Get To Know – Twitter


Do you know that Twitter is now the second largest social network on the web? So what is Twitter? Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.

What is a Tweet? A Tweet is an expression of a moment or idea. It can contain text, photos, and videos. Millions of Tweets are shared in real time, every day.

Where do Tweets live? When you follow people, their Tweets instantly show up in your timeline. Similarly, your Tweets show up in your followers’ timelines. To see interesting Tweets, follow interesting people: friends, celebrities, news sources, or anyone whose Tweets you enjoy.


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REPLY — Comment on a Tweet and join the conversation.

RETWEET — Share a Tweet with your followers. You can even add your own thoughts before you share it.

FAVORITE — Favorite a Tweet to let the author know you like it.

HASHTAGS — Hashtags assign a topic to a Tweet. So, for example, Tweets that contain #WorldCup are about just that. Click on a hashtag to see Tweets related to a topic.

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COMPOSE— Write a Tweet, post a photo, or share a video.

NOTIFICATIONS — See when someone retweets or favorites one of your Tweets, replies to you, or mentions you.

MESSAGES — Have private conversations with your followers.

ME — Access your profile, lists, followers, and the people you follow.

FOLLOW — Quickly follow people by adding their usernames. Perfect for when you meet someone and you’re exchanging info.

What do I tweet? The best Tweets share meaningful moments — big and small. Quote your grandma, share a photo of your pet sloth, or make a Vine video of your youngest doing a tricycle wheelie. If you think it’s interesting, chances are your followers will, too.

Here are some practices teens can use to optimize their account security:

  • Change Passwords Regularly

As with almost any other website, frequently changing the password is a good way of staying safe. Sometimes, passwords are stolen by computer hackers. In other cases, someone may simply figure out what your password is if they see you type it in or if it is just too obvious. So, changing the password on a regular basis can help minimize the chances of the account being compromised.

  • Don’t Click Links in Direct Messages

One of the most common ways hackers get access to your Twitter account is through links in a direct message. You receive a message that says something like “Look at the recent photo session of Justin Bieber ” or “Someone is saying really bad things about you” and they include a link. Your first reaction would be to click that link, but don’t. Once you click, you give them access to your account, and they’ll be using your account to send out these messages to other people.

  • Think twice before adding your location to tweets

Twitter features the option to add your location to each tweet. While this might be a cool feature for some, it can also be a pretty big security risk for others. If you thought about it for a second, it lets people know where you are and where you aren’t and any criminal who is ‘following’ you on Twitter might decide that this would be a great time to rob your house since they know that you won’t be home any time soon.

To turn off the add location to tweet feature; Click on the ‘settings’ option from the drop down menu to the right of the search box. Uncheck the box (if it is checked) next to the ‘Add a location to my tweets’ option and then click the ‘Save Changes’ button from the bottom of the screen.

Additionally, if you want to remove your location from any tweet you have already posted you can click the ‘Delete All Location Information’ button. It may take up to 30 minutes to complete the process.

  • Go private

 If you don’t want the world to see everything you say on Twitter make your profile private, the option is in your settings as well. That way only people you follow back will be able to see your updates, your tweets will also be hidden from the public search as well.


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