Hello Twitter newbs! What follows is a brief set of guidelines to help you get the most out of Twitter. It’s a rather simple service and premise but like any sub-culture there are rules and norms that can be a bit tricky to figure out at first.
Following – in order to see what people are saying, you have to follow them. You do not need to ask permission to follow someone, you can just click on the profile and select follow. Trouble is, in order to follow someone, you have to know they exist. The easiest way to find people you might like to follow is to find out who other people are following and do the same.
Go to someone’s profile (MissMussel, Chris Foley for example) and cherry pick some people you think may be interesting. It is perfectly normal to follow someone even if you don’t know the person already.
If after following someone for a while you find they are annoying or post too often for your liking, simply unfollow them. They will not receive a letter saying you hate them or anything, so no need to worry about causing offense.
Participating – Twitter is much more enjoyable if you make an effort to chat with people or join in existing games or quizzes. If you like something someone else has said, you can retweet what they wrote simply by hitting the RT button.
Alternatively, if you wish to reply to someone, either type @missmussel, @chrisfoley etc and then your tweet or hit the arrow icon.
Finally, if you have a private message such as a telephone number, type an uppercase D and the person’s name (D missmussel My number is …..) and it will be for their eyes only rather than in public.
Managing There are several efficient ways to manage your tweets that don’t require visiting the Twitter website all the time. This makes it much easier to dip in an out during the workday and not feel like you have to read a huge pile when you do decide to visit. Applications like Tweetdeck, make following topics like #operaplot or #olympics a piece of cake.
If you have any questions, pop them in the comments here or just ask someone. The Twitter music crowd is a rather friendly one, so someone will be happy to help. All the best for this round of #operaplot and making some new friends via Twitter!