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Jessica De Lellis, Staff Writer

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I am a huge huge huge Twitter fanatic. I know many people are confused about how to use Twitter, but fear not! I (@narniafan95) have come up with an easy to use guide that will make using Twitter extremely simple.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is like Facebook, a social networking cite, but far less personal. There is no place to put your favorite sports, movies or athletes like there is on Facebook. However, there is place for your bio, but it is limited to only 160 characters. Everything on Twitter is short and concise.

Picking A Username

Your username is very important. You don’t want it to be too long, since others might mention you in their tweets, and tweets are limited to 140 characters. You also don’t want it to be something inappropriate or embarrassing, but don’t worry, you can change your username at anytime in the settings.

Following People

You can follow practically anybody on Twitter, except for those who have their profile on private. If you would like to follow someone who has a private private profile, all you do is click “Send Follow Request.” Every now and again, tweeters run into the twitter issue that is the following limit. Most people can only follow 2,000 people. However, there is a way around this, and the more followers you have, the more you may follow. Twitter does this to prevent “agressive following.”

Celebrities on Twitter

Many celebrities have a Twitter account. The great thing about Twitter is it tells you if it really is the celebrity. They put a blue checkmark next to verified accounts. So yes, you can interact with famous people.

What is a tweet?

A tweet is simply a blurb of information that a person wants to share. Those who are familiar with Facebook, a tweet is essentially the equivalent of  a status update. While Twitter limits tweets to 140 characters, you can basically tweet anything you can type.


If someone likes one of your tweets, they can retweet it. This means your tweet will not only show up on your feed, but on theirs as well. You can do the same. You can retweet someone else’s tweet and it will show up in your tweets.

What are hashtags?

Hashtags (“#” symbol) are a way to categorize tweets. Hashtags can be as basic as #neversaynever or as complicated as #WhatYouFindInLadiesHandbags. Helpful Tip: Popular hashtags are #np and #FF. #np stands for “now playing”. People use it to say what song they are listening to. #FF means “Follow Friday”. People use #FF to suggest people to follow.


You can search for specific things on Twitter. For example, I frequently search “Tim Lincecum” to see what people are saying about him. You can also save searches for easy access.

The Difference [email protected] and Direct Messages

@replies are when you directly reply to someone’s tweet, while  direct message (DM) is sending a private message to someone who follows you. The main difference between @replies and direct messages are that @replies are public and DM’s are not. Also, @replies counts as a tweet, whereas DM’s are in messages.


On Twitter you can create a list of people to follow. For example, I made a list. My list follows SF Giants players (such as Brian Wilson @BrianWilson38) and their wives (such as Madison Bumgarner’s wife @AliBumG). Other people can follow the lists you create.

Thank you for reading and this concludes this incredibly awesome Twitter how to guide. If this wasn’t awesome enough for you, any other questions you may have can be answered at:


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