Don’t Be Afraid! A Twitter How To

By Mar 8, 2011October 21st, 201448 Comments

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How to Set up a Twitter Account

Step 1: Go to Twitter.com and sign up for an account.

Step 2: You will be prompted to fill out your full name.  If you do not want to provide this information, don’t.  You can insert whatever name you like, as long as it fits in the text box. This is the name that will appear on your profile page when people view your account.

Step 3: Fill in your desired username and password…and don’t forget them.  You’ll use this information to log into your Twitter account going forward.  Also, be thoughtful when you chose your Twitter ID.  Ensure that it fits with your blog and is not too long.  Remember, you only have 140 characters to work with when tweeting!  For more advice, check out this article on how to choose a Twitter name.

Step 4: Create the account.

If you are just getting started on Twitter, you might find this social media platform a little overwhelming. Once you get the hang of Twitter you will LOVE it!  Just read over our beginners guide.

How to Follow Your @friend

Twitter allows you to follow others, so that you can keep up to date on what they’re saying and join a conversation at any time.  Following friends is very quick and easy to do.

Step 1: Visit the Twitter page you’re interested in.  You’ll navigate to a webpage that looks something like this: http://twitter.com/YOURFRIEND.

Step 2: Click the “follow” button. Once you do, you’ll start seeing your friend’s tweets on your Twitter homepage.

How to Participate in a Twitter Party

First off, you might be wondering what the heck a Twitter Party is. Easy! According to the Twitter Party Guide, a Twitter Party is…

…a fast and fun virtual party, hosted on the Twitter platform. Twitter parties are usually held in the evening, last about an hour, and are a wonderful way for people to connect and discuss a topic of choice.

There are a few different ways you can participate in a Twitter party. We suggest using either TweetChat or TweetGrid to follow along.

We’re big fans of TweetChat and recommend it, especially to those new to Twitter. TweetChat gives you the basic controls you need to participate in a Twitter party. You also don’t have to remember to type the hashtag while tweeting. In other words, if you participate in our Book Club conversation, you can tweet away without having to continually type #SITSBooks at the end of each tweet. Bonus!

You can utilize TweetChat in three easy steps. Simply sign in using your Twitter username and password, enter the hashtag you want to watch and respond to (for example, SITSBooks), and stand back as the conversation pops up on your screen.

A quick tip: If you’re having trouble following along, click the pause button. You also have the ability to change the speed of the updates.

There you have it! We hope you’ll consider joining us on Twitter!

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About Francesca

Francesca has an extensive background in content marketing, public relations, and social outreach. She oversees all Operations at Sway Group, including our robust metrics capabilities. Prior to joining the online world, Francesca oversaw viticulture and oenology at various wineries in both California and Italy, and managed regulatory affairs and facility approvals at the biotech company, Genentech. Francesca has been featured on CBS Sacramento and Food Blogger Pro’s podcast. She has also hosted an AMA webinar and spoken at Social Media World.