We created a Twitter ‘How To’ video series to share what we know & love about this amazing advocacy tool. Look for three more videos in the next several days–how to join Twitter chats, how to use Tweetdeck, and a very handy Twitter glossary. Try out your skills during this Wednesday’s #DeafInPrison Twitter chat from 3-4pm EST!

Origingal Transcript:

What is Twitter, what is it used for and how?

This video covers Twitter basics, including the importance and impact of this platform, character limits, handles, followers and hashtags, tweets and retweets, likes and replies, and more!

What is Twitter

Twitter is a free information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It’s an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about.

Some people describe Twitter as a newspaper delivered directly to you whose headlines you’ll always find interesting – you can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, get the inside scoop in real-time & get involved in the issue by showing up or sharing your own information on the topic. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your home page for you to read.

Some reasons why people, organizations, businesses use Twitter:
Share resources
Raise awareness about important issues
Create a space for accessible conversations
Connect with like-minded individuals and exchange with those who may not agree with you
Support ongoing professional learning
Engage more people in activism
Get real-time updates on events/news around the world

Are you interested yet? Set up a free account to see for yourself!

Creating an account:

Go to http://twitter.com/ and find the sign up box, which will lead you directly to the signup page.
Enter your name, email address and preferred password, then click ‘Sign Up’.
To verify your phone number, Twitter will send you an SMS text message with a code. Enter the verification code in the box provided.
Then you can select a username.
Double-check your name, phone number, password, and username.
Click Create my account & you’re ready to learn & share!
Remember to add a brief bio and photo to your profile.

Your profile is automatically set to public – anyone can search for you and follow you. You can set your profile to private so people have to request to follow you (similar to friend requests on FaceBook). Since one of the goals of Twitter is to develop your network, it is encouraged to keep your profile to public.
Have fun learning, networking, conversing and getting engaged in topics you love!

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