Twitter is one of the most popular social networks, and it's easy to see why. In a few years, the platform has gone from being a microblogging page designed only for a few to be a great source of breaking news.
Best of all, you can also create an account completely free of charge and, in a matter of minutes, start writing everything that goes through your head in messages of 280 characters, before only 160.
Then we will also show you how to customize your own profile to your liking, from how to add a profile picture, to choose what other Twitter users start following, how to block a twitter.
How to open a Twitter account
To open a Twitter account, the first thing you should do is go to the official page from Twitter, if you want to do it from a web browser. You also have the possibility to do it from the mobile app, which you can download in the App Store or Google Play.
There, you can now choose the option Sign up. Sers redirected to a page where you should enter your Account name and you phone number or Electronic mail? Nico that you want to associate with your Twitter.
On the next screen, you can select options such as other users can find your account by mail or activate personalized ads. When you're ready, hit Next, followed by Check in to create the account
Basic Twitter operation
Once you have created your profile, it is time to customize it. This means that you should go to your wall, hit the button Edit profile and choose a profile picture and a header photo, add a small biography and change the colors. When you're ready, hit Save Changes.
It is also time for you to take a look at the way Twitter has to present the information. In your profile, see sections such as Tweets, Following, Followers, Likes, Lists or Moments, which we will explain later.
If you hit the button Start, you will be presented with a list that is updated in real time of the tweets that those users that you continue to publish. You will also have access to the Moments, Notifications and Messages buttons.
There is no limit to the tweets you can publish, but only the characters that each message can contain. Currently there are 280, although it has only been that way for a few months. The social network was born with the mythical limit of 140 characters.
On the other hand, keep in mind that everyone, whether or not you follow on Twitter and whether or not you have logged in, can see the tweets you publish, although not always your retweets. You can avoid it by blocking an account or changing your privacy settings.
What is a hashtag?
Surely you've heard of the hashtags. It is that word or set of words not separated by a space and preceded by the symbol # that serves to categorize your tweet into a specific topic.
For example, if you want to write a comment about the last iPhone that has gone on sale and you want other users to find your tweet more easily, you should include a pad in front of the word iPhone.
Although it is now possible to search for tweets that include a specific word without it being used as hashtag, with the use of this type of label you will contribute to the creation of trends, which we will talk about later.
What is arroba for?
On Twitter, it is also possible to get the attention of another tweeter using the arroba in front of his username. You can add this tag in front of or along the message you want that person to see.
If you choose to include the mention in front of the text, this tweet does not appear on your Tweets list, while in the second case it does. In both cases, however, the user in question will receive a notification to alert him that you have mentioned him.
How to write a tweet
To start tweeting, you have it very easy. The operation is very similar to other social networks. Search the button Tweet, or in its absence, an icon in the form of a fountain pen with a + symbol next to it. Click on it.
You will open a small floating screen where you can start writing, without going over 280 characters. You can see how much you need to reach the limit in the circle you see on the right. You can also choose whether to tweet a photo, a GIF or a survey.
If you want to create a thread -a series of tweets-, you can do it by giving the button +. Many users use it to tell a story that does not fit them in 280 characters. When you're ready, hit Tweet and wait for your tweet to appear on your wall.
How to tweet a photo
Twitter allows you to accompany your messages with photos. To do this, you just need to give the square shaped button with a landscape, locate that image you want to add and give Open.
Once this is done, you have the possibility to tag other users that appear in the photo. Just click on Quin appears in this photo? and choose up to a total of ten people.
How to tweet a video
To post a video, you should also give it to the rectangular button with a landscape inside and, instead of choosing an image, select a video and give Open. Then you can trim the clip length, which can last up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
You also have to keep in mind that the Twitter mobile application is compatible only with MP4 or MOV format videos. From the web browser, you can upload videos up to 512 MB with H.264 / MP4 format with AAC audio.
How to tweet a GIF
The social network also offers the possibility of including a GIF in your tweets to help you express your emotions. Click on the GIF icon and be presented with a large gallery of GIFs organized in categories. You can also use the search bar to locate your favorite.
How to add the location to a tweet
If you want what you write to have a mark that identifies your location, just click on it. fourth icon. You should probably activate the option, but once the place where you are is activated it will be automatically added.
How to tweet a poll
Did you know that you can ask your followers what you want in the form of a survey? If you give to bar chart iconYou should see a section where you can add possible answers. You can also adjust the duration of the survey.
How to respond, retweet or like a tweet
In order to interact with other users, Twitter gives you more options to simply write tweets, use hashtags and mention them in your messages. You can also answer other tweets, share them on your wall or like them.
