Next up on our list of social media platforms is Twitter, which is actually much easier to use than Facebook. Twitter is a platform that simply sends out short messages of 140 characters or less, known as “tweets,” to a group of people who choose to “follow” you. To give you an idea of the maximum length for a tweet: “I am painting my studio and I keep stopping to read the articles on the newspapers I use to catch drips. How distracting, how educational!” That one was actually 138 characters, but you can’t go over the limit of 140 characters, or the sentence will be cropped. That’s pretty much all there is to know about Twitter. You send out messages that may be unimportant, important, or even breaking news. It may seem rather useless for most people, but like Facebook, Twitter gives you access to a huge network, and as with Facebook, it can become intimate in that you can make real contact with people by sending a private message. For the purposes of this chapter, we’ll cover the basics.
How to Sign Up for Twitter
To get started, go to Twitter’s website at www.Twitter.com. You will see the space for starting a new account; be brave and click the sign-up button.
The process is similar to Facebook at the beginning. You will be asked for basic information. Although I have written a whole chapter on passwords, this warning bears repeating: Do not use the same password as your Facebook or email account. Pick something new, please. After you have set up your Twitter account by responding to the verification account set-up email that will be sent to your email address, you’ll be ready to go. The first thing you can do is look at your Twitter page. You may notice some similarities to Facebook, but it’s actually much simpler than Facebook. As with Facebook, there are four buttons at the top of your page; you have “home,” “profile,” “messages,” and “who to follow.” Those are the only buttons you need. You’ll also see the space where you write.
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