Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It’s an easy way to discover the latest news as it’s happening related to subjects you care about.
“Follow” other people (businesses you love, public service accounts, people you know, celebrities, or news sources you read.
Contribute your own content by “tweeting”. This would be a regular post. When you type in a message to Twitter and hit “update” it will be viewable by all the people who are following you.
“Retweet” messages you’ve found and love. These will also be viewable by all people who are following. The person you retweeted will be notified of your post.
“@reply” with your reaction to a tweet. Mention other users in your tweet by including their Twitter username preceded by the @ symbol. The people you mention will be notified of your post.
“Hash Tags” makes your tweets searchable on twitter by placing a “#” in front of a word within your post. Some hashtags trend and are viewed by many people. E.g. #YEG #YYC #Weather #News #Andoid #iPhone
Want people to follow you?
It is difficult to get noticed when you have a new account. You don’t even need to think of your own content in the beginning. Others are more likely to find your tweets if they are retweets, @replies, or include #hashtags. Also many people will follow you back after you follow them.
Sign up for an account
Go to http://twitter.com/signup with your web browser.
On Twitter, your username, or handle/alias, is your identity. If your name is Joe Smith, you may pick a username such as joesmith or joe_smith. You may rather go with something like AlbertaMan1960 or PhotoNut2. When referring to your username within twitter, it would be prefixed by the @ sign.
Customize your Twitter page (link to a website, provide a bio and location, upload a photo, connect your Twitter account to your Facebook account) by selecting Edit Profile from the top toolbar once logged in to Twitter.
Twitter Help Center
Twitter 101: How should I get started using Twitter?
The Twitter Glossary
How to use Twitter
Twitter For iPhone / Android / iPad / BlackBerry
Rather than logging into Twitter, you can have this manage your Tweets and Facebook posts at the same time. This is a Twitter-based tool, so do not make posts that are longer than 140 characters. Remember to press/highlight the Twitter and Facebook tabs on the top area of the TweetDeck to activate and post to those two sites. You can also post only to Twitter and within Twitter Edit Profile, have it connect to Facebook.
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