Here’s a few things I’ve noticed after talking with some people who are confused by or hate on twitter, as well as some mistakes I’ve seen made by new people who follow me. These are written to be understood by my mom, a budding technology user who has never been on twitter before in her life. That means that even if you still type with hunt and peck, or don’t know how to set your facebook privacy settings, you’ll still be able to create an account and use twitter. Not that my mom should do that. Oh no…
- If you’re terrified of it or don’t understand it, don’t worry. It’s like facebook status updates but without all the farmville junk getting in the way. Well really, facebook stole twitter’s format because it’s so popular, but ya know.
- Don’t worry too much about your username–you can change it later! Try not to make it too long or people won’t retweet you.
- Fill out some of the profile information and make a bio. It doesn’t have to be great and you can change it later. But people with similar interests are more likely to follow you if you look less spammy and show these interests right away (when they get an email saying you follow them, it will show your username, picture and bio. So you should have all three.) Continue reading 10 Twitter Tips to Get You Started