Twitter – Getting Started

Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It’s an easy way to discover the latest news about what is happening in Medau, EMDP (and the world generally). Users follow other users who they are interested in. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your home page for you to read.

To create a Twitter account:

  • Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup.
  • Enter your full name, phone number OR email address and a password.
  • Click Sign up for Twitter.
  • In order to verify your phone number, you will receive an SMS text message with a code. Enter the verification code in the box provided.
  • Once you’ve clicked Sign up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one that is suggested by Twitter. If the username you choose is already in use, you will be offered alternatives.
  • Double-check your name, phone number or email address, password, and username. Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha for security.
  • Usernames must be fewer than 15 characters in length and cannot contain “admin” or “Twitter”.
  • An email address can only be associated with one Twitter account at a time. The email address you use on your Twitter account is not publicly visible to others on Twitter. The email you enter is used to confirm your new Twitter account so be sure to enter an email address that you actively use and have access to. Check your inbox for a confirmation email to make sure you signed up for your account correctly.

Start using Twitter:

When you have created an account, you will see a screen with two symbols at the top right:

1) Search (a magnifying glass): this is where you can search for Twitter accounts you may wish to follow: note that Twitter accounts always start with @, eg @MedauMovement. Click on the Search symbol and type @MedauMovement in the box at the top of the screen and you should then see the Medau account: click on this and it will take you to the Medau account page. Then click the box on the right of the screen which shows the outline of a person and a +sign. You are then following @MedauMovement.

Following someone on Twitter means:

  • You are subscribing to their Tweets as a follower.
  • Their updates will appear in your Home
  • That person is able to send you Direct Messages.

Follow a handful of accounts to enable you to get used to how it all works. Other accounts you may wish to follow initially are:

  • @EMDAcademy
  • @EMDForLife
  • @REPsUK

One great way to find more interesting accounts is see whom those you know or admire are following. For example, if you select the @MedauMovement account, you will be able to see which accounts they follow. Additionally you can use Who to Follow for suggestions. On web, you can find this on the right side of your home page. On mobile you can find this on your profile page (accessed through the Me tab), in your Tweet timeline.

You can also choose to import contacts from your address book. On web, you can find this directly under Who to Follow on your home page.

2) Tweet (a quill pen):

When you click this symbol (you can access this from most screens, but if you don’t see it, click on the Home symbol first) you can write a Tweet! This is your message to your followers. When you click it you will see “What’s happening?” in faint text: this is where you type. The limit is 140 characters which forces you to be concise. People who are interested in what you have to say may follow you and they’ll see all the Tweets you share with them:

Include others in your content

Once you’re ready to begin writing your own messages, consider mentioning other users by their Twitter username (preceded by the @ sign) in your Tweets. This can help you think of what to write, will attract attention to your message, and can even start a new conversation. Try posting a message mentioning a @MedauMovement event you have been to or are looking forward to. You’ll see their response on your Mentions tab.

Retweet, reply, react

Use existing information (other people’s Tweets) on Twitter to find your own voice and show others what you care aboutRetweet messages you’ve found and love, or @reply with your reaction to a Tweet you find interesting. If you’re a new user, others are more likely to find your messages if they are Retweets or @replies.

At the bottom of the Twitter screen you will see more symbols. Try clicking each one:

Home: this will show all the tweets from accounts you follow

Notifications: this shows if anyone has sent you a follow request

Messages: this shows any direct messages (ie that others cannot view)

Me: this shows your profile including how many accounts you follow and who follow you. You can update your profile too, including adding a photo etc.

If you would like more help on this subject try going to www.twitter.com/support or feel free to contact the Medau Training Co-ordinator, Lynne Boardman, by email at coordinator.medau@gmail.com

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