How To Set Up And Use Twitter – Twitter for Seniors
If you’re ready to set up your Twitter account then it is fairly simple so long as you have an email account or phone number. To start, just visit www.Twitter.com.
Signing Up For Twitter
Visit the home page of Twitter and scroll down, on the left you will see a “New to Twitter” box that asks for your full name, email, and the username you want. The easiest way to set your username is to use some variation of your first and last or middle name, with numbers, and Twitter will tell you if it’s taken or not. You can also use things that are not related to your name, but rather things you enjoy like @TennisJunky45, but this is a personal choice. Click “Sign Up for Twitter”, wait a few minutes, (Really, go get yourself tea or something), and then click the link to verify it. You will have to confirm your identity, and you can add your phone number if you like.
Download the App
If you have a smartphone and want to use Twitter on your phone, you should search for it in your phones app store. Simply open the app store, type ‘Twitter’, hit search, and download the result on the top. You can sign in with your existing Twitter account.
How to Post
Posting on Twitter is easy, the only thing you have to keep in mind is that posts, also known as Tweets, are public. You can use the large Tweet button, or the small square with the feather over it on the app. Use 140 characters or less, usually around 30 words, or about two normal sentences. If you have more to say, you can just keep posting. Unlike on Facebook, where you should post sparingly, maybe people on Twitter post dozens of items per hour, so don’t worry about talking too much. You can add to your Tweet using messages and hashtags. Once you send a tweet, you will see an array of functions under the tweet. These include Reply which looks like a right facing arrow, Retweet, which looks like two arrows, favorite, which is like the Facebook like button, and More, which looks like …
Retweeting – Retweeting is an easy function that allows you to put someone else’s Tweet on your profile, usually because you like the message, you agree with it, or because it has something to do with you. Simply press the square arrows button on the Tweet you want on your profile, and then click ‘retweet’. You can usually add your own message, but keep in mind that the original poster will see it.
Share – If you like someone’s tweet but don’t necessarily want it on your profile, you can easily share it with whoever you like. Press the ‘more’ button, and then choose how you want to share it. You can copy the link to post it to Facebook or an Instant Message, embed it to post it onto a blog, or share it via direct message right on Twitter.
How to Message or Tag Someone
If you use someone’s username with the @ symbol, it automatically notifies them that you mentioned them in the conversation. For example @HTSociety notifies us that we have been mentioned, so we can read the comment or text. This is useful for responding to a Tweet, starting a conversation, sending a business a message, or taking part in a public conversation. You can tag as many people as you want, but Twitter handles are part of your 140 characters.
How to Direct Message People
If you want to start a private conversation, you can direct message them. Visit their Twitter profile by either typing their Twitter handle into the search, or typing twitter.com/username into your browser. Tap the gear on their profile, and then choose ‘send a direct message’. You can type anything you want here, but there are some character limits.
How to Block/Mute/Report People on Twitter
While you’re on a profile, you can learn to block people. Tap the gear button on their profile, and scroll down. You will see options like Block, Mute, and Report. Block bans them from your profile so that they cannot see you, and you cannot see them. Mute takes their tweets off of your dashboard, so you won’t see them when you log in. Report allows you to tell Twitter that they are doing something not allowed, such as posting pornography, threatening violence, or harassing someone. You can also do this from any individual tweet by pressing the … buttons on the Tweet itself.
How to Use Hashtags on Twitter
To use a hashtag, decide what you are posting about, and then think of some words that might be relevant. For example, if you’re posting a photo of a sunset, you could use hashtags like #photography, #sunset, #Amateurphotography. Most news platforms also use local hashtags, so you can easily click and see news and events happening in your area.
If you have the Twitter app, you will get notifications on your phone. You can turn these off if you want in settings, but the steps to do so vary depending on which model of phone you have. You can access notifications by tapping on the small bell logo on your menu. This will take you to where other users have Favorited, Retweeted, or mentioned you. You also get notifications when people follow you, so you can keep up with everyone.
How to make Twitter Private
Twitter is primarily a mini-blog, which means that it is not private. Everything you post is completely public. If this bothers you, you can go into your settings, scroll down to Tweet Privacy, and check ‘Protect my Tweets’. You will have to enter your password to save. When you check this button, only your Twitter followers can see your posts.
Twitter is an easy way to communicate with people or brands, but keep in mind that it is mostly a public platform. It is not the best platform for talking with family, and not the best option for sharing photos or media, but it can be a lot of fun, and well worth the time if you participate in groups, like to share short posts or quotes, or want to participate in local news, events, or trends happening on Twitter. At its most basic, you can use Twitter as a news source by following hashtags, which is valuable on its own.