How to answer a tweet
Suppose one of your friends on Twitter has just posted a very interesting tweet and you want to let him know that you agree. You may want to participate in a very intense debate that has been created about another tweet. You must learn to respond.
To do this, you should find the balloon shaped icon What do you see in any tweet. You can also simply click on the tweet in question. In any case, this message will open in a floating window.
Now, you can locate the box Tweet your answer. When you click on it, the message will automatically appear In response to followed by the name of the user. You can now write your answer in less than 280 characters and give it to Reply.
How to retweet a tweet
Another popular Twitter feature is to share the tweets that other users have written on your own wall. This action is called retweeting, which you can perform simply by giving the symbol with two arrows They form a circle.
See that the tweet in question opens in a floating window. Now you will have two options: just give it to Retweet or click on Add a comment to include your own opinion about the tweet.
How to like a tweet
To show your agreement with a tweet, you can also opt for the option I like, which you see in all the messages of other users in the form of heart. You will know that you have given this option when the heart appears pink.
How to send a direct message on Twitter
Another way to interact with other users is through the private messenger function. There are several ways to send direct messages, but keep in mind that in any case you can only do so if the person you want to write to follows you on Twitter.
On the one hand, you can simply hit the button Messages with an envelope icon to access your inbox. Then you can touch the option New message to choose the sender, write the text and send it.
On the other hand, you also have the possibility to send a tweet that you found interesting by private message. You must click on the on, choose the user to the one you want to send it to and give Send. You can also add your own comment.
How to start following someone on Twitter
At this point, you may be wondering how to start following someone on Twitter. After all, one of the advantages of Twitter is to know what other people think and interact with them, and that is much easier if you follow them.
The simplest way to find other users to follow is by entering their name – preferably the one they use as a user, since they do not always use their real name – in the top search bar.
See that Twitter will present you with a list of suggestions, but if none of them is the person you are looking for, simply give Enter to be redirected to another page where you will have more results.
We are going to put an example. We want to start following our Macworld Spain publication. Enter the name in the bar and see that just typing Mac is already in the list of suggestions. Notice that I also suggest hashtags popular.
We select the correct result to go to the Macworld Spain profile. Now we only have to click on the button Follow We will see on the right hand side. What happens to be called Following. Twitter usually suggest three more accounts to follow.
Alternatively, you can check the profiles that other users follow and give the button Follow that accompanies each of them when you see one that interests you see their tweets. It may be a good idea when you no longer think of who else to follow.
How to block a Twitter user
But, and how can we protect ourselves from unpleasant users? All the freedom that Twitter offers to express your opinion on any subject can also turn against you. It is well known that some people use the platform to insult.
Luckily, this social network offers the possibility to block the users you want. If they do, they cannot see what you tweet, they cannot mention you in their tweets or send you messages.
To do so, you can go to the profile of that person, click on the three vertical dots You will see on the right hand side, next to the Follow button and select the option Block. You can also silence your tweets or report inappropriate activity.
Alternatively, you can also block a person at the same time you read one of his nasty tweets. You must click on the Arrow down from the upper right corner of the tweet in question and select Block.
How to change your settings and privacy on Twitter
With everything that happened with Facebook, you may also worry about the use that Twitter makes of your data. This is why we recommend taking a look at the Settings and privacy section that you can access by clicking on your profile picture.
Once there, go to the Privacy and security section and click on the Edit button next to Personalization and data. Now you can choose with whom the social network shares your data and what type of customization you want.
In addition, in Settings and privacy you can also manage the accounts that you have blocked or silenced and choose the option to protect your tweets, thanks to which only the users you approve can see what you publish.
What does it mean to be a trend on Twitter?
To measure the impact of a news or event on Twitter, the platform dedicates a section to list the hashtags and topics that people are tweeting more about at all times. To appear in said classification is to be a trend or trending topic.
If you use Twitter from your computer's browser, you can check the trends in a section that you will find on the left hand side of your chronology. Keep in mind that these trends may be customized depending on the topics you usually consult.
Once you have located this section, you can change your location to know what is a trend anywhere in the world. You can also click on any of the topics listed to see everything people are tweeting about.
What are Twitter Moments?
One of the latest additions to Twitter are called Moments. A company team is responsible for identifying what has been news on Twitter and makes it a kind of presentation where the most relevant tweets are collected.
To check the Moments, you must click on the Moments button in the top bar on the home page of your Twitter, or by tapping on the lightning icon in your mobile application and swipe down.
The Moments you see are customized according to the people you follow, the popularity of that topic and the actual location where you are at that time. When you travel abroad, then, these will appear in the language of the country.
Alternatively, if you still don't know how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Uber, do not hesitate to consult the other guides we have written thinking about you here in PCWorld Spain.