As college students, each and every individual use Twitter or some other social networking site in order to connect with friends, classmates, professors, job employers, etc  on a daily basis in order to gain some type of information whether it would be for professional purposes or out of just plain entertainment.

Twitter is a online social networking site/app that enables users to connect with other peers using the send and read method using 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, while other users can only view them. Twitter allows you to “tweet” at any moment to let the world know what you are doing at a certain moment or what may be on your mind. “Twitter is a great way to connect with future employers, and I believe that this application is very powerful instrument even though many people complain about the character limit,” said technology professional Larry Strauser who handles all the cities computer systems.

Some people may be curious on how to manage their Twitter accounts or even how to make one for themselves. The first thing you are going to want to do is establish a strong internet connection via computer or smartphone to be directed to Twitter.

Here is a step by step procedure on helping you set up a Twitter account.

Step 1) Go to www.twitter.com to begin setup process, you will be brought to a new page.

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Step 2) Begin to fill out the required fields in the box labeled, “New to Twitter?”

-Full Name, Email Address, Desired Password

Step 3) Click the yellow button “Sign up for Twitter.”

Step 4) Make sure all other information is correct and able to use then choose your desired username.

Step 5) Click the yellow button that says “Sign In.”

Step 6) Check off the boxes that are related to your interests.

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Step 7) Begin exploring your profile and customize your preferences as on screen instructions will appear.

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Twitter Terms

  • Tweet: an expressed statement by the user that can be up to 140 characters.
  • Retweet: re-sharing or showing interest in someone else’s tweet.
  • Feed: the collection of most recent tweets from yourself and the people you follow.
  • Reply to a tweet: When looking at someone else’s tweet there is an arrow button that allows you to respond to their tweet. This means that the person who created the tweet will be able to see your response.
  • Retweet: Re-sharing or showing interest in someone else’s tweet. Click the Retweet button and it will show up on your feed.
  • Favorite: Showing interest in someone else’s tweet but only the person who composed the tweet will know you favorited it. Click the favorite button and it will not show up on your feed.

Tweet Talk

  • In the upper right hand corner is a blue button that looks like this (Figure 1.1) click that to begin composing a tweet.
  • In the text box that pops up write the desired 140 character or less statement. Once you are done click the blue button that says, “Tweet”
  • Once submitted, your statement then becomes a tweet which will be seen by your followers

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New updates coming soon!

As days continue to pass by, Twitter is constantly trying to improve their site for their users to make it the most successful as possible. Some of the ways that Twitter is doing so is with replying, media attachments,and retweeting as quote tweeting yourself. When replying to a tweet, users will no longer have the 140 character limit to share their thoughts which is a big topic that users feel needs to be fixed. When you add photos, or other types of media it will no longer count towards the character limit as well. As well as those few new updates, the last one that is going to be taken place, is you no longer have to use the “@”symbol to tag someone. All you have to do is begin by typing their name and it reaches out to whomever you would like it to. “Twitter’s new updates that are constantly happening each and every day make it easier for me when covering different local sporting events as it is easier to include photos while at the same time giving a detailed explanation, said Cody Smith, a sports journalist for the Milton newspaper company.”

For statistics regarding the background behind Twitter and different interesting facts please click on the link below.

Twitter Facts