Basic Twitter Guide for the Soc-Med Challenged

image of blue bird used as common logo for Twitter Source: PMC Variety Ever since its birth on the Internet in 2006, Twitter has been a popular form of social media. Chosen for its enforced brevity (which many argue helps develop generations of better writers) and its live-chat immediacy that resembles a globally virtual hangout, Twitter is a well-loved social media vessel that shows no sign of pulling into port. However, a surprising amount of people do not fully understand Twitter or know how to use it. If you are one of the many who still cannot operate in the Twitterverse, use this Twitter guide from Royal Vegas Casino to show you the ropes. Trust us – if Royal Vegas Casino can manage a twitter count, so can you.

A Glossary of Terms

 Let’s start out with the easy stuff. Just as a primer, here is a glossary of the most common Twitter terms and phrases. @ – The “@” sign precedes your public username (or “handle” as is the preferred Twitter parlance). # – It’s a hashtag! Use this identifier before topical key words that describe your tweet, such as #beyonce or #YOLO. Hashtags are clickable, allowing you or your followers to see all tweets that correspond with that subject. Tweets – Limited to just 280 characters (it used to be a mere 140), a tweet is the public message you send via Twitter. Block – Blocking is what you do to the weird guy with the shifty profile picture who won’t leave you alone or the toxic girl from high school that keeps bringing up how you ruined junior prom. Direct Messages – A direct message (DM) allows you to privately message individuals or groups who have turned that feature on. Followers – Like proper disciples of any social media entity, followers are those who read, react to, and comment on your tweets. Reply – By hitting the “@” sign, followed by the original poster’s handle, you can reply to a tweet. Liking – Little heart icons by each tweet are clickable, allowing you to like something even if you do not feel like responding. Mentions – Think of mentions as the tagging feature in Facebook, similar to a direct message but in a public way. By typing @username in a tweet, you immediately call on that person’s attention. To see a list of tweets where you are mentioned by other users, click the bell icon on your Twitter desktop site or mobile app. Hacked – Just like in other social media and Internet domains, Twitter can be hacked. If your friends tell you that you have started posting an onslaught of gibberish or you are sending friends DMs mentioning “I just made $3,000 filling out surveys online. Ask me how!”, you may have been hacked. Verified Account – A little blue checkmark indicates that the person posting is the verifiable public interest behind the account. This is reserved for any public presence you follow, from the “real Donald Trump” to Ira Glass. Moments – Instagram and Facebook have stories – ephemeral slideshow photos and videos that pop up for a limited amount of time to illustrate a day-in-the-life narrative. Twitter has Moments. You can also find Moments categorized by news, sports, and entertainment to get a sort of digested highlights every day. Retweet – Maybe your Uncle Ralph posted a hilarious one-liner or Justin Bieber said something so earth-shaking you find it completely quotable. Retweet it to show the original tweet and poster some love. Trends – Twitter is always updating the most-used hashtags and topics in the form of trends. This list shows you the hottest discussions and hashtags used every day, keeping you at the apex of the Twitterverse. Code of Conduct – Although tucked into (likely) a dusty corner of Twitter’s attic, the Code of Conduct exists in Twitter’s developer pages to make sure everyone plays nice. According to the Code, all Twitter users need to be safe and positive to maintain a courteous environment.  Judging by some of the acerbic threads (connected series of tweets and replies) that Twitter is known for, not everyone follows these guidelines, but it is heartening to know that Twitter tries to create this type of space for its users. hand holding smart phone with Twitter loading on the screen Source: Amazonaws

Setting Twitter Up

Now that you are an expert in Twitter lingo, you can set up your account. Go to either Twitter.com or the app on your mobile device and fill out the information required.  You will need a display name (you can use your real name or an anonymous moniker), phone number for authentication, and a password. After you set up this information, pick interests that will help Twitter give you suggestions of people you can follow. Next, click on the grey silhouette next to the “Tweet” button on the right side. Click “Settings and Privacy” to create your username that people will use to reply to you, mention you, or retweet your incredible prose. You can also choose an avatar to customize your profile and write a short bio to reflect your unique personality. Finally, take to the waiting blank box and introduce yourself to the world with your first tweet!


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