If you’re new to Twitter or just want to better understand how it works this blog post is for you. Twitter is a platform that makes it easy to share thoughts or pieces of information quickly. Below is an outline for using Twitter as well as a few quick tips on best practices.
First, start off by creating an account. Go to the website and ‘Sign up’ if you’re new. You’ll need to put in your name, phone number or email address as well as your birthday. You will then be prompted to enter a verification code sent to either your phone or email.
Next, you’ll make a password and from there you can choose a handle (username), picture and any other information you want to include like a bio.
A good tool to find before you begin is the menu bar, pictured below. From here you can explore hashtags, look at your notifications and read private messages.
If you need to make changes or fix your privacy settings click the ‘More’ button on the bottom left side of the screen and then choose ‘Settings and privacy:’
Once you have your account you can start using it. In order to write a Tweet, find the ‘What’s happening?’ box on your home page:
Or click the “Tweet” tab which you can find on your home page or profile page:
Either of those options will allow you to compose a Tweet:
If you look at the image above, you will see how I used a hashtag to tag a topic and the @ symbol to tag a person. Tagging a person will alert the person that they are in your Tweet.
Other options along the bottom of your Tweet composition box include tabs for you to add an image, GIF, poll or emoji to the Tweet. You can also schedule when you want to send the Tweet by using the calendar icon that appears there.
Once you send the Tweet it will appear on your profile page.
That’s a quick tutorial on how to use Twitter!