Visit the Twitter website and click “Join for free” to create your account. Consider using your real name as your user name to help your friends find you more easily.
Once your account is created, login and click “Settings.” From here, you can setup your account details, manage your password, register your mobile phone and IM account, configure how you receive Notices, upload your photo and customize your account’s design.
Your Twitter page is located at twitter.com/your-username
You can “tweet” from your Twitter page, your mobile phone, IM account, or via a third-party Twitter client.
- From your Twitter page: Simply enter a message in the text field at the top of the page and click “Update.”
- From your mobile phone: Send an SMS message to 40404.
- From your IM account: Send a message to either firstname.lastname@example.org (Jabber/GTalk) or TwitterIM (AOL).
Your tweet will be displayed to your followers, either on their Twitter page, mobile phone, or any other way they are setup to receive Twitter updates.
Following Other Twitter Users
Finding and adding friends to your “Twitterverse” is easy.
- From the Twitter website: Login to your account, visit your friends’ Twitter pages and click “Follow” underneath their photo. If your friend’s account is public, you will immediately start seeing their tweets on your page, otherwise your friend will need to approve you before you can see their updates.
- From your mobile phone or IM account: Send the command follow username.
See the Twitter website for a complete reference of Twitter Commands.
@Replies and Direct Messages
When you send a message with @username at the beginning, it’s understood that your message is intended for that specific user, but all your followers can still see the tweet. Note that for the intended recipient to see your message on their home page, they must be following you, otherwise they will only see your message on the Replies tab.
To send a friend a private tweet, use the Direct command: d username message.