What is

Twitter is a free networking site that allows its users to send and read short text based posts.


How to Follow NCHCA on Twitter

1. Click on the following link to go to the NCHCA profile page: https://twitter.com/@nchca_ottawa
2. Click the Follow button at the top right of the page.




How to Create a Twitter Account

Go to Twitter.com and sign up for a free account.


Tweeting and Getting Followers

To use Twitter appropriately and effectively, you must learn the Twitter lingo:

  • Tweet: Twitter allows you to post updates (called Tweets) as often as you want (and limited to 140 characters). When you follow other people on Twitter, you see their tweets. When they follow you, they see yours.

    If you want to let your followers know what you are doing, type it in the 'What's happening' text box and then click on the 'Tweet' button.

  • Re-tweet: When you see a Tweet by another user that you want to share, click Re-tweet below it to forward it to your followers instantly. A simple RT (re-tweet) can be a very effective way of attracting followers. Re-tweets are a real time affirmation of someone else's statement and is often rewarded with a follow.

  • Mention: Once you've signed up and chosen a Twitter username, you and others can mention an account in your Tweets by preceding it with the @ symbol, eg: "Glad your shipment arrived @janesmith!"

  • Message: If you want to privately Tweet to a particular user who's already following you, start your Tweet with DM or D to direct-message them, eg: "DM @joesmith234 what is your order number?"

  • Hashtag: Users often add # to words in their Tweets to categorize them for others eg: "Check out our new products for the Fall #fallsale" Think of hashtags as the theme of your Tweet. Users can then click on a hashtag to see other similarly-themed tweets and find yours in search.


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