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Twitter Beginners guide

Mar 11th 2011 at 11:08 AM

You've probably heard about the benefits that Twitter has to offer. Whether you use it regular or casually, here is potential. The first step is to sign up for a free account. All you need is an email account

After this, Twitter will give you the opportunity to search your address book for friends and contacts you already have who are already signed up on Twitter. You can then add your AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail contacts to your Twitter account. You can always skip this step and add them later.

You will also be given an option to invite your friends to Twitter if you choose, using your email client. Some people consider this to be an intrusive form of spam so...up to you. Next, you want to adjust your settings to your needs. You will do this from your home page. Here you choose whether or not you want your updates protected.

If you protect your updates, they will not appear in a public timeline or in search engines. They will only appear to people who you choose to approve them. You can always change these settings later at any time. Next you need to upload a picture. Don't keep the default avatar from Twitter. This will limit you and it also makes people think you are a blotter. When you know your way around you can download nice background as well.

If you want to use Twitter with your phone, you can now set that up as well. You can receive updates from some of the people you are following using SMS. If you follow a lot of people, this may get a little spammy, however so you may want to limit who you receive updates from.

Here are some things to know about using Twitter:

- You can send updates from your phone or mobile device as well
- A quality photo will help you gain more followers and express who you are
- Follow your friends and family by searching for them at the top of the home page
- Search for people with similar interests who you want to follow
- Take time to learn the basic commands of Twitter

- Direct messages are private messages that only the person you send them to will read these
- Learn safety while online and don't reveal sensitive information to the public
- Share information with people that benefits them

Now that you know more about the Twitter basics, it will help you to find success with Twitter.
The more you put into it, the more you can get back out of it.

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