Twitter Basics


We’ve all heard the joke that Twitter is for telling people what you had for breakfast.  In reality, many people use Twitter to develop professional networks; they discuss, debate, share news and resources, and develop relationships with colleagues around topics and fields of shared interest. Getting started on Twitter is as easy as setting up an account.  Although the process is intuitive and similar to other that of social media platforms, much has been written to help you.  Mashable has put together an excellent guidebook.

Basic Lingo.  Having some self-efficacy around the lingo is half (mostly all) of the battle. Again, the Mashable Twitter guidebook outlines the basics, or the Twitter glossary ( is also helpful. However, here’s a rundown of some of the initial need-to-know vocabulary.



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Twitter for Academians.