Social Media 101: Twitter

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By AHRA Staff

May 2011–Estimated at about 200 million current users, Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest news and communications by way of text-based posts called tweets.

You can “follow” streams you find interesting and view these streams’ tweets in your Twitter feed. In turn, you can tweet information to your “followers” in the form of your own original content as well as “re-tweets” from those you follow.

Tweets can be up to 140 characters in length. You can present content solely within a tweet (eg, a random thought or quote) or you can treat each tweet as a headline and include a corresponding link, photo, video, or other content through which your follows can find out more.

If you already joined, great! If you would like to, visit Twitter and follow the basic instructions.

By default, tweets are publicly visible; however, you can restrict message delivery to just your followers, as well as approve who can follow you and keep your tweets out of search results.

To make these updates, click on your profile name at the top right corner of your home screen. Click on “Settings.”

From this page, you can change your basic account information, language settings, and tweet privacy and location settings. Scroll towards the bottom of the page until you see “Tweet Privacy.” Click to check this box to only let people you approve follow your tweets.

Also consider checking the “Always use HTTPS” box below next to “HTTPS Only” to use a secure connection where possible to encrypt your account information.

Now that you’ve joined Twitter and tailored it to suit your privacy needs, follow AHRA’s Twitter feed by clicking here.  By following AHRA, you’ll receive AHRA updates, discussions, Industry News posts, and the latest from our online Job Bank.

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