The ins and outs of the Twitter world


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Twitter: You either love it or hate it.
For some, Twitter is a vital extension to their plethora of social media outlets.
To others, it’s something they just don’t get.
Twitter defines itself as “a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting.”
Users can access Twitter on their mobile phones, tablets and computers, as well as “follow” one another and post tweets for free.
A tweet is a status date of 140 characters or less that is shared with followers. In a tweet, one can share links to photos and videos and even conduct conversations.
Users begin a conversation with someone by tweeting to them.
This is done by putting the @ symbol before the person’s username within a tweet.
Following the “@Username” method, they can then type their message.
This is still done in 140 characters or less, including the characters that have already been used by typing the username.
This message is public and can be seen by both the person who originally tweeted it, and the person the tweet was addressed to. Also any of the followers of either party can see the tweet.
Users also have the option to privately message one another, provided they are following each other.
Hashtags are also used extensively within Twitter.
A hashtag is a word or phrase with the pound symbol before it used to tag posts. From there, anyone who searches for that hashtag on Twitter would be able to see all the tweets that contain that particular hashtag.
Twitter can be used by anyone in the world and is available in more than 20 languages. Users can sign for free at

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