Your First Tweet
Now that you have set up your account, click on the “home” button at the top of your Twitter account page. You should see an empty box there with these words above it: “What’s happening?” Take a deep breath and fill that little box up with some words. You could say, “I just opened my Twitter account!” Then click the button that says “Tweet.” With that, you have just sent your first tweet. For the most part, that’s all there is to Twitter. You can send out tweets as often as you like. The next step is the equivalent of adding friends on Facebook. On Twitter, it doesn’t have to be mutual. In other words, you can “follow” someone without him “following” you, and vice versa. If people boast about how many friends they have on Facebook, the equivalent on Twitter is boasting about how many people are following you. In order to understand this, we need to try it out.
Begin by clicking on the next button at the top of your Twitter page, the one that says “Profile.” When you click on this you will see the page with your information on it. Now look at your picture if you have one, the way your name appears to the right of it, and most importantly, the blurb under your name that says a little bit about you. That little blurb is important, because that’s what everyone will read first to see what kind of a person you are. You can see how other people write theirs to get help, but if you want to keep it simple, you can just say something like, “I am an artist. I like to play video games, and I like to look at art.” You could certainly write something more interesting that says more about you, but this is a good start. The way you do that is to look just below your picture on the profile page and you will see the words “edit your profile.” Click on those words and you’ll see where to enter your first and last name and where you can enter your website information and a few other things. There are also more account settings on this page, but for now you can just update your information and click “save changes.”
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