Time for a coffee?
You've got time to get started on Twitter!
Key tips to help you on your way
@suebecks
Sue Beckingham
1. GETTING STARTED 2. YOUR BIO
Create an account at http://twitter.com and find
the sign up box, or go directly to
https:/...
3. ADDING A PHOTO 4. DESIGN
You can customize the way your Twitter
background looks by choosing a premade
theme or uploadi...
5. ABBREVIATIONS 6. HASHTAGS
Handle = your username
@ = precedes any username
Feed = the stream of tweets you see
Mention ...
5. FOLLOWING 6. FOLLOWERS
To follow people click the Follow button when you
see it next to a user's profile photo or on a ...
7. INTERACTIONS 8. DIRECT MESSAGES
Your Connect tab’s Interactions timeline
shows you how others have been interacting
wit...
9. FAVORITES 10. TWEETING
You can save tweets that you like as favorites by
hovering over the tweet and clicking on Favori...
11. CONVERSATION
12. ADDING A PHOTO
TO A TWEET
Reply: To reply to a tweet, simply click reply
and add your message
Retweet...
13. LISTS 14. SEARCH
Use the search bar at the top of the page.
This will bring up results for tweets, people,
videos and ...
15. SETTINGS
16. CONNECTING TO
YOUR SMARTPHONE
Go to the gear icon and from the
dropdown menu select Settings. Take a
look...
17. TEXT
NOTIFICATIONS
18. EMAIL
NOTIFICATIONS
Go to Settings and then the Mobile tab. Here
you can set up and select whic...
19. SLEEP SETTINGS
20. PASSWORD
CHANGES
To change your password go to Settings and
then the Password tab.You can schedule ...
X. 22. CHANGE PHOTO
To change or remove your profile photo go to
Settings and the Profile tab or edit from your
home page....
23. BLOCKING
FOLLOWERS
24. ACCOUNT HACKED
If you have noticed unexpected Tweets by your
account or seen unintended direct ...
INTRO TO TWITTER
Sue Beckingham
@suebecks
INTRO TO TWITTER
Sue Beckingham
@suebecks
The 24 numbered tips were designed to be printed
as cards (Slide 15 was printed on the reverse).
The cards were used in a ...
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Getting Started with Twitter

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Time for a coffee? You've got time to get started on Twitter! 24 key tips to start you on your way.

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Getting Started with Twitter

