An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of

An Idiots Guide To Twitter – What To Know and Be Aware Of


Are you new to social media sites and want to learn the fundamentals of one of the coolest platforms on Earth? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Twitter is a social networking service where around 330 million users engage with each other through short messages of up 280 characters. Right now there’s over 6,000 tweets being sent through cyberspace each second, varying from standard text messages to videos, gifs, memes, images, and even more. Twitter is among the most trendy social networking platforms and is quite different to other social media giants like Instagram and Facebook.

Twitter is a platform where members share a range of information; from politics, jokes, news, or just general thoughts about obscure topics! Instead of having a circle of friends like Facebook, Twitter is dependent on followers (not specifically friends) so not only can you connect with friends, but also your favourite sport stars, journalists, and politicians alike. Everything you submit on Twitter is accessible publicly for everybody to see, but don’t worry, you can simply alter your preferences to private if you wish to.


The first step in understanding Twitter is to be able to interpret the basic terms and slang used. The following lists the most popular vernacular:

Tweet – A 280-character message

Retweet (RT) – Sharing a tweet created by another user

Feed – The list of tweets you’ll find on your homepage from members that you choose to follow

Handle – Your username

Mention (@) – A way of referencing other people in a tweet (e.g. @EAGames). Any person mentioned in a tweet is notified, being a practical way to interact with other members publicly

Direct Message (DM) – A private message (280 characters) sent to another member. You can either choose to accept DM’s from all members or just members that you follow

Hashtag (#) – A keyword or phrase used to describe a topic or theme in a discussion (e.g. #Vegans). You can find tweets from all users that mention a certain hashtag by clicking the hashtag itself.

Creating an Account

Creating an account is simple and straightforward, just download the app or go to and hit the signup tab. The full name you insert will be your display name, but this can be altered as often as you like. Choose a username (or handle) so people can mention you by typing the @ symbol before your username. After you’ve entered your phone number for validation purposes, chosen an avatar, and developed a quick bio about yourself so others can see your hobbies and interests, you’re good to go!

Joining the Twittersphere

As detailed beforehand, Twitter isn’t about friending, it’s about following. Not only can you follow your buddies, but also any other identities of which you’re a fan. Once you’ve registered, Twitter will present a basic kind of setup wizard to help you start, such as recommending some people that you may want to follow. You can give Twitter permission to search your contacts list to find any of your friends that are using Twitter. Following friends and other users is really simple, and once you’ve started following certain users, Twitter will continue to provide suggestions for other users to follow depending upon the kinds of users you’re presently following. All the tweets of your followers will show up in your Feed, so the more you follow, the more Tweets will appear in chronological order in your Feed.

Tweet Something

You can Tweet anything you like, so long as it respects Twitters rules and guidelines ( This includes mentioning other users (@), promoting a topic or theme (#), or Retweeting other user’s comments (RT). Simply click the ‘Compose New Tweet’ button and you can Tweet text, photos, videos, images, gifs – a whole range of different media that can be uploaded via your device. Remember though, videos can only be up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length, however photos and images do not count towards your character limit, which is fantastic!

Once you’ve gotten the hang of the basics of Twitter, the world is virtually at your fingertips! You can keep up to date with the most recent trends, be the first to view viral posts, and socialise with your friends and favourite personalities in a simple and user-friendly interface.

Once you’ve got started using Twitter, the rest will fall into place naturally, so why join the Twittersphere today? If you need any assistance with getting started on Twitter, simply talk to Slingshot Internet Marketing on 1300 477 310, or visit our website for more information:


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