Twitter: Helpful tips for getting started on the social network

Regardless of when and where something exciting happens: you will usually find out first on Twitter.
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Twitter is one of the most popular social media apps in the fast exchange of messages worldwide and it is impossible to imagine our media world without it.

Twitter is fast – very fast. The service is built on two basic principles. First: The spice is in the brevity, more than 140 characters do not fit in a tweet, which forces the (serious) user to think and formulate carefully. And second: everyone is building their own network. This works by “following” other users – and by following (following) other users can often be found who have something interesting to contribute.

They don’t necessarily have to be famous actors or footballers (who usually have management tweeted anyway) – you can find like-minded people by searching, using lists or a topic that interests you.

Twitter tips: getting started

You can get started with a click on “Register” in the Twitter app: Twitter would like to know what your name is and what your telephone number or optionally your e-mail address is. Then a password is set and the user name after the @ symbol is chosen – that can be your name, but pseudonymous user names are also welcome on Twitter and are often used in German-speaking countries.

Attention: Your display name can usually be seen next to your user name, you should bear this in mind when making your entries. Both can, however, be changed at any time. Twitter then asks about your interests – the more detailed information you provide here, the better the suggestions for users at the end of the registration process, which you can follow if you wish.

Twitter Tips: The Features

Your “timeline” – the posts you get to see – is of course not set in stone. You can “unfollow” users at any time. If you write a “tweet” yourself, this can contain text and URLs (Internet addresses), but you can also add photos or videos, which are then uploaded by Twitter and converted into URLs.

Twitter Screenshots
Alternative: There are third-party apps like Twitterrific for iOS that don’t allow promotional tweets.
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If you like other posts, you can give them a heart – “faven” is what Twitter users call this. And with so-called “retweets” you can make your followers aware of posts that you find worth reading or worth discussing. Incidentally, these will soon be incorporated into photos or videos in order to make the discussions on the Internet even more visual.

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By the way: Retweets will also wash posts from users into your timeline that you don’t even follow. The hashtags with the # symbol are also important on Twitter, with which you can follow current topics and trends. There are also @ replies (replies) and direct messages for direct communication between users. The difference? The former are publicly visible, the latter are private.

Twitter Tips: Security and Privacy

On Twitter, you determine what you reveal about yourself. Cautious natures can “protect” their tweets, that is, make the user account completely non-public – so only those users can see your tweets whose requests you have personally confirmed in advance.

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