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Newbie Twitter guide

If you’re new to the micro-blogging/social networking platform Twitter, then here’s a quick guide to get you started:

Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about


Visit and fill out the little form to join. Add a bio, and upload a small pic of yourself (important to complete so people can see who they are following).

TIP: tick the ‘let others find me by my email’ (explained later), and also ensure your tweets aren’t private at this stage.


Your first tweet should simply state you’re new to Twitter and there to learn. Tweet other stuff if you wish, as the option to delete tweets is always available.


Twitter comes alive through the connections and conversations of the people you follow. A quick way to find people is to upload your email contacts and see if they are on Twitter.

Click Discover at the top of your Twitter page. You can find and follow other accounts in these three ways:

  1. browse accounts by category
  2. browse accounts that we think might be of interest to you
  3. search one-by-one for people or groups of interest, click the ‘follow’ button to add and then have a look at their followers—there might be someone there you also find interesting or know as well.

TIP: add your new twitter username / handle to the signature of your outgoing emails - you’ll be surprised to find how many of your colleagues are on there.


Once you have a growing list of people you’re following it’s sometimes good to introduce yourself. You’ll also start to see your stream fill up with tweets. Hit reply and start a conversation. For ULearn 2014 we use the #ulearn15 hashtag, follow those at the conference to build your network.

Use existing information (other people's Tweets) on Twitter to find your own voice and show others what you care about. Retweet messages you've found and love.

TIP: Watch out for competitions/lost and found/twitter events on the #Ulearn15 hashtag

       What is a hash-tag and who made that up?


Now you have an account you can explore making lists and also using Twitter on your iPhone or Android. The apps are free and it gives you the option of taking pictures on the go and tweeting them straight out.

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