An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of

An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of

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Are you new to social networking sites and want to learn the essentials of one of the most awesome platforms in the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where close to 330 million users interact with each other through brief messages of up 280 characters. Already there’s close to 6,000 tweets being sent through the internet every second, ranging from standard text messages to memes, gifs, images, videos, and so much more. Twitter is among the most stylish social networking sites and is very different to other social networking giants like Instagram and Facebook.

Twitter is a platform where people exchange a medley of information; from jokes, politics, news, or just general thoughts about odd topics! Instead of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is dependent on followers (not necessarily friends) so not only can you connect with friends, but also your favourite politicians, journalists, and sport stars as well. Everything you upload on Twitter is accessible publicly for anyone to find, but don’t worry, you can conveniently switch your preferences to private if you want to.


The initial step in learning Twitter is to be aware of the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most conventional vernacular:

Tweet – A 280-character message

Retweet (RT) – Sharing a tweet created by another user

Feed – The list of tweets you’ll find on your homepage from members that you choose to follow

Handle – Your username

Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other members in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is informed, being a straightforward way to interact with other users publicly

Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another member. You can either choose to accept DM’s from all users 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 search for tweets from all users that mention a certain hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.

Creating an Account

Creating an account is quick and straightforward, just download the app or head to and hit the signup button. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be modified as regularly as you like. Choose a username (or handle) so people can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve entered your phone number for authorisation purposes, selected an avatar, and penned a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re good to go!

Joining the Twittersphere

As mentioned earlier, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other personalities of which you’re a supporter. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will offer a basic sort of setup wizard to help you get started, such as recommending some people that you might want to follow. You can give Twitter permission to browse your contacts list to identify any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is really easy, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer recommendations for other users to follow based on the sorts of users you’re presently following. All the tweets of your followers will show in your Feed, so the more you follow, the more Tweets will appear in sequential order in your Feed.

Tweet Something

You can Tweet anything you like, so long as it obeys Twitters rules and guidelines ( 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. Bear 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 fantastic!

Once you’ve understood the basics of Twitter, the world is literally at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the current trends, be the first to watch viral posts, and communicate with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and user-friendly platform.

Once you’ve got started using Twitter, the rest will fall into place easily, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any help with getting started on Twitter, simply reach out to Internet Marketing Experts Brisbane on 1300 595 013, or visit our website for further information:


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