Twitter For Dummies

I thought I would provide a little insight on how to use Twitter. Twitter is becoming extremely popular and is growing rapidly but there are still plenty of people who don’t know how to use it. Even though I consider myself fairly technologically savy, when I first got a Twitter I had no idea how to use it. There’s a hashtag (#) and (@) sign, what could they possibly mean? I did not understand why someone would say a phrase with a hashtag preceding it. There was no direction manual for me to look at. After a while of using Twitter I was able to finally figure it out.

Below are some basic facts about twitter:

Twitter was created in 2006
As of today there are over 500 million users with a registered Twitter account
A “Tweet” is composed of 140 characters or less

A hashtag (#) helps determine “Trending Topics” on Twitter. On the left side of Twitter you will notice 10 red links, these links are the worldwide “trends”, which are essentially topics that are the most popular on Twitter. Oftentimes these topics involve news and celebrities. If you want, you can change the settings so that the “trend” applies to countries instead of worldwide. The “@” symbol is used to direct your tweet at someone or to search for someone or a group on Twitter.
Twitter is a great source of news and entertainment. Hopefully this has given you a little more insight on how to use Twitter. In no time you will become a Twitter pro.