If you’ve not been living under a rock, you’ll have heard of the social network Twitter. With over 320 million users in 2018, Twitter has an activity community and is an interesting service for those wanting to learn about current affairs or voice their opinion online.
While the platform is sometimes criticised for having too much freedom of expression, it does allow people to express themselves in 280 characters or less and using hashtags (#). However, it can be difficult to get started on Twitter, create an account, and use the platform.
Whether you're an individual, marketer, blogger, or dreaming of becoming an influencer, here's how you can connect with people on Twitter, one of the world's most popular social media sites, how you can create an account, and generally how you can get started on Twitter.
Creating Your Twitter Profile
If you want to get involved in the Twittersphere, the first thing you’ll have to do is sign up! To sign up, you just need to go to www.twitter.com and click on “Sign Up”. You’ll need a few details to create your account:
- Your username.
- A telephone number or email address.
- A password of at least 6 characters.
You just need to validate your account and you’re ready to go! However, if you don’t want your phone number or email address to be used to find you on Twitter, you can go to “Privacy and Safety” in your settings and go to “Discoverability”.
You’ll get an email to confirm the creation of your account. You can then access the social network’s homepage which won’t have a Twitter feed but just your profile page.
You can have several Twitter accounts with different usernames but you’ll need different email addresses to do this. You can then switch between them at your leisure.
You can sign up to Twitter through a mobile phone (Android or iOS) and it’s also quite simple. You can go to the site on your phone or download the Twitter app and follow the same procedure on a smaller screen.
Your profile will be created but you’ll need to personalise it. Here’s how you add an image to your profile:
- Launch Twitter.
- Login to your account with your email address and password.
- Access the “Edit profile” menu in the top right of the screen.
- Click on “change your profile photo”.
- Click on “upload photo”.
- Choose an image saved on your computer.
- Adjust the image to fit.
- Click “Apply”.
On a smartphone, you need to click and hold on the profile picture to change it.
Start by Following Accounts
The main draw for Twitter is being able to follow accounts you’re interested in and get a feed filled with content that interests you.
So how do you find which accounts you should follow?
You need to do this according to your tastes. That said, you should also follow news accounts and useful accounts for information.
This will help you keep up to date with what’s going on in the world just by scrolling. Remember that:
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” - Albert Einstein
It’s a good idea to pick some lighthearted accounts so that your feed isn’t overwhelmingly serious. Humour, art, pop culture, and sport are all good choices.
There are plenty of famous Twitter accounts to follow. Add some good accounts to your feed as well as TV shows and you’ll get some interesting information on your feed. You can even follow us on Twitter!
You can also find relevant information by using a hashtag (#). This is used to tag content to make it easier to find. If you see something you like and want to share it with your followers, you just have to retweet it.
You can also use hashtags on Instagram, too.
Advice for Using Twitter
If you use Twitter, it can be for business or pleasure. The way you use Twitter will differ depending on what you’re using your account for. For one, you’ll be thinking about web marketing, SEO, Twitter analytics, etc.
On the other, you can enjoy your feed, Tweet on anything from politics to your favourite TV shows.
If you want to drive engagement on Twitter (for your blog or website, etc.), here’s some advice to get you started:
- Have a clear profile picture so people can see who you are.
- Make sure you have a good profile description.
- Add links to your blog, website, or other social media accounts.
- Make sure your tweets and clear and effective.
- Regularly tweet.
- Use different types of media in your tweets.
These basic steps will help you develop your personal or business Twitter account. It’s quite simple to gain followers and create a network. Knowing how Twitter works and how to use it is essential.
If you only use Twitter to follow accounts, then you needn’t worry about all this. Otherwise, you’ll need to know how to tweet, get retweets, edit your profile, and how to use the messaging.
Finally, don’t abuse Twitter and don’t get abused on Twitter. Twitter users can be cruel and threatening. Don’t forget that there’s as much good as there is bad on Twitter:
“LinkedIn is for the people you know. Facebook is for the people you used to know. Twitter is for people you want to know”
Be part of the solution and not part of the problem by paying attention to what you say on the network. For one, it means that you won’t have to frantically delete tweets.
If you tweet something and regret it, you needn’t worry. Just delete it and move on. However, be careful as some users may do a screenshot of your tweet before you delete it, especially if you’re well known.
In short, we recommend that, like everything else, you use Twitter in moderation. You’ll get better at social media the more you use it. You’ll also learn how to sort the good tweets from the bad ones.
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Logging Out of Twitter
Many users don’t know how to log out of Twitter. If you want to log out, you just need to click on your profile picture on the top right of the screen.
You’ll see a drop-down menu and you just need to click on “Log Out...”.
For mobile devices, it’s a bit more complicated. You need to click on your profile picture, select “Setting and privacy”, “Account”, and “Log Out”. However, as long as you keep your mobile on you, there shouldn’t be a problem staying connected.
If you’re not happy with Twitter, you can also delete your account. To do this, it’s a little more complicated.
Click on “Setting and Privacy”. In the “Account” section, click on “Deactivate your account”. Once accepted, you’ll have 30 days to reconnect.
So are you ready to create a Twitter profile?
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You can also learn more about different social networks on Superprof.
If you still need some more information on how to use Twitter, consider getting in touch with a private tutor on Superprof. They can help you with networking on Twitter, tweeting to the people that follow you, etc. If you're an entrepreneur interested in using Twitter, they can help you with branding, how to interact with Twitter followers, running a Twitter marketing campaign, and Facebook and Twitter tools such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite.
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