Getting started with Twitter

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If you are wondering how the hell do I get started or why you're here this page is for you.

Twitter is where news is broken, links are shared, memes are born and thoughts are expressed. Unlike Facebook, Twitter is public so if you do tweet with friends, it's all out in the open by default. It means your jokes can go viral (if they're funny) and in addition to your friends, you can interact with your favourite journalists, athletes, artists, or comedians, all in the same space.

Let's get started….


  • A smartphone
  • A photo of yourself for Twitter etiquette – Take a selfie if you don't have one, you can always update your Twitter profile later, however, I would highly recommend not to send a tweet until you have uploaded one.
  • Pick a username you like. That will be your handle, and people can bling you by typing @ in front of your username in a tweet.

Sign up and create your account:

  1. Goto
  2. Enter your mobile number for Twitter to send you an SMS with a link to download their app
  3. Click on the link that comes through via SMS to download and install the Twitter app
  4. Open the app and click on "Sign up"
  5. Follow all the step by step prompts - It's really straight forward
  6. When you've finally signed in you will need to "Set up your profile"
  7. Follow all step by step prompts - Once again just follow each step systematically
  8. Once setup Introduce you by sending your first tweet​

Introduce yourself by sending your first tweet 

Now is the perfect time to send your first tweet. It does not have to be anything earth-shattering, and you won't have any followers (yet) to see it, but it will let people know you are a real person or business and not a robot or spammer. Tweets can contain links, photos, GIFs, or videos. But if you're tweeting text, you're limited to 140 characters. You might find the limit stifling, but once you get used to it you'll learn to love it.

Edit your Twitter Profile

You can Edit your profile anytime to update your profile picture, header, bio, location, website or birthday.

Twitter Terminology

  • Tweet – A 140-character message.
  • Retweet (RT) – Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else's tweet.
  • Feed – The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. It's comprised of updates from users you follow.
  • Handle – Your username.
  • Mention (@) – A way to reference another user by his username in a tweet (e.g. @mashable). Users are notified when @mentioned. It's a way to conduct discussions with other users in a public realm.
  • Direct Message (DM) – A private, 140-character message between two people. You can decide whether to accept a Direct Message from any Twitter user, or only from users you are following. You may only DM a user who follows you.
  • Hashtag (#) – A way to denote a topic of conversation or participate in a larger linked discussion (e.g. #AmericanIdol, #Obama). A hashtag is a discovery tool that allows others to find your tweets, based on topics. You can also click on a hashtag to see all the tweets that mention it in real time — even from people, you don't follow.

Now get going and the rest is up to you on what sort of twit you will become :¬)
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