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How to Tweet for the First Time

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Twitter has become a powerful tool for both individual and corporate networking. If you have never used Twitter before it can seem daunting to start. Good news however, starting an account and beginning to connect with others is only a few steps away, steps we will go through today, from starting an account to sending your first tweet, along with a few tips to better network sprinkled on.

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How to Setup a Twitter Account

  1. Step 1

     First go to Twitter.com or open the App on your phone and click “Sign Up.”

  2. Step 2

    Next create a name, this is your twitter handle (e.g. @twitter) and can be changed later, fill out your phone number (I recommend this instead of an email as using a phone number speeds up the process and is required even if you choose to use an email here), set your birthday, and click next.

  3. Step 3

    You can leave the track data option checked or uncheck it, whichever you are comfortable with, then click next.

  4. Step 4

    Verify your information is filled out correctly and click “Sign Up.”

  5. Step 5

    You will now be asked to enter in the verification code that Twitter sends you (To your phone number or email whichever you used in step two). Enter the code and click next.

  6. Step 6

    Your account is now set up and Twitter will walk you through the first steps of setting up your account.

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How Twitter Helps New Users

Twitter walks every new user through the initial setup of their account. You can complete any of the steps you wish right away, or if you prefer, you can personalize your account later and simply click the “skip for now” option at the top. I would recommend setting a picture at least.

  1. Step 1

    First is the option to set a profile picture. (Typically, a photo of yourself or business logo, something that stands out works best).

  2. Step 2

    Next you have 160 characters to describe yourself in a brief bio that will be seen by anyone who visits your profile.

  3. Step 3

    Then to get started you can select any number of topics you are interested in and then click next at the top right.

  4. Step 4

    Based on the previous selections Twitter will provide you with a list of Twitter accounts to potentially follow. Tweets, replies, likes, and retweets by users you follow here will appear on your home screen, so follow any that catch your eye. You are now done with your initial setup.

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How to Send Your First Tweet

Now that your account is all set up it is time to send your first tweet.

  1. Step 1

    On PC, at the top of your Twitter home screen there is a text box next to your profile picture that says, “What’s happening?”, click on that.

    On the Phone App, at the bottom right you will see a blue circle with a weather in the middle, click this to open the new tween window.

  2. Step 2

    Here you can type text and emojis. Tweets are restricted to a max of 280 characters.

  3. Step 3

    The symbols at the bottom allow you to add media to your tweet, you can add (from left to right) Pictures/Video, a Gif (short video image from a provided selection), a poll, emojis, and finally you can also schedule a time for your tweet to go out.

  4. Step 4

    After you are done writing your tweet and attaching any media simply click the “Tweet” button and you have officially sent your first tweet!

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What Should You Tweet First?

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    What to Tweet First as an Individual

    Sending your first tweet should be used to introduce yourself. Usually, a picture of yourself or something you are interested in you want to share with people is best. You will not have any followers yet, but your first tweet will stay there to let any new followers know a little about you. Finding your niche and sharing media based around it is often an effective way to grow your followers.

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    What to Tweet First as a Small Business Owner

    As a small business on social media your priority should be getting across useful information about your business in a concise manner. Providing a way for readers to connect with your brand within the tweet can go a long way. Sending your first tweet should introduce the business, inform people what service/goods it provides and a way that anyone interested can get in contact.

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Twitter Guidelines for Tweets

Like any interaction, whether in person or online, we have certain guidelines we expect others to follow. On Twitter you can think of them as useful tips to help get the most out of your interactions.

  1. Opinions

    Tweet a question or give an opinion. Tweets that are open for others to give their feelings on tend to be the easiest way to get engagement.


    Retweet tweets you like and are shared by people you follow. Everyone likes to have what they post engaged with and sharing tweets from others you follow is often the quickest way to build a relationship with followers.

  3. Hashtags

    Tweet using hashtags (hashtags are keywords written #Example). Using a hashtag can make your tweets easy to find by others, especially if that hashtag is currently trending.

  4. Cross Platforms

    List your twitter handle on other social media you use. This way any users who would like to keep more up to date with you can easily find your account and follow.

Outside of these guidelines Twitter has strict policies against targeted harassment, threats and many other means of negative interactions on their site, for a full list of the sites policies you can visit this link:

Twitter is a powerful tool for networking, whether for your business or if you just want to connect with others that have similar interests. Hopefully, these steps have been able to help you get started using Twitter.