Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Twitter!
Hopefully these pages will shed some light on Twitter for those who are new to it or unsure of how to use it. They’re aimed at healthcare professionals, but are equally relevant to other users.
These articles focus on using the Twitter via the Twitter website. This can be used on desktop computers as well as mobile devices. There are also numerous Twitter client apps available for all computers and devices, and which one you find suitable is down to personal preference. If you become comfortable using the Twitter website, most apps will be easier to understand.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a ‘micro-blogging’ site: it allows you to share short updates with other people called Tweets. These Tweets have a limit of 140 characters and can be seen by anybody who looks at your Twitter page. You can follow other people to automatically see all of their Tweets. You can also interact with other people by replying to or sharing (retweeting) their Tweets.
Explore the Guide
Find out about:
- Signing up for a Twitter account
- Timelines, finding and following people
- Replying, retweeting and liking
- Mentions and hashtags
- Twitter shorthand