Using Twitter – the basics

Time to get started!
Time to get started!

How to tweet

Sending your first Tweet is easy — just sign into your account and type into the Tweet box on the left side of your Home screen. You can also click the compose icon at the top of the page and craft your Tweet from there. Be sure that your Tweet is no longer than 140 characters. As you type, the number of remaining characters updates for you automatically at the bottom right of the Tweet box.

How to retweet

Retweeting is a way for you to re-post someone else’s Tweet and quickly share it with your followers. To retweet just hover over the Tweet you want to share and click the Retweet button. Retweets look like normal Tweets with the author’s name and username next to it, but are distinguished by the Retweet icon and the name of the user who retweeted the Tweet. If you see a message from a stranger in your timeline, look for retweeted by info in the Tweet — the retweeter should be someone you follow.

How to add photos, videos and links

Twitter offers a fast and effective way to share your photos, videos and links. Including media in your Tweets can also increase your followers and the number of Retweets you get — Tweets with photos get twice the engagement as those without photos. To share photos, click on the camera icon on the lower left corner of the Tweet box and you will be prompted to select the image you’d like to upload. Your image will then appear within your Tweet.

How to use hashtags

The hashtag symbol (#) is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It turns the word into a link and makes it easier to find and follow a conversation about that topic.

Twitter for mobile

With your smartphone or mobile device, you can use Twitter wherever you are. Twitter has been geared toward on-the-go users from its inception. In fact, more than 76 per cent of our users today access Twitter through their mobile devices. Download the Twitter app for your mobile device.