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How to Use Twitter

Tips to Help You Discover How to Use Twitter

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There's more you can do on Twitter once you discover how to use Twitter, besides just post simple thoughts. Some of these how to use Twitter concepts you may already know, others you may not. Let's start with some simple how to use Twitter concepts and go from there.

Why? How to Use Twitter?

For those of you who don't know how to use twitter, Twitter is a 140 character mini blog. This means that you can blog on Twitter, but you can only blog using 140 characters at a time. How long is 140 characters, not very long. Let me give you an example. You're going to want all your posts to be this short or shorter:

This paragraph is an example how to Twitter using 140 characters, when it runs out of characters you've run out of space. Since you can only

Ran out of space. Get the idea!? So what's the big deal about a blog that only lets you post 140 characters at a time? The idea behind Twitter is that you post a thought instead of a whole idea. Do you understand yet? Just tell me what you're doing right now... or now, that's it.

Reply
You read a post from one of your Twitter friends. You liked it so much that you wanted to let them know, you have a question, or you want to comment to them for some other reason. One of the most basic things about knowing how to use Twitter is commenting on posts, so here you go.

  1. Move your mouse over the post. You'll see an arrow, click on it.
  2. Type your comment after your friend's name.
  3. Click "reply".

Favorites
One of the posts you read really made you think, was really funny, or made you never want to forget it for some reason. This important how to use Twitter concept will help you save this post forever in your favorites folder.

  1. Move your mouse over the post. You'll see a star, click on it.
  2. That's it, the post is now in your favorites.
  3. To see all your favorite Twitter posts click on "Favorites" in the right hand column of your Twitter page.

@Replys
An @reply is a public message that you send to someone elses Twitter profile page. Up above I showed you this as part of the reply feature. When learning how to use Twitter, that is normally how this would be used, but it doesn't have to be. If you just simply want to send your friend a message, use the @reply.

  1. Type the symbol @ followed immediately by your friend's Twitter name in the message field: @linroeder
  2. Leave a space, then type your message and click "Update".
  3. Remember, this is a public feature, that means everyone can read your message.
  4. To see @messages to you click on the link in the right column that has @ with your username after it.

Private Message
Now I'm going to show you how to use Twitter by sending a private message to your friends on Twitter. One of the special things about how to use Twitter is the ability to send private messages to other Twitter users.

  1. Enter the capital letter D in the message area.
  2. Leave a space and enter your friend's Twitter name.
  3. Leave another space and enter your private message, click "Update".
  4. To see all direct messages to you click on "Direct Messages" link in the right column.

Who Is
Retrieve anyone's profile information without leaving your Twitter homepage.

  1. Type WHOIS into the Twitter message box.
  2. Leave a space.
  3. Then type the person's Twitter name and hit "Update"
  4. Information pops down from the top of the screen.

Last Update
See the latest update posted by one of your Twitter friends without leaving your Twitter homepage.

  1. Type GET into the Twitter message box.
  2. Leave a space.
  3. Type your friend's Twitter name and click "Update".
  4. Your friend's last update will pop down from the top of the screen.

Favorite (in text)
Another way to mark a post as a favorite. This only marks the last post a friend posted as a favorite.

  1. Type FAV in the Twitter message box.
  2. Leave a space.
  3. Type in the friend's Twitter name.

Stats
This will tell you how many followers you have. This may seem useless on a computer but may be useful if your browsing on a cell phone or other small device.

  1. Type STATS into the Twitter message box.
  2. Click "Update".

Start Following
Start following someone's Tweets.

  1. Type FOLLOW into the Twitter message box.
  2. Leave a space.
  3. Type in the person's Twitter name, click "Update".

Stop Following
Stop following someone's Tweets.

  1. Type Leave into the Twitter message box.
  2. Leave a space.
  3. Type in the person's Twitter name, click "Update".

Nudge
Haven't heard from one of your Twitter friends in a while? Nudge them to let them know you're thinking about them. One thing to know about how to use Twitter is that you can nudge them to keep them posting, that way they don't fall off the Twitter band wagon.

  1. Type NUDGE into the Twitter message box.
  2. Leave a space.
  3. Type their Twitter username, click "Update".

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