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Hardly surprising, since it's one of the most popular communication channels. Yet there are lots of people out there who still don't have a Twitter profile. If you want to start using Twitter, you should know all the nuts and bolts. Tweet, like, retweet, reply, follow... All you need to know.
Twitter is the ideal communication channel for people who want to send messages out into the world. Unlike Snapchat or Instagram, the emphasis is on text rather than photos or videos. Messages you send via Twitter are called tweets, and the verb is to tweet. But it doesn't end there. The question is, what can you do with all these Tweets? Here are the six main features.
A Tweet can be a text, photo, GIF, or video. If you tweet text, you are limited to 140 characters. The use of hashtags is very important on Twitter, to classify your tweet in the search terms. For instance, if you use the hashtag #Belgium, you come in a list with all the tweets that have this hashtag.
You can also retweet a tweet. This is a bit like sharing on Facebook, where you can share someone else's message on your profile. In general, when you retweet a message you stand behind it more than if you simply like a tweet.
The third pillar is the Reply button, which allows you to reply to a tweet. Here too you are limited to 140 characters. You can respond to one or several people simultaneously by simply placing the "@" symbol in front of a Twitter account. A twitterer who wants to reply to you will appear automatically.
First and foremost, you can protect your tweets by not making them public. You can specify who sees your tweets via Security & Privacy. You can also send and receive private Messages on Twitter, so that only the person you send the message to sees it.
It's an unspoken rule, but everyone wants as many followers as possible on Twitter. However, if you really want to be popular, you have to be very active on Twitter: sending new tweets daily, replying to other tweets, standing out with a good sense of humor or a strong opinion. Or you can simply be famous: celebrities automatically have many followers.
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