How to Get Connected in Social Media
Twitter 101: How to get started using Twitter
What's Twitter Anyway? Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It's a new and easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about.
How is it Useful? Twitter contains information you will find valuable. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your home page for you to read. It’s like being delivered a newspaper whose headlines you’ll always find interesting – you can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time.
How to Start Using Twitter: If you remember one thing after perusing this page, it should be this: reading Tweets and discovering new information whenever you check in on your Twitter timeline is where you’ll find the most value on Twitter. Some people find it useful to contribute their own Tweets, but the real magic of Twitter lies in absorbing real-time information that matters to you.
1. DISCOVER SOURCES: find and follow others It’s best to begin your journey by finding and following other interesting Twitter accounts. Look for businesses you love, public service accounts, people you know, celebrities, or news sources you read. (Click here for help finding interesting accounts.) Tip: One great way to find more interesting accounts is see who those you know or admire are following.
2. CHECK IT OFTEN: pay attention to what’s happening Messages from others you follow will show up in a readable stream on your Twitter homepage. Once you've followed a few people, you'll have a new page of information to read each time you log in. Click links in others' Tweets to view: images and videos they have posted, the profiles of users mentioned in their message, or Tweets related to a hashtag (#) keyword they included.
3. TAKE IT WITH YOU: connect your mobile One of the best things about Twitter is that it’s portable. Connect your account to your mobile phone or download a Twitter application to begin reading Tweets on the go. Now you can get updates about traffic problems in the middle of your commute, find out what the players are saying while you’re at the game, or catch up on the buzz about an event you’re about to attend. The possibilities are endless! Tip: Using Twitter via SMS allows you to pick and choose which updates you want from those you follow, so you can get mobile updates from the accounts that matter most to your life on-the-go.
How to Start Tweeting: Many users find it fun or exciting to contribute their own content to Twitter (we call this “tweeting”). If you’re one of them, here are some good ways to get started posting your own Tweets. People you know and people you are interested in what you have to say may follow you and they’ll see all the Tweets you share with them.
1. BUILD A VOICE: Retweet, reply, react Use existing information (other people's Tweets) on Twitter to find your own voice and show others what you care about. Retweet messages you've found and love, or @reply with your reaction to a Tweet you find interesting. Tip: If you're a new user, others are more likely to find your messages if they are Retweets or @replies.
2. MENTION: include others in your content Once you're ready to begin authoring your own messages, consider mentioning other users by their Twitter username (preceded by the @ sign) in your Tweets. This can help you think of what to write, will draw more eyes to your message, and can even start a new conversation. Try posting a message mentioning a celebrity or person you admire – they often respond to fans. You’ll see their response on your Mentions tab. Tip: Can’t think of anything to write? You don't have to. The real magic lies in locating and reading content on Twitter.
3. GET FANCY: explore advanced features As you become more engaged on Twitter, others will begin to find and follow you. Once you're familiar with Twitter basics, consider exploring the site’s more advanced features: lists, direct messages, and favorites. Learn how to include images or videos in your Tweets, or consider connecting your Twitter account to your your blog, Facebook, or website to show off your updates across the web. Tip: The best way to gain followers on Twitter is to regularly engage and contribute in a meaningful way.
Tips and Tricks: Need help finding interesting accounts? Click Discover at the top of your Twitter page. You can find and follow other accounts in these four ways: 1) browse accounts by category, 2) browse accounts that we think might be of interest to you 3) import your address book contacts to find out which friends are already on Twitter, 4) search one-by-one for people or groups of interest.
Need help using Twitter on your mobile phone? By linking your Twitter account to your mobile phone number, you can receive and write Tweets via text message. Learn how to get started by clicking here. Or, visit our Mobile Help section of articles.
Confused by our lingo? Check out the Twitter Glossary containing definitions for a ton of Twitter terms used on our website.
Want help setting up your Twitter profile? Click here to learn about adding a profile image, bio, and more to customize your Twitter profile!
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Facebook 101: How to get started using Facebook
Creating your new account
How do I sign up for Facebook? If you don't have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one in a few easy steps. To sign up for a brand new account, enter your name, birthday, gender, and email address into the form on www.facebook.com. Then pick a password.
After you complete the sign up form, we'll send an email to the address you provided. Just click the confirmation link to complete the sign up process.
How do I complete the sign-up process and confirm my email address? In order to complete the sign-up process, you need to confirm that you own the email address you used to set up an account. This way, we know we're sending your account information to the right place. To confirm your email address, click on the link in Facebook's sign up confirmation email.
What's the difference between confirming my email address and verifying my account? After you create an account, you'll need to confirm your email address so we can make sure we're sending information about your account to the right place. Look for an email from Facebook and click on the link provided to confirm your email address. After you confirm your email address, you can verify your account. Verifying your account gives you the ability to do more on Facebook, like register a username.
Why did I receive a confirmation email from Facebook? When you sign up for a Facebook account or add a new email address to your existing account, Facebook will send an you an email. This way, we can make sure that you own the email address connected to you account. To confirm this, all you need to do is click on the link in the email.
If you didn't sign up for a Facebook account and received a confirmation email in error, you can deactivate the account in question by clicking the link at the bottom of the email.
I’m able to access my new account, but can’t do things like send messages or write on Walls (timelines). What’s going on?
While your email account is unconfirmed, you won't be able to send messages, write on your friends’ Walls (timelines), post in discussions, poke, tag your friends in photos or notes, comment on content, join groups, or fan Pages. This limit is in place as a security precaution. We're sorry for the inconvenience! To confirm your email address, click on the link in Facebook's sign up confirmation email.
What are usernames and Facebook web addresses? You can customize the web address for your profile (timeline) or Facebook Page by selecting a unique username or extension. It will appear in the location bar of your browser after "https://www.facebook.com/" when you view your profile (timeline) or Page. Your username is also in your Facebook email address (ex: firstname.lastname@example.org).
A common example of a username is some variation on your name. For example, someone named Jane Doe might choose "jane.doe" for her username so her friends can visit her profile (timeline) by going to www.facebook.com/jane.doe. Similarly, you can choose an extension for your Page that resembles your Page's name to make it easier for people to find you on Facebook (ex: https://www.facebook.com/facebooktips).
How do I add a friend? Search for your friend’s profile (timeline) using the search bar at the top of any Facebook page. Find the person you know and click on the Add as Friend button to the right of their name. A friend request will be sent to that person. Once they confirm that they actually are friends with you, they will show up on your list of Facebook friends. Please note that privacy settings may limit your ability to see the "Add as Friend" link for some users.
How do I control who can add me as a friend? By default, anyone on Facebook can send you a friend request. If you’d like to modify who can send you friend requests:
Where can I find my settings? Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page. A dropdown menu will expand with the following options:
What is the Like feature? "Like" is a way to give positive feedback or to connect with things you care about on Facebook. You can like content that your friends post to give them feedback or like a Page that you want to connect with on Facebook. You can also connect to content and Pages through social plugins or advertisements on and off Facebook. Learn more about Like at http://www.facebook.com/like.
What does it mean to "Like" a piece of content that's been posted?
Clicking Like under something you or a friend posts on Facebook is an easy way to let someone know that you enjoy it, without leaving a comment. Just like a comment though, the fact that you liked it is noted beneath the item. For example, if you click a Like link beneath a friend's video:
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