Twitter Basics 1

twitter, how-to 

One of my clients is really interested in using twitter but she is uncomfortable with computers and social media. So each week we work together and try something new on twitter. I am posting the notes for my client and for anyone who is like my client. If you still don’t have a twitter account, go sign up and they will take you through it.

Q. What am I looking at when I first log in?

You will see the tweets (messages people post on twitter) from people you are following, most recent one is on top. If you intent to follow many people, consider putting people in different “Lists.” (how-to is listed below)

Q. How do I find people to follow?

There are many ways to go but I will list a few simple ones.

  1. twitter iconThink of people you are interested in, find their web sites, and look for a “Follow me on Twitter” or a Twitter icon, like the one on the right. (If you like, you can click on it, and it will take you to my twitter page.)
  2. Or you can search by adding “twitter” to the end of your search. For example, if you are looking for my client Marielle Higler, your search phrase would be “Marielle Higler twitter”.
  3. The most basic method is to use the “Find People” link on the top right corner on your twitter page to do the search.

For method 2 and 3, you might get many people listed. To find the one you really want to follow, look at their profile photo or check out the bio on their twitter page.

Q. How do I follow people and put the in a list?

Once you found the person you want to follow and arrived at their twitter page, click on “Follow”, that’s it!

If you want to put this person on your list

  1. Click on “Lists”
  2. Select “New list” to create a new list
  3. Fill in the blanks (Description helps other people know what kind of people are on this list)
  4. Click on “Create list” when you are done

From now on you can either select the existing list or create a new one.

Q. How do I get people to follow me?

I think the best thing to do is to have a profile bio that tells people who your are as a whole person, then people who have the same interest will find you, provided that you have interesting and useful posts for your current and potential followers.

My bio at this moment is: A curious designer with her eyes on graphic, web, product, green design, MK strategies. Loves chocolate, baking, food, paper, craft, saving money, singing.

Know that bio that can be change as you change. To change your bio:

  1. Click on “Setting” on the top right corner of the twitter page
  2. Click on “Profile”
  3. Edit/fill in the “Bio” box

Want to go on? Try Twitter Bascis 2.