Born as a mobile service, Twitter is the tool that brought us a new name for short messages: tweets. Tweets can contain up to 140 characters, similar in size to a text message. Twitter is social media, allowing Twitter users to follow and be followed by other users.
Twitter users create a “handle” that begins with the @ symbol, such as @mnmultitypes (the Twitter account for the Minnesota Multitype Library Systems). The hashtag (putting a # symbol at the beginning of a word or phrase – like #23ThingsMN) can be used in Twitter to turn a word or phrase into a link that makes it easier to find and follow a conversation about that topic.
Signing up for a new account:
- Open the app and tap the Sign Up button.
- On the next page, fill in your account information (name, username, email address, and password). Note: After entering your information, you will receive a confirmation email asking you to verify your email address. Be sure to use an email address you have access to in order to confirm your account.
- After entering your name, you can choose from one of the suggested usernames, or type in an available username of your choosing.
- You may also be asked to follow a certain amount of Twitter accounts before you get started. Here are some suggestions:
- @mnmultitypes – The Minnesota Multitype Library Systems
- @mnlibraries – The Minnesota Library Association
- @memo_updates – The Minnesota Educational Media Organization
- @amlibraries – American Libraries magazine
- @libraryjournal – Library Journal magazine
- Or try searching for your local libraries, library systems, or fellow 23 Mobile Things participants
Adding an existing account to the app:
- Tap the Sign In button on the home screen.
- Enter your username or and password.
- If you have multiple Twitter accounts, once you are logged in to the app, you can add another account by going to the Me tab and tapping on the person icon under your Tweet count or via Settings.
If you need additional help getting started, check out the website Mom This is How Twitter Works. Don’t be deterred by the name, the site is full of great getting-started tips for any new user.
You may also want to watch these videos for getting started with Twitter. This video is for the iPad app, but the Android app is very similar – Twitter iPad App Tutorial:
And for those of you with smartphones, here’s a video for the iPhone app. The Android app is very similar – Twitter iPhone App Tutorial: