As one of the biggest social media platforms currently with an estimated 335 million users, Twitter is continuing to grow with a little between 5-10 million users yearly (according to Statista.com). Many new ‘Tweeters’ join the network and find themselves very confused on what to do and where to go, some of these new users being millennials. As an active user since November 2011, I decided that there needs to be a beginners guide to Twitter for those who feel overwhelmed with Twitter jargon and simply don’t know where to start, so if you are someone I am describing, look no further.
In order to understand how to navigate through Twitter, it is most important to understand Twitter jargon.
Tweet- 240 character post you can make (can include links, pictures, videos, and gifs)
#Hashtags- Pound sign; a way to group similar topics together and make it easier for users to follow them.
Follow- “Subscribing” to other users’ tweets
@ or ‘At-mention’- When you want to directly tweet another user, you have to place the @ symbol before their name (@Twitter)
Retweet- A way of sharing a user’s tweet with your followers
Followers- People who have subscribed to your tweets
‘Quote Tweet’ or ‘Retweet with Comment’- Allows you to share another tweet while adding your own conjunction to it
DM- Short for direct messaging; private messages to other users
Like- Hitting the heart button under each tweet. You have a ‘Likes’ tab on your profile where you can see all the tweets you’ve liked before
Feed- This is where you see a stream of tweets from the accounts you follow. It’s mostly chronological with a bit of Twitter adding in things that you might find interesting that have been tweeted at an earlier time
Avatar or ‘Avi’- Profile picture; ideal size is 1000px by 1000px
Header- The photo that shows up at the top of your profile; ideal size is 1500px by 500px
Bio- Something about you that is located in your Twitter profile
Helpful tips when using Twitter:
- KISS- keep it simple stupid; with only 240 characters, you are limited with how much you can say in one tweet. However, Twitter allows you to make threads of tweets by responding to your previous tweet with the continued statement you were making.
- Don’t be an egghead- make sure to have an avi, or else users will think you are a spam account.
- NO SPAM ALLOWED- don’t be the person that get’s muted or unfollowed for tweeting every 3 minutes. Twitter can get exciting and you may want to tweet all of your thoughts out to the world, but no one wants to see that.
- Don’t plaigerize- copy and pasting someone else’s tweets is a big NO. That’s what retweets are for.