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How to embrace Twitter – Beginner edition

. Friday, July 10, 2009

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“Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets.” - Wikipedia

Why use twitter?

  1. It’s REAL TIME.
  2. Its 140 characters limitation forces the message to be short and precise.
  3. The messages can be either private or public
  4. Link your tweets to Facebook.
  5. You can tweet using SMS, 3rd party software like Tweetdeck, and online.

How do you join the Twitter world?

  1. Go to and fill up the information there. Try to use names that people can relate to easily. Preferably your name. After that, proceed to login.
  2. Before moving forward, fill up the profiles at Only SPAMMERS are anonymous. Remember to include profile image.
  3. Tweeting alone on Twitter is boring. Go here and see if your friends and family members are already on Twitter.
  4. Once you’ve found them, follow them.
  5. You may also want to consider following news site such as:

Now what? Well, it’s time to learn how to Tweet.

  • Select a theme for your tweet. Do you want to tweet everything under the sun? Tweet professionally? Tweet politically? Tweet comically?
  • Learn the etiquettes of Tweeting online. Be nice. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t tweet.
  • If you want to reply to your friends, include @ in front of their name. For example, if you want to reply to me, you’ll type:

@darklegends That was a nice comment. Thanks


I travelled to Hawaii with @darklegends last week. It was a fun trip.

  • Anytime you include @ in front of my username, it will shows up on my side that you’re referring to me. Note that this messages are viewable in public. Everyone can see this message.
  • If you want to tweet a personal message to me, just type:

d darklegends Remember our date at 8pm tonight

  • There is a function to remove your message, but it’s not encouraged. We understand you’re only human. If you have nothing nice to say, just don’t say it.

That’s it. Tweeting is simple and fun. Give it a try.

Oh, you may follow me at