  1. 1. Time for a coffee? You've got time to get started on Twitter! Key tips to help you on your way @suebecks Sue Beckingham
  2. 2. 1. GETTING STARTED 2. YOUR BIO Create an account at http://twitter.com and find the sign up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup. Enter your full name, email address, and a password. You will then need to choose a username. Usernames must be fewer than 15 characters in length and cannot contain 'admin' or 'Twitter' Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to verify that you're human. Twitter will send a confirmation email to the address you entered on sign up. Click the link in that email to confirm your email address and account. Complete you bio to say something about yourself or who you represent in up to 160 characters. Consider including a link to your blog, website or your LinkedIn profile in the website section. To edit go to Settings and then the Profile tab.
  3. 3. 3. ADDING A PHOTO 4. DESIGN You can customize the way your Twitter background looks by choosing a premade theme or uploading your own photo. You may also edit the colour any links appear. From Settings select the Design tab. Alternatively you can choose from thousands of background patterns & colour palettes from Themeleon http://www.colourlovers.com/themeleon/twitter People are more trusting of a profile with a photo or avatar than the default egg icon. This photo is your identity on Twitter and appears with your Tweets. Profile photos can be up to 2MB in any of the following formats: JPG, GIF, or PNG. (Twitter does not support animated GIFs.) You can upload (and change) a photo and header by going to Settings and then the Profile tab or edit from your home page.
  4. 4. 5. ABBREVIATIONS 6. HASHTAGS Handle = your username @ = precedes any username Feed = the stream of tweets you see Mention = when a @username is in a tweet RT = retweet MT = modified tweet DM = direct message HT = hat tip IMO = in my honest opinion | = useful separator #FF = follow Friday A hashtag, or #, denotes a keyword or topic on Twitter. It’s any string of characters or words without spaces. They can occur anywhere in the Tweet, at the beginning, middle, or end. By searching for a hashtag you can collate all the tweets containing it. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often referred to as trending. Tips: don't overuse in tweets and do make use of capital letters to avoid confusion and provide clarity (when joining words together). # Get to know the jargon!
  5. 5. 5. FOLLOWING 6. FOLLOWERS To follow people click the Follow button when you see it next to a user's profile photo or on a user's profile page. You can also click the Follow button next to any of your Who to follow suggestions, next to user search results, or anywhere else you see the Follow button on the web. Users with protected Tweets will have to approve your follow request before you'll be able to see their Tweets. Tip: Check who others are following from their profile page where you share similar interests. You can un-follow anyone by hovering over and then clicking the follow button. You can see who is following you (and who you are following) from your profile page. The number of people you follow and follow you appears just below your header and photo. It is your choice as to whether you follow that person back.
  6. 6. 7. INTERACTIONS 8. DIRECT MESSAGES Your Connect tab’s Interactions timeline shows you how others have been interacting with you on Twitter. When someone marks your Tweet as a favourite, mentions your username, follows you, or retweets your content. When another user includes your username preceded by the @ symbol in a Tweet, we call it a “mention.” Your Mentions tab collects Tweets that mention you by your username so you can keep track of conversations others are having with you. Click a Tweet to see the conversation. A direct message is a personal Tweet seen only by the sender and the recipient. To read yours, click on Direct messages from the dear icon drop down menu in your navigation bar. To send one, just specify the username of the account you want to communicate with preceded with the @ sign. (Note they must be following you).
  7. 7. 9. FAVORITES 10. TWEETING You can save tweets that you like as favorites by hovering over the tweet and clicking on Favorite. A yellow star will then appear in the top right corner of the tweet. You can undo a favorite by hovering again and clicking on Favorited. You can view your favorited tweets from your profile page. Click on Favorites and they will be listed in the main window. Tweets can be up to 140 characters or 130 if you include a link. Within your tweet you can mention others by adding their name (@username). You may add a url link to a web page, video, audio or image. Share info, ask and answer questions. To compose a tweet click on the button which is in the top right corner or the compose new tweet box on the left (you must be on the home page)
  8. 8. 11. CONVERSATION 12. ADDING A PHOTO TO A TWEET Reply: To reply to a tweet, simply click reply and add your message Retweet RT: If you read someone else's tweet, you may retweet this by hovering over the tweet and clicking on the retweet button. It will then include RT. Modified Tweet MT: This where you wish to retweet a modified version of someone's tweet (shortened or added to) and acknowledge this by including MT. Using your desktop you can add a photo you have saved to a tweet by clicking on the camera icon. A dialogue box will open and you can select the photo from where you have it saved.
  9. 9. 13. LISTS 14. SEARCH Use the search bar at the top of the page. This will bring up results for tweets, people, videos and photos included in tweets containing the word you searched for (with and without #). You can organise the people you follow into groups by creating lists. Give your named list a description. It can be either public or private. Add a name to your list from their page. You can follow others' lists and be made a member of someone else's list. Subscribe to: lists you've created or follow Member of: where you've been added to a list
  10. 10. 15. SETTINGS 16. CONNECTING TO YOUR SMARTPHONE Go to the gear icon and from the dropdown menu select Settings. Take a look at each of the settings below. Go to Settings and the Mobile tab. Select your country from the drop down menu and to enter your phone number. You will be directed to send the word 'GO' via text message to Twitter. Text the verification code from your phone to that short code. Once Twitter receives the verification code from you, your mobile device will be added to your Twitter account! To remove your phone number or change it click on Delete my phone. You will then be prompted to add a new number if you wish to.
  11. 11. 17. TEXT NOTIFICATIONS 18. EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS Go to Settings and then the Mobile tab. Here you can set up and select which notifications you would like to receive as texts. You can choose to receive email notifications when your Tweets are favourited, retweeted, or you are mentioned by someone. For each of these emails you can choose to receive notifications from everyone or from just the people you follow. You can also receive notifications if you are followed by someone new or when you receive a direct message. To set up notifications go to Settings and then the Email notifications tab.
  12. 12. 19. SLEEP SETTINGS 20. PASSWORD CHANGES To change your password go to Settings and then the Password tab.You can schedule an OFF and ON time for Twitter updates coming in to your phone. Note: Make sure your time zone is correct, otherwise your sleep time might operate on someone else's schedule!
  13. 13. X. 22. CHANGE PHOTO To change or remove your profile photo go to Settings and the Profile tab or edit from your home page. Click the Change photo button next to your profile photo. You’ll be given the option to upload a photo, take a photo, or remove your existing photo. If you take a photo with your webcam, you may receive an alert asking permission to use your webcam. To proceed, click Allow.) Upload or take a photo, position and size it to your liking, and then click Apply. 21. NAME CHANGES You can change your username and real name. Go to Settings and then the Account tab. Change the username listed in your username field. If the username chosen is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one. Don't forget to click Save changes at the bottom of the page. This will not affect your existing followers, direct messages, or @replies. Your followers will simply see a new username next to your profile photo when you update. Change your real name in your Profile Settings tab.
  14. 14. 23. BLOCKING FOLLOWERS 24. ACCOUNT HACKED If you have noticed unexpected Tweets by your account or seen unintended direct messages (DMs) sent from your account your account may have been compromised Change your password immediately from the Password tab in settings. Select a strong password you haven't used before. If you're unable to log in with your username and password, reset your password by requesting an email from the password reset form. Try entering both your username and email address, and be sure to check for the reset email at the address associated with your Twitter account. Infrequently (but a potential hazard) you may be followed by someone you don't wish to be associated with. Telling signs are users with no photo or bio sharing a random message and a link. Do NOT click on the link. Click on the username and then via the drop down box block or report the user for spam.
  15. 15. INTRO TO TWITTER Sue Beckingham @suebecks INTRO TO TWITTER Sue Beckingham @suebecks
  16. 16. The 24 numbered tips were designed to be printed as cards (Slide 15 was printed on the reverse). The cards were used in a 'Getting started with Twitter' workshop. Sue Beckingham @suebecks

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