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Social Media Guide...
What: Twitter is a collection of people, companies and organisations
who all “tweet” short messages of up to 280 characters.
How: Go to their website or download their app and sign up. They’ll
ask you for an email address (which is not shared with other users), to
create a password and ask you to select a user name that is shared
with other users. It’s free and really simple to register.
Where: www.twitter.com
Twitter can be really
useful to keep a track
on fast moving stories.
For instance, when I
got trapped away from
home during the recent
snow, Twitter had
invaluable, accurate
travel information,
actual photos of the
roads taken by users
and warnings from
Once you are signed up you can “follow” other users and they can “follow”
you. Search for friends, celebrities, companies and organisations that
interest you and click follow on their page. When you follow someone
or something their tweets will appear on your timeline. You can click
the heart if you like that story or “retweet” it so that people who follow
you will see it. Clicking the heart or retweet is a compliment.
You can also search for words, trends or hashtags (#). A hashtag
identifies a specific topic, you could search #cats and millions of tweets
will come up that relate to cats.
Videos, photos and links can be attached to tweets too.
Twitter is an excellent resource for foodies with chefs and cooks sharing
It’s not all celebrity gossip and cat videos. You can just use it between
friends or follow specialist accounts such as archive photography,
poetry and the arts.
Popular stories
are available as
a list when you
select search.
This list is the
trending list.
You are likely
to find news,
sport and other
stories here.
These trends
are constantly


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