An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand

An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Understand

Are you new to social networks and want to learn the basics of one of the coolest platforms on the planet? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where close to 330 million users connect with one another through short messages of up 280 characters. Today there’s almost 6,000 tweets being sent through cyberspace every second, varying from standard text messages to gifs, memes, images, videos, and a whole lot more. Twitter is one of the most stylish social networking channels and is widely different to other social media giants like Facebook and Instagram.

Twitter is a platform where users distribute an assortment of information; from news, politics, jokes, or just universal thoughts about obscure topics! Rather than having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is built upon followers (not always friends) so not only can you engage with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, politicians, and journalists as well. Anything you publish on Twitter is available publicly for everyone to find, but don’t worry, you can quickly adjust your preferences to private if you wish to.


The very first step in learning Twitter is to be able to interpret the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most common vernacular:

Tweet – A 280-character message

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

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

Handle – Your username

Mention (@) – A way of mentioning other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any user mentioned in a tweet is informed, being an uncomplicated way to interact with other people 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 people 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 simple and easy, just download the app or go to and click the signup button. The full name you enter will be your display name, but this can be altered as frequently as you wish. Pick a username (or handle) so users can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve typed in your phone number for authentication purposes, selected an avatar, and typed a quick bio about yourself so others can see your passions and interests, you’re good to go!

Joining the Twittersphere

As stated beforehand, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other characters of which you’re a fan. Once you’ve subscribed, Twitter will present a helpful kind of setup wizard to help you start, for example recommending some members that you might like to follow. You can give Twitter permission to browse your contacts list to discover any of your friends that are already using Twitter. Following friends and other users is extremely easy, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to offer recommendations for other users to follow based on the kinds of users you’re presently following. All the tweets of your followers will show up in your Feed, so the more you follow, the more Tweets will appear in chronological order in your Feed.

Tweet Something

You can Tweet anything you like, so long as it respects 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, photos, videos, images, gifs – a full range of different media that can be uploaded through your device. Remember 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 pretty cool!

Once you’ve gotten the hang of 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 look at viral posts, and socialise with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and user-friendly interface.

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


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