Twitter: How To
To create an account
- Go to 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.
- Click Sign up for Twitter.
- On the next page, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one Twitter has
suggested. They will tell you if the username you want is available.
- Double-check your name, email address, password, and username.
- Click Create my account.
- Twitter will send a confirmation email to the address you sign up with, click the link in the email to confirm your email address and account.
Find and follow others
- The next step is to find and follow other interesting Twitter accounts. Look for businesses you love, public service accounts, people you know, celebrities, or new sources that interest you.
- TIP: One great way to find accounts to follow is to see who those you admire are following. You find accounts by using the search tool.
Check Your Timeline: See what’s happening
- Tweets from those you follow will show up on your Twitter homepage – called your Timeline. New Tweets will show up every time you log on.
- Click links in others’ Tweets to view articles, images or videos they’ve linked to.
- Click hashtagged keywords to view all Tweets about that topic.
It can be fun and exciting to contribute to your own Twitter content! When people get interested in what you are Tweeting, they may follow YOU to see what you have to say!
Here are some tips to get started:
- Build a Voice: Retweet, Reply, React — Use existing Tweets on Twitter to find your own voice and show others what you care about. Retweet messages that you love,
or @reply with your reaction to a Tweet you find interesting.
- Mention: Include Others in Your Content — When you’re ready to make your own Tweets, consider mentioning others by using their Twitter username (preceded by the @ sign) in your Tweets. This will draw more eyes to your message and might even start a conversation!
- Tweet Regularly — The best way to gain followers is to engage and contribute by Tweeting regularly in a meaningful way.
Definition: The symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
- Tweeters use the symbol before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet.
- Clicking on a word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
- Hashtags can be used anywhere in the Tweet – beginning, middle, or end.
- Words that have a become very popular and are often Trending Topics.