To get started using Twitter, you have to sign up first.You can do so in the box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen
You start by typing in you full name (or the name you want to beseen on your account) then typing in your e-mail address, and a password that you can remember. Then click “Sign up for Twitter”
Then a page that looks like this will shop up. On thispage, they will evaluate all the information you put in, and tell you if something needs changing.
If red lettering appears like this, that means that something has been typed wrong, or there is some problem that needs to be fixed. The site will tell you what needs fixing.
A username is used by the site to differentiate you between other people of the same name. For example, the names“Logan” and “Logan Taylor” were already taken, so I made my username “Logantaylor0115”.
The two boxes that say “Keep me signed in on this computer” and “Tailor Twitter on my recent website visits” are for making Twitter more convenient.If you are the only one who uses your computer, or if you don’t care who gets onto your Twitter profile, you can check the first box.
If you check the second box, Twitter will keep track of the websites you visit, and makes suggestions of people and/or organizations that you might find interesting to follow. For instance, if you like looking up new food recipes, Twitter might suggest that you follow Emeril Lagasse, or Paula Deen
After you have filled in all of the boxes correctly, click “Create my account”
Then a page like this will appear. In the little box on the top left hand corner, you click “Next” and follow the instructions it lays out for you .
From here, you start to create your timeline by “following”people. This means that any time they put anything on Twitter,whether it be a link, a video, or just a regular Tweet, it will show up on your timeline, so you can see it.
If you have friends that you know are on Twitter, youcan type their name into where it says “Search for”, and it will bring up all of the people who have that name.
For instance, I just looked up “JohnSmith”, and I’m having trouble finding the one that I actually know.
Twitter will start by making you follow five people to get yourtimeline started. So just choose five people or organizations that you want to follow. They can be celebrities, friends, or both, anyone that has a Twitter account.
Afterward, it will ask you to choose five more, and this time itshows you several different categories of people to chose from.Music, Sports, Government, Entertainment, etc. Add five more people or organizations to your timeline.
And after that, Twitter will ask to search through your email contacts to find people you know that are on Twitter.
Twitter will ask you to add five more people from you contact lists. If you don’t want Twitter to do that, or if you don’t have an account with one of the given providers, or if you don’t have enough contacts to fill thefive person quota, you can click “Skip” at the bottom left hand corner of the little white box.
Next you can upload a photo of yourself to use as aprofile picture, and type a short bio describing who you are and where you come from, or what you like to do.
To upload a picture, click “Upload image”. Then go to where you store your photos, and pick out one youlike.(It may be wise to ask for help if you are unsure)
How to Participate on TwitterYou should now be finished with your set-up process. You officially have a Twitter account! I will now go over some of the basics for being active on Twitter.
This is your home page. It is where you can findyou timeline, and you can catch up on all of the people you are following.
On the top right hand corner or the screen is the “ComposeTweet” button. You press this whenever you want to write a new Tweet. You can tell people what you are doing, offer your opinion on some subject, or talk to your friends.
You can click on the home button to take you back to you home page.
This is the Connect page. It shows you all of the peoplethat are talking about you, all of you own Tweets, and any messages that you might have received.
You can get to the Connect page by clicking on the “@Connect” tab.
The Discover page is for finding people to follow. It offers several different links to help you do so.
The “Tweets” button allows you to see the Tweets of the people you are following.
The “Activity” Button allows you to see what changes the people you are following have made to their profile. Like if they are following new people.
The “Who to follow” button makes suggestions for people you might find interesting to follow. Based off of who you arefollowing already, the websites you are visiting (if you checked the box during the set-up), and your other actions on Twitter.
The “Find friends” button, allows Twitter tosearch through your email contacts and find people who you know that are on Twitter.
The “Browse categories” button allows you to search for people to follow based off of categories such as music, sports, entertainment, etc.
Finally, the “Me” tab, allows you to view your profile,and make changes to it. It also allows you to see who you are following, who is following you, etc.
Social Networking via TwitterNow I will tell you some different techniques that you can use while Tweeting to better connect with people and get even more involved in Twitter.
If you want to direct a Tweet towards another person, then before you type yourmessage, you need to type their username. The easiest way to get their username isto be one of their followers, and then go to your “Me” tab, and click on the link that says “Following”. Then scroll down to the person you want to Tweet to.
Their username is different from their profile name. For instance the profile name of this person here is “Jamie Johansen”, which is her real name. But her username is @mylifeNthehills
So if I wanted to direct a Tweet at Jamie, I would click onthe “Compose Tweet” button, this little white box will pop up, and then I would type in her username, then the message I wanted to say.
HashtagsHashtags are a way to increase the chances of your Tweet being seen. It also allows you to see Tweets posted by other people that are talking about the same thing you are. For instance, If I Tweeted something like “Going to a George Strait concert! So excited! #countrymusic”, I could then search #countrymusic, or click on #countrymusic, and Twitter would show me all of the tweets that included #countrymusic. All that it takes to add a hashtag is simply placing the pound symbol “#” in front of a short phrase without spaces.
ConclusionThose are the basics for getting started onto Twitter, I hope I was able to help you! The best advice that I can give you is to just play around on the site until you figure out all of its quirks, don’t be afraid to push buttons.
Need Extra Help?• If you are wanting to do something that I didn’t go over, or have something that you don’t understand, then go to support.twitter.com. I found much of my information there, and they have many different functions to help you learn.