps things short and sweet: Messages
can be no longer than 140 characters. Step 3. On the home page, type your message into the
box at the top of the screen and hit “Update.” Congratulations! You’ve posted your first tweet! If your tweet is intended for one user in
particular, type the ‘@’ symbol followed by that user’s screen name before the text
of your message. Step 4. Twitter is a two-way street. Now that you’ve posted your first update,
choose people whose updates you want to follow. To search by name, click on “Find People”
in the upper right corner and then click the “Find on Twitter” tab. You can follow individuals, like friends and
colleagues, and groups, like news services, organizations, and nonprofits. People may be listed under a screen name that
doesn’t match their real name. Step 5. Once you’ve found someone you want to hear
from on Twitter, click “Follow,” and you’ll receive their updates automatically. People you already know will often reciprocate
and start following you, too. If you have a Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail,
or MSN email account, you can import any contacts that also have a Twitter account. You can also invite someone via email, or
scroll through a list of suggested people. Step 6. To help people find you, fill in account information
under “Settings,” such as your location, real name, and a brief bio. You can also add the URL of your web site
or blog if you have one. If you want to restrict your Twitter updates
to only those who follow you, check the box marked, “Protect my updates.” You’ll maintain your privacy, but you’ll
limit your reach. To get the full Twitter experience, leave
the box unchecked. Step 7. You don’t have to be online to use Twitter. No matter where you are, you can stay connected
with your cell phone. On the “Devices” tab under “Settings,”
enter your mobile number to receive and post Twitter updates via text message. Twitter doesn’t charge for text messages,
but your wireless provider might. Make sure you know the details of your messaging
plan. Step 8. On the “Picture” and “Design” tabs,
customize how your profile appears to others by uploading photos and choosing background
themes. Step 9. See what people on Twitter are saying about
subjects you’re interested in. At the bottom of any Twitter page, click “Search”
and type in a name or topic. Or, either below the search box or alongside
search results, check out what’s generating the most buzz by browsing through “Trending
topics.” Step 10. You can post updates from the web in the update
box, via text message, on your cell phone’s web browser using m.twitter.com, or from any
third party application. Apps are available at twitter.com/downloads. The more updates you post, the more people
will follow you. Now get tweeting! Did you know President Barack Obama announced
his selection of Joe Biden as his running mate simultaneously via text message, email,
and Twitter.