How to Use Twitter: A Beginner’s Guide

Before you start, make sure you have a valid email address.

Twitter is a messaging system for groups and friends. It enables you to broadcast short messages, called "tweets," to people you know (or if you choose, to anyone in the world who might be interested.) These people are your "followers." It also lets you specify which Twitter users you want to “follow” so you can read their broadcasts.

To get started visit www.twitter.com and click "Join for free." For best results, use your real name when signing up. It is also helpful to upload a picture of yourself if you have one. That way, your friends will be able to find and follow you. You’ll be guided through the step-by-step registration process by Twitter, but there are some things you should keep in mind. For example, if you select the "Protect my updates" box, people won't be able to read your broadcasts or “tweets” unless you authorize them to do so.

Once your account is set up, tell your friends your user name or send them the link to your Twitter page. As a Twitter user, you will have your own individual and unique page and url at http://twitter.com/username.

After you have finished using Twitter, press the "Sign Out" button, located at the top right corner of your screen. The Twitter home page will now appear, and the next user will have to enter his or her log-in information to access Twitter.

Remember, if you have a Twitter account, you can follow the Betel Centre by visiting twitter.com/betelcentre and clicking the "Follow" button located under their user name on the upper left of the screen. Once you follow us, our tweets will appear on your Twitter home page. If you need Help, click on the link on the upper right of any Twitter screen.