The starter guide to Twitter


Still don’t get the whole Twitter thing? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Just follow these easy steps:

Signing up:

Simply go to, fill out the basic information on the homepage and click “Sign Up”.

You don’t have to share any personal  information and need only a valid e-mail address to get started.

Choose a username:

It might be your name, a nickname,  your company name or something anonymous. Your username will then appear with an “@” symbol before it, such as: @YouMagazine.

Personalise your profile:

If you wish you can add a small picture of yourself or your company logo and write a 160-characterm summary of who you are. Ask yourself why people should follow you.

Finding people to follow:

You can look for individual users in the search box. When you find someone interesting take a look at who they are following and see who catches your eye.

Start tweeting:

You have 140 characters to say anything you like (within the law of course). As you type your word count will tick down to zero, showing how much space you have left. When you are finished hit “Return” and it will be published on your page for your followers to see. You can always delete a tweet later if you change your mind.

What you need:

Technically you need only a text message facility on your phone to be able to tweet. But to enjoy the full experience you should also have a computer and access to the internet.

Twitter recognises however that this presents a difficulty for those who wish to tweet at the dinner table, christenings or their divorce proceedings.

So along with the text message facility there are several smartphone apps competing to give users a fully mobile version.

Follow YOU on Twitter. 

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