What is Twitter?

What is Twitter?

One of the largest services for friends, family, co-workers and companies to communicate online, Twitter has taken the world by storm but, what is Twitter?

Twitter has become hugely popular over the last year mainly thanks to its simplicity. You post updates or ‘tweets’ of more than 140 characters and communicate with those who are interested.

Another appeal of Twitter is ‘following’ people. The process of following people allows you to keep track of people’s ‘tweets’ and communicate with them via direct message or public posts. You can follow friends, famous authors, comedians, musicians, or just someone you find interesting.

How to sign up to Twitter:

First of all, visit www.twitter.com and click on the ‘Join!’ button which is located on the right hand side of the page.

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To register you will need to enter:

• Your Full name,

• A Username which you will be known as, if you do not get your desired username, you may need to add an extra letter or number

• A password of at least six characters

• Your current email address

• The two separate words in the security box provided which has lines crossed through them. Please note you will need to type them as follows for example: match space

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Click Register and you are signed up.

If you are using Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail or MSN for your e-mails, at the next step, click the relevant tab on the left hand side, and then enter your e-mail address and password. This will show you a list of which of your friends have registered on Twitter and you can select to add them to your watching profile instantly.

Important

Unlike other sites, Twitter will not send any emails to your contacts from these lists without your permission.

Once you have selected the relevant people, click the continue button at the bottom.

Now you will be given the option to send a request to any of your friends on your list for them to sign up and follow your Twitter. Go down the list and click on the email addresses and click the invite button at the bottom of the page when finished. Alternatively, below the invite button is a “skip this step” button.

Click Finish when you have done selecting or click the “skip this step button” below it.

Using Twitter

Twitter is very easy to use, and has a very simple interface. With Twitter, you have a timeline, which catalogues all the recent tweets from all of the different people you follow.

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From here you can also check to see if you have been mentioned (or ‘@’), see if anyone has ‘retweeted’ one of your tweets because they found it particularly humorous or intellectually stimulating, or search for more people to follow.

However most of the navigating (if any) you will do around twitter will be done from the top right of the page. Here we have the main navigation menu (below).

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You can navigate between the ‘Home’ screen, which houses your ‘timeline’, the profile screen which allows you to edit your own twitter page, the messages screen which is for direct twitter messages and finally ‘who to follow’, which suggests people for you to follow based on the people you are already following. It is from this screen you can search friends or celebrities by name.

However, Twitter was made as a simple social networking site. If any of it overwhelms you, stick to the home screen and your friends tweets. As you get more comfortable, maybe try and explore a little. Good luck @YOURLifeChoices readers!

You can follow us on twitter at //www.twitter.com/yourlifechoices



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