Twitter is fun to use and quite easy as well. You can access Twitter using your PC or through your mobile phone or device. Navigating through Twitter-verse is easy with just a few commands. Even the rules guiding Twitter are pretty simple and straightforward for a dummy. Anyone can learn to send tweets and follow people on twitter without being an expert.

Even though Twitter has become growingly popular among various political and cultural platforms, so many people still don’t understand it perfectly. This set of a few unaware users may simply regard tweets as just another way journalists share their websites when they lack better ideas.

Twitter, for its part, has tried to reach out to starters and new users using various media, one of which is a brand new campaign that is aimed towards those who don’t know much about twitter. However, even the commercials of these campaigns are not correctly targeted so most Twitter newbies end up referring to online resources such as this article that can help them in their research.


But is it really important to provide a “Twitter for Starters Manual” for people who don’t know much about twitter? Keep reading on to find out..


Twitter as a social network platform has its unique ways of engaging users across various networks. As such, the terms associated with actions taken on Twitter may be quite different from the usual vocabulary. We will briefly discuss some of those terms in this article; we hope you find this helpful.

Some commonly used Twitter terms and their meaning

  1. @mention: When you place the @ symbol before any username, you automatically tag that user in your tweet.
  2. @reply: When you start a tweet with @username, you can publicly reply that single user’s tweet.
  3. Direct message (DM): With this command, a private message can be sent directly to a Twitter user who is currently following you.
  4. Follower: A twitter follower is a person who follows you on Twitter and gets your updates and tweets on his timeline (the stream of tweets from people you already follow that displays on your home feed).
  5. Retweet: Retweeting is a way of sharing another person’s tweet through your account.
  6. Hashtags: By placing the # symbol before any word automatically turns that word to a tag of your tweets. When the tag is clicked, one can see your tweet as well as other people’s tweet with that same word tag.
  7. Link shorteners: This is used when you have a URL to promote on Twitter. With the default 140 characters for twitter tweets, it is almost impossible to attach a long URL and still post a relevant tweet with such few word counts. So you make use of URL shorteners to reduce the links from 16 to about 20 characters.


  1. Lists: The lists function on Twitter allows users to organize people who follow them, or they follow in a group or list. Lists make it possible not to follow a person back but still keep up with the person’s records and updates. You can also group subjects and topics into lists, group your favorite discussions and Twitter users all in one list.

Here are some useful tips on how to run your account:

  1. Follow people that interest you
  2. You do not have to read every tweet
  3. Organise your followers into lists
  4. Respond to everyone in a timely fashion
  5. Use a content management system such as Hootsuite
  6. Engage with others in your industry and locally
  7. Have a good, informational Biography (see here for an example)
  8. Its ok to repeat your tweets (Especially if its Blog items)
  9. Don’t only tweet about you

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Nicholas is a social entrepreneur, passionate marketeer, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, non-profit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Managing Director of CFM Group. He is an internationally recognized strategist, coach, speaker and in the process of writing his 1st book. Possessing over 13 years’ experience in helping clients realise their potential through clarifying their vision, message and market to design the strategies and roadmaps needed to succeed. Utilising this extensive background in strategic planning, pitch and message design, marketing and communications, executive and speaker coaching was his pathway to founding His knowlegde was fundamental in building the company with an investment capital of £1 and a large social impact community and professional development hub in Cambridge, UK. Feel free to comment on any of our articles that interests you or message our CEO directly at ! We hope you enjoy our blog !

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