What is Twitter?
Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It’s an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about.
How is it useful?
Twitter contains information you will find valuable. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your home page for you to read. It’s like being delivered a newspaper whose headlines you’ll always find interesting – you can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time.
Follow the step below to get started!
1. Join Twitter
Twitter is easy, free, and fun. To join Twitter, visit twitter.com/signup and fill out the basic information. Full name, Email (or phone number), and a handle. (tip: hover over dotted words to learn more)
The next step will ask you for a password. Create a strong 6+ character password that is hard to guess.
You will be asked to verify your phone number. Friends can use your phone number to find you on Twitter. You can skip this step if you don’t want your phone number on your account.
You then will be presented with popular account to follow. If you rather get to Twitter as soon as possible, these steps can be skipped.
The last step is adding a photo. It’s recommended to use a real picture to your profile so your colleagues and friends can find you on Twitter.
During registration (and after) Twitter will suggest interesting users on Twitter for you to follow. You can pick from those or search for your friends names at any time. As you follow more people, Twitter will refine its suggestions and display more relevant users.
You can read anyone’s public feed without following them. But in order to read their Tweets on your feed, you have to follow them.
The best way to learn Twitter is to start tweeting. It’s best to start with reading your feed and replying to interesting tweets. You will see Trends on the left side of your feed, this is a great place to start exploring Twitter.
You can reply to tweet by clicking on them and typing your response.
Other things you can do in this window are numbered above.
1. The retweet ( ) icon will appear under each tweet and allows you to “share” a tweet with or without adding any comments.
2. The favorite ( ) icon will allow you to “save” a tweet.
3. The follow () icon is a quick way to follow users.
Retweeting and Replying is a great way to interact with other users on Twitter and gain new followers.
A hashtag is any word or phrase immediately preceded by the # symbol. When you click on a hashtag, you’ll see other Tweets containing the same keyword or topic.
Hashtags are only ONE WORD. If you add a space in your hashtag only the first part will become a hashtag.
The info above and some additional information can be found in this PDF: Twitter 101