The Beginners’ Guide to Twitter – Part 1

Twitter for Beginners

Twitter is growing at a rapid rate, faster than any other social networking site. It is a great place to send real-time messages to friends and family, to communicate with customers or interact with industry experts and your favourite celebrities. I won’t be covering all of Twitters features in this post, but check out our tag Twitter for more advanced guides.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is an online social networking site that allows you to communicate with your followers in messages of no more than 140 characters. Twitter describe themselves as “A real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now.”

Twitter is about sharing content. You can find out what people think of a certain film, ask your followers questions, see what top sports stars are saying and get links to great articles on virtually any topic.

Setting Up Your Account

Got to Twitter.com and click ‘Sign Up’ (right hand side). Fill out the simple form and click ‘Create my account’.

You will then be asked to select the topics that you are interested in. If you choose ‘Technology’ it will show you some of the top Technology Twitterers and you can choose whether to follow them or not.

Once your happy with your choice(s) click ‘Next step: friends’ at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2 gives you the option to scan your email address book or contacts to discover which of your friends are already on Twitter. You can find and follow them if you wish.

Once your happy with your choice(s) click ‘Next step: search’ at the bottom of the screen.

The last step allows you to search for any specific Twitter usernames (eg. @fasthosts) or you could search for a general term such as ‘web hosting’ and it will bring up Twitter accounts related to that phrase.

Once your happy with your choice(s) click ‘Next step: Your Done!’ at the bottom of the screen.

Customise Your Profile

It’s now time to personalise your Twitter account. On the top right of the screen will be your Twitter username and if you click that a drop down list will appear. Click ‘Settings’ and then run through the tabs (Account, Password, Mobile, Notices, Profile, Design) to make the changes you wish.

Get Twitter on Your Mobile

There are over 50,000 third-party internet and mobile phone applications for Twitter. If you want to check out what your Twitter friends are up to whilst on the bus or need to send a follower a message during an office meeting then download one of the thousands of brilliant mobile apps for Twitter. One of the most popular ones (and my personal favourite) is Tweetdeck which is now available on Android phones as well and iPhone/iTouch.

If you have any questions about this post or any of the other Fasthosts Posts then send us a Tweet @fasthosts and add the hashtag #fhblog

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