Twitter is one of those things that sounds more complicated when you explain it than it actually is. Once you start using it, pay attention to what other people are doing, ask them questions if you don’t understand what something is and you’ll be a pro in no time. It’s way less complicated than Facebook and even your mom is on that, right?
If you’re not so great with computers or don’t really know what Twitter is, you may find the following to be helpful.
What Is It?
We’ll stick to the basics for now. This post gives you a little more detail on the tools and methods you can use to follow #operaplot efficiently, you know, since we’re all about not wasting time around here. *ahem*
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.
The main problem is that 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. This is the key difference between Facebook and Twitter.
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 (if you’re using Tweetdeck) hit the arrow icon that appears when you hover on their profile picture.
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. You both have to be following each other for a private message to work.
Retweets and replies don’t require mutual following.
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!