The Kaweb Twitter Guide
Twitter – A Kaweb Guide
Twitter is a social media tool, much like Facebook. With our new social media integration, you’ll be able to use your Twitter account to extend your reach on the web.
What is Twitter for? What can you do?
Millions of people use Twitter daily, some for their personal life, some for maintaining contacts, and others for advertising a business. You’ve likely heard people talking about Tweeting. A Tweet is a message. You can post as many Tweets as you like from your account, but each Tweet is limited to 140 characters maximum. This means Tweets are always small chunks of information. Tweets can be used to link to interesting content, repost news or quote someone, or simply reply to a post by another user. This is a simple guide to show you how to use all this functionality, and more.
1. Following and Followers
Your followers are users who find your twitter page interesting and relevant, likewise, your following list is a list of users who you have marked as being interesting and relevant to you. Generally, if you follow users who have something in common, they are likely to follow you back. For example, if you’re using Twitter to promote an estate agent, we would recommend following accounts of other property retailers, advertising companies, universities and colleges (especially if you do student lets). As you follow more users your number of followers should steadily increase too, so to get the best out of Twitter you want as many people to see your Tweets. Lets get following!
To follow someone, search for a relevant term, eg. ‘Property’ using the search bar at the top of Twitter.
Each user account will be displayed in a list, click the name of the user you wish to follow.
In the right hand panel, the profile of that user will appear with a green +Follow button. Simply click the button.
Every time a user you’ve followed posts a Tweet, it appears in your Timeline on your Twitter home page, and likewise, every time you post a Tweet, the users who have followed you will be able to read it in their own timeline.
2. Posting a Tweet
Now you’ve got some Followers, it’s time to write some Tweets for them to read.
To do this, click on the Home button at the top of the page, on the home page, you’ll have a box in the left panel beneath the words “What’s happening?”.
Type your Tweet into the box, and click the “Tweet” button to post your message.
- You can’t edit Tweets. You can only delete a Tweet and rewrite it.
- The number of characters left available is shown next to the “Tweet” button, you will be unable to post your Tweet if you go over this limit.
- You can post a photo, using the camera button to the left of the “Tweet” button, likewise, you can also add a location to a Tweet using the crosshair button in the same place.
- You can add a link to the Tweet. If you type or paste a large link into the message, Twitter will notify you to let you know that the link will appear shortened when posted, and will update the number of characters remaining accordingly.
3. Advanced Tweeting
Twitter has a number of tools available to spread your message a bit further than just on your own twitter page.
Suppose you wished to talk about the Royal Institute of Charters and Surveyors, and you noticed a lot of other people were talking about them too, you could finish your Tweet with #RICS. This is called a hashtag, and it allows similar topic Tweets to be collected under one link. When you put a hashtag in a Tweet, it becomes available as a link, all other users can click this link and see all posts under that topic.
A retweet is just as it sounds, it’s the ability to share a Tweet written by another user with all of your own followers. If you see that the BBC have Tweeted about property prices rising in your area, rather than write it out yourself or copy it, click the retweet button below the Tweet content to simply share it forward with your followers.
Mentions and Replies
You can mention or reply to someone by typing @ followed by their username. If you start the Tweet with @Username, it’s a reply. Replies will appear on your timeline, the and in the timeline of the user who you sent it to, but not in the timeline of all your followers. This is ideal for holding a conversation that others users can read if they choose to.
If you use @Username in the Tweet, but not at the start, it’s a mention. By mentioning another user, you can bring their attention to it at the same time as Tweeting so all your followers can see it.
On the Twitter home page, there is a list of “Trends” in the right hand panel, these are the most popular topics being discussed. To post a Tweet into a Trending topic, simply copy the trending phrase or hashtag and use it in your Tweet. It’s worth using trends where possible, as your Tweet could be seen by a lot more people.
At the top of the Twitter page, there is a Messages button.
On this page, you can read private messages from users to you, and send some private messages of your own.
That’s all there is to it, go get Tweeting!